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Posted on April 27th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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Advantages of Pre-Purchasing Gifts

Posted on April 27th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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How do you beat the holiday rush when it comes to gifts? Buy as much as you can ahead of time! It might sound kind of stupid—I mean, isn’t the holiday season when all the sales are? But it can be worth it to plan for birthdays and holidays way ahead of time, if possible. If you have a 3 year old who is super into Dora the Explorer and after Christmas, a bunch of Dora stuff is 70% off, you may NOT want to go nuts buying stuff because in a year who knows what he or she will like? But gender neutral, basic things are almost always appreciated.

Naturally, after Christmas is when the biggest clearance sales, toy-wise, are. Many things hit 30-50% off the day after, but if you wait until after January 1st, many things hit 75% or more off. Of course, it’s kind of a gamble what you will find, but if anything looks even vaguely like someone on your gift list might like, buy it!

I found a huge art set on clearance at Target for $5. I picked up it and stashed it in my closet, knowing that my nephew’s 4th birthday was in a few months. About a week before his birthday I saw the exact same art set at a different store for the full price of $18! I was pretty happy with my find, and my nephew was happy with his gift (and naturally I’d peeled off the clearance sticker before wrapping it so his parents had no idea I’d bought it so cheaply).

This strategy works if you’re more of the do-it-yourself gifter, as well. Scrapbooking and other craft supplies often hit low sale prices after the holidays and after the beginning of the school year as well. Scoop ‘em up on sale, spend a couple of weeks making your gifts in your spare time, and voila! You’re done for the year! Isn’t that awesome?

If It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It

Posted on April 27th, 2015 by Discount Debbie


A friend and I were were watching Star Trek once and she commented on how after all those pretend centuries people were still using the zipper in the space exploring age. I responded that if it wasn’t broke, you shouldn’t fix it. That’s how I feel about many things and it has saves me a ton of money.

Take Potty Chairs For Example

It seems like a simple thing. Any parent knows how to use a potty chair and is trying to teach their child how to use it. Then comes a different version. We now have a miniature toilet and a potty seat that latches on to the regular toilet. You are given the choice as a parent to empty your toddlers waste in the toilet and cleaning out the chamber or risk wetting yourself as you try to pry the other design off the toilet so you can use the facilities yourself.

Next comes designs. They now have a holder for the ipad, lights that light up when your child pees, and one that make music in bowel movement celebration. Heck, they even make one that looks like frog face eating your child’s backside (as if my skittish toddler will want to risk that). They are all very creative ideas that have nothing to do with actually going potty. Not only that, but there is no actual proof that they work better than the old fashioned potty chair which costs a third (at the very least) than the potties that can now fly to the moon and play an in flight movie.

Real Progress Promotes Frugality

While the same concept can be applied to many, many fluffed up newer models of old products, there is such thing as useful progress. The fun thing about progressive progress is that it save money, reduces waste, and promotes frugality. For example, I was reading an article about a new type of shoe that can grow with a child. It will save a parent money, reduce the amount of shoes that need to be used and eventually discarded, and was made specifically for countries and families that would otherwise have a difficult time keeping their kids in shoes. That’s a type of fix to a product I can get behind.

In the mean time you and I can help by rejecting puffed up versions that do the same thing as the less expensive model from last year.




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Posted on April 27th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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Posted on April 24th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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When a Sale is Not a Sale

Posted on April 24th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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So, I have two kids and there might be a third in the near future. I’ve subscribed to several kid’s clothing site newsletters that pop up in my email inbox daily—sometimes more than daily. Half-daily? Anyway, it sounds like a nuisance, but I’ve come to notice a pattern in those emails and other store emails in which some sales are clearly better than others—or not even different at all.

Of course, if you get an email for KidsClothes that’s a 10% off everything coupon one week, and a 20% off everything coupon the next week, it’s pretty obvious which sale is better. Some are a little harder to figure out, though.

Let’s say a jacket we want to buy from KidsClothes is $20 regular price. Last week, KidsClothes sent a blindingly bright e-mail proclaiming that the whole store was 50% OFF FOR A LIMITED TIME! That brings the price of the jacket to $10! Shipping is $5 so it’s really $15, but still, not bad, right? I get a jacket delivered to my door without ever having to get off my butt for only $15. But say I’m on the fence about buying it, and suddenly the sale is over and the price jumps back up to $20. Lame.

Next week, I get a seizure-inducing e-mail proclaiming that now KidsClothes is having a Buy One Get One 50% Off Sale with FREE SHIPPING! I don’t want to miss another sale and end up paying $20 for this jacket so I should jump on this sale! I have to get two items for the sale to take effect, so I decide to get a second jacket in a different size for my other child. The first jacket is full price, $20, and the second one is half off, $10, so $30 total and no shipping! But wait…that brings the total per jacket to $15, which is exactly what I would have paid during last week’s sale.  Both sales were worded to seem vastly different, but the end price per item ends up being exactly the same.

So what’s the moral here? Keep an eye on those sales and try not to fall prey to the wording that makes you think you are getting a one-time-only mega steal. In this case, after a month, the jacket I wanted ended up going on “clearance” for $15. A coupon that could be used on clearance items was in the next newsletter, and I finally got the item for under $10.  If you’d like to buy new clothing or other items, see if you can subscribe to email newsletters for a few weeks and try to catch the item when it is REALLY on sale… not just when the company wants you to think it is.

When At First You Don’t Succeed…

Posted on April 24th, 2015 by Discount Debbie


My brother used to always tell me that when at first you don’t succeed, sky diving is not for you. While I firmly believe he was right about sky diving, that doesn’t make it  true about money saving methods. In fact in spite of these ideas may not work out for you the first time, in the long run they can still save you money using them.

Learning Curve

Let’s take the money saving idea of cooking your own meals from scratch rather than buying fast food, meals in a bag, and bagged bread. Cooking is a skill and like all skills, has a learning curve. Your first loaf of bread may not turn out the way you hoped. If it makes you feel any better, mine didn’t even look like a loaf. You may discover you only skimmed the recipe and you have tried to stick two loafs worth of bread dough into one pan. It happens. It’s just a learning experience to help you avoid future mistakes.

Time In Life

Clipping coupons may not be something you would pursue while living single with the belief you can live off of cup of noodle soups and peanut butter sandwiches. You don’t have the storage space to build a coupon fueled food storage. You don’t have the gas to go to six different stores and the time to hunt down the smallest product size in each. Besides, the generic brand is usually less expensive even with a coupon.

When you become a married parent trying to fuel that formula and diaper bill with no expanded income to make ends meet (and they were barely touching to begin with) you may want to revisit that whole coupon thing, or cloth diaper idea. Where it wasn’t helpful before, it can be vital now.


New Printable Coupons!

Posted on April 24th, 2015 by Coupon Cathy

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