This morning there was a little excitement in our home and it isn’t even a April Fools Joke! My boys and I collected the names of those who sent tips for our Tightwad Gazette books, Jacob wrote them down and put them in a bowl and Benny pulled out Mich Gasser and Jacob pulled out smitsda1. I will contact you to get your home address and get your books sent out this week or you can Email me at Candyh@dealwithitsimply.com
These are the great tips I received and Thank you to all of you for sharing!
Ernie: Costco…..I am a member and be willing to take someone!!!
Jane: Happy 1st anniversary! My tip? If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, set aside some “attitude money”. Even a small amount of money in cash or a bank account that you’re not going to touch for living expenses can have a big impact on your outlook. A more positive attitude and more financial self-confidence help us fight off mistakes induced by feeling of fear and panic.
Monroe on a Budget: When milk is cheap, that’s also a good time to make muffins and freeze them. Or make pudding with whippy topping instead of cupcakes for dessert!
Smitsda1: Paper liners from cereal boxes are the best! Did you know that is a Depression era habit? Just slide a sandwich or chips into a smaller one; fold up the paper & close with one of those many free address stickers (cut off the name/address part if privacy is an issue) or left-over rubber band/ or twist tie. Husband & I aren’t huge bread eaters but occasionally buy clearance whole grain from Kroger, etc’s bakery or I’ll bake some myself. To freeze the loaf I cut open a clean paper cereal box liner & begin layering 1 slice of bread & then fold the paper accordion style & place another slice on top of that. I keep going until the entire loaf is done. Slip back the loaf back into the original plastic bag & you can even put that into a larger cereal liner bag to prevent frost. Close the bags with a left over twist tie or piece of masking tape… much cheaper than freezer tape! Then you can take bread out as you need it & haven’t used 1 Ziploc, etc. bag in the process. Works well for other things like bacon, hand pressed burger patties etc.
Monroe on a Budget: Back to school sales often are pretty good two or three weeks before parents or students are mentally “ready” to shop for school. But if you wait too long, the inventories are picked over and higher cost.
So here’s what I do: I buy the basic supplies that I knew daughter needed: paper, pens, folders, etc. on steep discounts when I see the sales begin. College daughter was actually out of town to her summer jobs past two summers when I was doing that.
If there is something I knew she personally wanted to pick out, we’d do that whenever it was convenient for her. It does cut the last-minute hassle down when we have a short list.
Monroe on a Budget: I couldn’t handle the Once a Month Cooking concept either and quickly gave my book away.
But once a week kitchen prep? That’s quite possible. Boil the eggs, make a pot of iced tea, cut the carrots or veggies. …
Monroe on a Budget: Yeah, $30 off at checkout would be an inspiration!
A lot of people are using binders for their coupon storage these days. You can get binders fairly cheaply at Staples or Wal-Mart, although Candy is lucky to have sheet protectors on hand. Those get pricey after awhile. I use the binder books for most of my scrapbooking (the “good” scrapbook albums are for special projects).
I have a question, though. Do you carry the binders to the store or just the coupons you expect to use? Seems to me you’d need something else to carry the coupons to the store.
Where I do use a binder is to store my rebate forms and shopping fliers since I don’t need to carry all those on each shopping trip. … just the ones for that particular store.
Smitsda1: Husband & I eat an odd diet due to health reasons. Usually can do better with store brands BUT I do keep in mind that Kroger gives double coupon value up to $1. Plus, they take off an additional 5% every Wednesday for seniors who have a Golden Buckeye card. Guess when I buy my very few indulgences?
Mich Gasser: My tip would be not to go to 12 different stores…just stick to 1 or 2 stores. We shop at Giant Eagle every couple of weeks to stockpile items using coupons combined with sale prices, and we accumulate the gas credits so we get a free fill up fairly often.
Jane: Keep a Price Book to know a good price when you see one.
Janet: We are water conscience also. We keep the bucket in the bathtub under the faucet and all day long after someone does their wadu ( washing before prayer) the extra water is gathered and used to flush the toilet. You have to make sure that you don’t just use a water bucket every time though because the toilet will not flush as well if you don’t use the handle sometimes. I am not sure why but I think it is because the mechanisms in the top water well do not get used.
We also collect rainwater for watering the garden.
One thing we also did this year was to install a water filter system. It may not be frugal in some respects but is the long term investment when it comes to the health of your body and the health of your items that use water like your faucets, dishwasher, and washing machine. The lime deposits do not build up. It also saves money you would spend on bottled water and keeps those empty bottles out of the landfills.
Thank you to all who sent tips and I am looking for another giveaway for our 100th post coming up soon!
Have a Great Day and God’s Blessings on you, Candy