Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Ahem...drum roll please...
__ Don't go shopping in the first place! __
The reality is, if you're just heading out to the malls or local shops to DO SOMETHING, then you're obviously going to be spending money just for the sake of shopping. If you're feeling bored, then do something else that you love: read a book you've been meaning to, call a friend you haven't talked to in a while, or do something wonderfully creative like painting. Or, just go for a walk somewhere without any temptations to spend.
Obviously, we all need to shop sometimes. We need to get groceries, and we need essentials like clothing. But, when you're shopping for all the wrong reasons - because you're bored/angry/upset/bummed out - then you're spending money for no real reason at all. It won't make you feel any better when you get the bills sent in the mail. So, if you're feeling the need for some retail therapy, try something else instead. You'll feel better and so will your wallet.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Take any bill, and lower it.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Just pour about a teaspoon or so of table salt into a spray bottle, and then fill with cool tap water. Shake well to dissolve salt entirely into the water. Spray hair with this mixture. The saltiness of the water will work to add waves and body to your hair - just like what happens when you're lounging on the beach!
And...next time you're AT the beach, remember to grab a handful of wet sand to scrub your feet. It's a natural foot scrub that will leave your tootsies feeling soft and healthy.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
And that's what we frugalites love - more for less.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Today, we put $30.00 in the bank! All from coins that were laying around in pockets or purses, and accumulating in jars. Thirty bucks is certainly nothing to sneeze at, and shows that doing a search for coins really can add up and be worthwhile.
Want to get a 'rollin up those coins? Here are some great places to find forgotten coins and change around your home (and other places too):
- Pockets. I'm often guilty of putting change in my jeans pocket or jacket pocket. Do a thorough search of these areas.
- Bags, purses, cases or luggage of any type. Again, leftover change often finds its way into these areas.
- Jars, or other spots where you chuck change. We had an overflowing jar filled with pennies, dimes, nickels and loonies and toonies ($1 and $2 coins. Not as many of those as we'd have liked, though!)
- Beneath sofa & chair cushions - of course, since change likes to fall out and nestle in these cozy little areas!
- Outside the home...Keep your eyes open for coins when you're walking along or in spots like vending machines and payphones. You'll often find some change there!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Why not have a Swap Night with friends? You can choose the theme:
- Pantry Swap - swap products that you don't really need for ones you do
- Beauty Swap - hair care products, skincare products, perfume, etc
- Fashion Swap - Clothing that you no longer wear (or maybe that no longer fits properly) can be swapped for brand new to you clothes! (You can also swap shoes that you no longer wear, jewelry and/or accessories like belts and scarves.)
- Kids' Clothes and Toys Swap - Children's clothing and toys are a great theme for a swap night! You'll save a ton of money, and so will your friends.
Have everyone bring a refreshment, and your frugal swap night will be a lot of fun for a very few pennies. And, this is also recycling at its very best!
We had a small bottle of all-natural massage oil in the medicine cabinet. It had ingredients like jojoba oil, soy oil and sweet almond oil, and said it contained no irritants. Hmmm! I'd read in a woman's magazine that eye makeup remover should be a bit oily, to successfully remove all traces of makeup from your eyes, without having to tug (and cause wrinkles! Boo!)
I poured a little bit onto an oversized cotton ball and - it worked amazingly well! In fact, it removed every trace of mascara, even better than the specialty remover does. I think any all-natural oil blend (or even regular olive oil!) would work just fine too. Keep in mind, though, that if you want to use an oil like this, you'll need to take off your eye makeup first, and then wash your face as normal to remove all traces of oil.
Let me know if you try it and like this tip!
Friday, February 06, 2009
- Fast food x 3 meals a week = $18.00 = $900
- 'Nice' lunch once a week with coworkers = $15 a pop = $750
- Bagged lunch 1 time a week = $0 additional (paid for with grocery budget)
Let's take all of these numbers and multiply them by 50 weeks...and you get (gulp!) $1650 a year! And that's just on lunches! This is a really low estimate too, as some lunches can be a lot pricier than this.
Make a firm and determined goal for yourself to simply NOT EAT OUT AT LUNCH. Leftovers from last night's meals, or a simple sandwich and a piece of fruit are healthy options that are a frugalite's dream.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
- eBay - Free product coupons are sometimes sold on eBay. If you can find a lot of coupons that are a bargain - and allow you to get some very inexpensive groceries to fill the pantry! - it might be well worth it to buy a lot or two of coupons from eBay. This is also a way to find coupons you might never find otherwise. You can also find free product coupons and high value coupons this way...sometimes with those high value coupons, the product is nearly free after the coupon is redeemed.
- Google - Get savvy with searching for coupons with Google! Try searching for exactly what you're looking for. For example, if you're looking for peanut butter coupons, search the brand name, plus the term coupon, like this: "Jiffy peanut butter +coupon." Or, try searching for printable coupons online from your favorite retailers or grocery stores.
- Finding Coupon Codes - Coupon codes aren't a physical paper coupon, but rather a valuable code that can be applied at checkout to your online purchases. Sometimes these can be an incredible bargain! I've had online coupon codes for Sears and other online retailers that saved me $20 or more on a $100 purchase! Again, use Google or your favorite search engine and use search terms like: "Sears +coupon code" or "Amazon +coupon codes"
Have any more online coupon hunting techniques? Please post a comment with your ideas!