Frugality, living cheap, living free are all the rage now for 2013. So many of us are either unemployed, underemployed, nearly broke, in debt or barely sliding into homebase each month to pay rent, mortgage, car insurance, cell phone bills, you name it. Not to mention the obscene price of food.
I’m back now in Sunny Florida for the season. Much different diving here. It’s very hard to dive for food in warmer climates. If the food has been sitting out too long, it’s too hazardous or dangerous to eat. Now in colder climates up north, it’s safe to dive for food, even meat. You’re still better off with pre-cooked meat that you can reheat vs. fresh beef, chicken or pork. You can get really sick from uncooked pork or chicken, so watch out.
The other night we stopped at one of our favorite haunts. Found a few things. Some powder makeup, several candles, a beautiful mirror (new in box), chapstick, brow waxers and a few other odds and ends.
We are really down to the wire so we need to make all our money count. We need to spend wisely. Here are some things I’ve been doing more of to save money, survive and thrive.
A major chain drugstore has GREAT clearance aisles. It starts with a C. You can find some really good items for very little money. But you have to go to the store on a regular basis. They also have a green leaf eco program where if you make 4 purchases (1 a day) the 4th one you will get a $1 off your next purchase. Every little bit counts. Right now they are giving you a $10 gift card for every qualified $30 purchase you make. Usually the stuff on sale is soda, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, etc. The last 3 we can never have enough of. They won’t spoil.
I’m a clearance and coupon queen. I have it down now to an art form. I save a tremendous amount of money, not to mention the stockpile of good stuff I get diving. Don’t be scared of diving. It’s really not that bad. Do a little bit at a time. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Read my prior articles on diving safe and being smart.
I’m considering doing a conference call one night a week. You would call into an 800 number with a ID. We would be discussing saving money, cooking, organic farming, canning, dumpster diving, couponing, clearance items, etc. Let me know if that is something you’d be interested in.
Attached is a picture of our latest bounty.
Candles, hand soap and all kinds of goodies