Lots More Printable Coupons!

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by Coupon Cathy

Here a bunch more printable coupons to help stretch your savings even further!

$0.75 off any ONE (1) Altoids Arctic tin 1.2oz $0.75 off ONE (1) Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum 3-pack $5.00 off ONE Persil ProClean™ Laundry Detergent $3.00 off two Coppertone sunscreen products Buy 1 Cheez-It CHRUNCH'D™, Get 1 Pringles Free $3.00 off any Alive! Multi-vitamin $4.00 off any Remifemin menopause supplement $4.00 off Any Pearls Branded Product $4.00 off any Primadophilus Fortify $3.00 off GERBER GOOD START Soothe 22.2 oz $5.00 off ONE bottle of GERBER Soothe Colic Drops $2.00 off any ONE (1) NATRIA product $1.00 off any ONE (1) Right Guard Body Wash $1.00 off 2 International Delight Coffee Creamers $0.50 off any 2 Pace Salsa, Picante Sauce, or Dips $1.00 off ONE (1) So Delicious Dairy Free Product $2.00 off one Purina Purpose brand cat litter $3.00 off One (1) PetAction™ Plus Product


Saving Money on Coffee

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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Ok, look, I live in the coffee capital of the United States. I like me some coffee. There are a million different places to get coffee here and unfortunately the very best one which is my very favorite in the whole wide world is only a couple of blocks from our apartment, and also comes with a slightly more premium price than your run-of-the-mill Starbucks. Drip coffee is pretty cheap at any coffee shop, but let’s face it, you’re probably not going out just for drip coffee—you want your espresso! If you buy a $4 coffee once a weekday, that’s $20 a week. If your coffee is more expensive or you buy more than one a day, you’re looking at over a $100 a month in coffee money! How can we cut back on this without becoming caffeine deprived?

The obvious answer is to make coffee at home, and yeah, I know, that sounds boring. It is thrifty though! You don’t need to spend $200 on a fancy machine, a basic one will do. And it doesn’t have to be boring! Many grocery stores now sell containers of flavored syrups that you can use to whip up your own drink at home. You can now have that pumpkin mint mocha with strawberry whipped cream that has been your dream drink for years, even though everyone else thinks it sounds horrid. Even a can of storebought whipped cream to top off your drink costs less than one cup of coffee shop coffee, and it will top a dozen or more drinks!

You don’t need to completely deprive yourself of fancy coffee, either—even if you go out for coffee twice a week, you’re only spending $8 per week instead of $20. Also, grab your travel mug on your way out the door—many coffee shops will knock off ten cents or more if you bring your reusable mug along. Be sure to sign up for any rewards or punch cards as well. If you are buying coffee there somewhat regularly, you might as well have each purchase count towards a free coffee! Coffee is amazing, and you certainly can remain caffeinated in the mornings while saving money at the same time!


Getting Better Performance From Your Old Computer

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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Computers are expensive, but wonderful for making money, socializing, and seeking entertainment. The more you use them however, they seem to work less and less effectively. Here are some computer maintenance tips to keep your computer clean and fast.

Defrag

Like that nasty orange brown residue that grease can leave on your dishes, you can get residue in your computer. When deleting a file from your computer a fragment of that file can be left behind on your hard drive. These fragments take up space and can be in the way when you try to put something else where it is being stored. The best way to deal with these data fragments is to defrag your computer. I like to use mydefrag.com to keep my computer in good working order.

Computer Cleaning

Check for and remove cookies, malware, and viruses. My favorite computer care tools are Avast, Malwarebytes, and CCleaner. The are free and work well when the are used together. Whatever computer care tools you choose to use, make sure you get their download from their official site. Many people put downloads on the internet with ad on software. You can end up getting malware on your computer while trying to download something to remove it. This is not something you need to worry about when you visit the official site and download their tools from there.

Remove Unused Files

Much like an overfilled garage a computer with a bunch of unused software stored on it will be sluggish and take longer to do what you want. For this reason it’s important to do a little computer spring cleaning. Remove old games or software that you don’t play or use anymore. This will free up space in your virtual garage and make it faster to find what you are looking for.

 


Daily Things That Save Us Money

Posted on April 16th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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There are things we do in our lives that we don’t really think about. They could be chores and daily upkeep or the way we keep our homes organized. They are monotonous and repetitive but we have found these methods work for us. We benefit from doing them and the benefits aren’t just peace of mind. They are also monetary.

Kid’s Space

One good way to keep your children away from computers, cooking areas, and other items you would rather keep in working order is to give them their own space. A whole room for play would be nice (I admit a child proof room with padded walls would be nice sometimes) but you can dedicate a corner of your living room to your little ones. They won’t need to get in trouble for not knowing where to play and your computer can have a longer life.

Clean

Cleaning saves money for us in so many ways. It reduces the amount of germs in the house.  It keeps bugs and arachnids at bay. It reduces stress because there isn’t a bunch of clutter, but that isn’t the only benefit to cleaning. If you want to reduce the chances of an emergency room bill cleaning can help do that. Most accidents happen at home. Accidents are less likely to happen with a clear floor and when sharp objects are stored in a safe place.

Making Lists

We make chore lists, grocery lists, and lists of things we want. These small but helpful collections of thought save us money. We know what we want in a store and are less likely to overspend or impulse buy. We know what our children want for birthdays and holidays and don’t end up getting gifts for them that they don’t want.

What everyday actions do you do that end up saving you money?

 

 

 

 


The Frugal Life Is A Family Life

Posted on April 15th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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Family is important to most people. We do what we do to take care of our family and give them the things that they need. Being frugal can help give our families some of the physical needs and also helps us to meet their needs for time together.

We Prioritize Family Time

A frugal family takes the time to save a dollar, but doesn’t always chase a dollar. Sure, we clip coupons, work on gardens and crafts, but we can do all those things with a family around. We work hard at our jobs, but at the end of the day we don’t feel compelled to stay there to make a little extra money. Going home becomes our habit rather than money hunting.

We Do Frugal Things As A Family

The thrifty family likes to do things from scratch. We cook and bake from scratch. We make gifts rather than buy them. We even fix our own cars. Then we make sure that we teach our children how to do the things that we can. That means the two year old is in the kitchen helping pour ingredients in a bowl and mix. Teenagers learn to do their own laundry and darn socks and sew on buttons. This all comes from watching mom and dad do these things. In fact, throwing things out rather than fixing them becomes a foreign concept to them. Parents have taught them to fix things and make them last longer rather than waste money to buy another item.

Money Spent On Family

As a frugal family we worry less about the basic needs of our family. All our bills are up to date and our house payment or rent is paid. We buy things outright and nothing can be repossessed. When we do have money to spend often we spend the money on a family outing or trip. We camp together, go to amusement parks together, or just have movie nights with pizza and popcorn.

 


Planning To Save Time and Money

Posted on April 14th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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Planning has many benefits. It keeps us on a calm, organized, and on schedule. We know what most of our days will bring and gives us a sense of security. It also saves us time, resources and stress.

Saving Time

Saving time doesn’t just save time. It save money. It gives us the time to spend with our children and to do the things we actually want to do. Tools for time management can be very expensive. They can also be free. A good example is that many email accounts come with a calendar that then can break down your day. Some even have the weather built into your daily calendar check.

It’s good to know what the weather will be like the next day so that you can plan appropriate travel time into your schedule. It’s also important to check traffic patterns before leaving for work. You may find you need to leave early or take another route to work. This can keep you from wasting gas, sitting in traffic, and getting to work late even though you left on time.

Recurring Appointments

Plan for wellness check ups, doctor’s appointments, and regular car maintenance in advance. On the day of your appointment schedule the next appointment. In doing so, you know that expense is coming months in advance and you can start planning for it months in advance rather than at the last minute.

Meal Plans

Having a grocery list ensures that you have food in your home. Having a meal plan ensures those ingredients come together to create a meal. You can have a strict plan that follows a day by day menu for your meals. You could also have a soft plan where you have all the ingredients for certain recipes, but you still choose which recipe to use today rather than earlier that week or month.

Planning your meals ahead also gives you a better chance of making healthy meals. You can look up recipes and check nutritional value and calorie content. A good website for this is sparkpeople.com. It has all the recipes and meal planning tools in one spot.

 


5 Reasons To Use Canned Meat

Posted on April 13th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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We live in a time where time itself is a precious and rare commodity. We don’t really take a lot of time to unwind or spend time with family and friends. Most of us have jobs or money saving projects that we invest a great deal of our time in. We don’t want to invest more into cooking, although we still want to eat healthy meals in the comfort of our own home. Using canned meat can help with reduce cost, cooking time, and stress.

Lower Cost

Canned meat costs less money than fresh cuts of meat. This can save you a good deal of money when grocery shopping. It cuts our grocery costs by fifty plus dollars.

Time

Using canned meat in my recipes helps me save a good deal of time. It’s nice to be able to use that time for more important activities and on the family.

No Thawing

One of the most annoying things to happen after a long day is to come home to  make dinner only to discover that no one took dinner out to thaw. With canned meat you don’t have to worry about that. Your meat is already thawed and ready to be used. You just open the can, drain the water, and use it in your dinner recipe.

Already Cooked

Most canned meats have already been cooked. This means most recipes that require meat will go faster. You will need to warm the meat up, but you won’t need to worry about uncooked or partially cooked meat and all the bacteria that goes along with it.

No Meat Preperation

You don’t need to cut the meat up. You don’t need to remove skin or bones (with the exception of some canned fish). The meat is ready to use as it comes out of the can. The only thing I have ever had to do to prepare canned meat is break larger chunks into smaller ones.

 


Taking Advantage of Your Local Library!

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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Local libraries can be amazing resources for saving money! And I don’t just mean checking out books about saving money, either. With the advent of the internet and mobile phones, people visit their libraries less and less—including me. But they offer quite a few ways to save money! How so?

Checking Out Entertainment—Everyone knows libraries lend books. Most libraries lend DVDs, Blu-Rays, and CDs as well. If you’re willing to wait until that movie you want to see comes out on DVD, rather than seeing it in the theater, you can save quite a bit of money! Just remember to return them in time to avoid fines. Don’t like using paper books anymore? Many libraries now lend e-books as well. Check with your local branch to see if yours does!

Entertain the Kids—Libraries often offer storytimes for children. Instead of taking your child to a play gym or class you need to pay for, if money is tight take them to library storytime! Good libraries will often have art or other activities such as puppet shows for free as well.

Museums on the Cheap—I live in a large city, so I’m not sure how many other city libraries do this. But our city library lends out limited museum passes to anyone with a library card! There is often a waitlist, but if you are flexible with the times and days you want to attend, you can score free passes to the aquarium, zoo, or other local museums—savings here can easily head into the hundreds of dollars depending on how many passes you normally would have had to buy!

Do Your Taxes At The Library—and not from a self-help book! During the first half of the year many libraries, along with other local government institutions, offer free tax help and filing services. Contact your local branch to see if you need to make an appointment and what forms and items you will need to bring with you.

What other low-cost or free services have you received from your local library?


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