There are many ways to lose money and with modern technology now there are more than ever before. Here are a few money sinkholes and how to combat them.
No joke. Don’t go on the internet when you are ill. You will end up going to your doctor over nothing. What makes us go running to our doctor when we try to diagnose ourselves based on website information? It’s the fact that there are a thousand things that share the same symptoms. The most popular symptom sharers right now are the flu and ebola. One means two days in bed and plenty of fluids. The other means medical isolation. While your internet hypochondria may not be so severe, there are many diseases that share the same symptoms and our minds naturally gravitate towards the worse case scenario.
Keep your family doctor’s number or your ask a nurse number handy. They can tell you what sickness is running through your community, if you need to go to a doctor, and what steps you can take at home when a doctor isn’t needed. They can also tell you a time frame that the symptoms you are experiencing should subside and what to do if they don’t.
Goodness knows how much money has been wasted on social games. There is a sense of obligation to play when your friends are playing. Then there is the desire to build up your city, farm, or cafe. Next you are running out of time for a certain quest, a quest item won’t drop for you, or you have to have that new bunny. And every last one costs money. So you spend money on your non existent establishment.
Limit your time playing social games. Just limiting your time can reduce the chances of you spending money and getting caught up in keeping up with the Jones’ imaginary farm. That being said, social games can become a time wasting addiction. It’s because it’s social interaction that is passive and on everyone’s schedule eventually. Be more socially aggressive. Make a phone call. Write a Facebook comment. Have a party. You’ll feel more socially fulfilled. I promise.
Trying To Make Money
We have all seen the get rich quick schemes that the internet has to offer. They start out with the word free and end with a credit card number request. Some of us have tried them. There are web hosting sites that turn out to be useless to us. There are sites that promise to help us make money, but end up only being a platform to sell us other people’s merchandise. Some of these sites gum up your computer in the process of trying to use them.
Check each site, product, or company with the Better Business Bureau. If the BBB won’t approve it, don’t use its services. Check to see how long your company or service has been in business. Usually the longer a service or business has been around the better the chances are that it’s legitimate. Last, ask around. Ask friends or look for reviews of the company or service on the web. If a service is shady people are more than happy to let the world know.
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Johnson’s Baby Lotion, 15 oz $2.89, regular price
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Buy 2 Bic Silky Touch Disposable Razors, 10 ct $3.24, regular price
Buy 2 Gillette Sensor 3 Disposable Razors, 4 ct $4.99, regular price
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And use two $3.00/1 – Gillette Male Disposable Razor from RP 10/12
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Final Price: $0.65 each, when you buy 4
Buy 2 Tresemme Shampoos, Conditioners or Stylers $4.00 each, when you buy 2, sale price through 11/1
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Buy 2 Halls Base Advanced Vapor Action Menthol Drops Cough Suppressant, 30 ct $1.47, regular price
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Final Price: $0.47 each, when you buy 2
Buy 2 M&M’s Fun Size Milk Chocolate Candies, 11 oz $2.50, regular price
Buy 1, Receive $1.00 with Snap
Use one $1.50/2 – Mars M&M’s Chocolate Candies, 9.9 oz or larger (bricks.coupons.com)
Pay: $3.50, Submit for $1.00 Snap Credit
Final Price: $1.25 each, when you buy 2
Have you bought any Halloween candy yet?
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There are many ways to cut corners when it comes to household costs. My favorites are finding a use for something that I already have. I don’t need to buy an extra item and I get more use out of the items I have. It reduces clutter and increases the room in my shopping cart.
The Fridge Instead of Dry Erase Boards
If you have a standard white fridge don’t buy a dry erase board. Dry erase crayon and marker comes off of your standard white fridge just fine. It’s also a high traffic area so it’s very likely that if you leave a message for a family member on it, they will get the message. For our shorter family members it’s a treat to be able to write on the fridge and only takes a wet cloth to wipe away. You can draw a calendar on your freezer door or write down emergency numbers for the babysitter. It’s a great way to get more use out of your fridge.
The Cleaning Sponge Instead of Wash Cloths and Loofahs
Sponges were made for cleaning and that includes your body. They absorb more than enough soap and water to get your skin clean. If you want to exfoliate use the ones (lightly and gently) that have a the green scrubbing pad on one side. They come in a variety of colors so that you can tell each family member’s sponge from another. If the color system doesn’t appeal to you, you could just get a six pack of sponges and cut them into different shapes for a useful kids crafts. They will love their custom sponge and you will love using the leftovers as cleaning supplies.
Cook Wear Instead of Mixing Bowls
This is a great tip for those with limited cupboard space in their kitchen. Don’t get mixing bowls. Instead use pots to mix up your cookie dough, or mix ingredients for your latest casserole recipe. Your cookware will work just as well as mixing bowls and using them saves both money and space.
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