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May 31, 2014

Slim Pickings for the summer

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It’s been hot here or raining. Mother Weather can’t make up her mind, or maybe she has. We’ve been finding bits and pieces but nothing to write home about. You just can’t take food if it’s been sitting in the dumpster all day. Unhealthy and dangerous. So we stay away. We have quite bit of food stored in our freezer so we’re good for now.

We are remodeling our Appalachian house. It’s an old house, needs a lot of paint, shelves and other items. But it’s paid for, it has a new roof. Needs new siding, that’s coming on this summer. It’s a lot of work. But we can do it.

Tonight I dropped off at a local church/rehab center a large bag of cosmetics, i.e. eye shadow (pink or blue is definitely not the shadow of choice for a middle aged woman), gel, mousse, hair spray, nail art and various other items. The ladies in the dorm (for lack of a better term) will like these things, they’re all brand new and unopened.

Clutter is bad feng shui. It blocks energy flow and nothing new can come to you.

We’ve been trending the stores in our area. Food stamps are loaded 19 days in a row in our state. A few days after the food stamp loading is done for the month, the stores are DEAD. You could shoot a cannon down the aisle. THIS is when you shop. If someone is on food stamps, they need to check their state for when the EBT card is loaded. If you’re on EBT or not, you can get serious bargains this time of the month. That is when I shop. If something is a good price, I buy it all.

Local stores around here have good once a week sales (for one day only), once a month hot sales and a few times a year big bang up summer seasonal sales. Save your money if you can and please buy then.

An item yesterday was marked down to .75. Poise hot flash cooling wipes. 20 to a package. I bought all four packages. With the heat here in the summer, these will be refreshing to have.

Today we ate dinner at Outback. We’d not dined out since my birthday a few weeks ago. Because we do not eat out that often, we make it count. We save our money and dine at a place that has good food and a good atmosphere. I even had a sour apple martini.

We were gone all day canvassing the area and exploring. I put in my cooler several containers of water, some protein and a few sodas. That keeps you hydrated in the heat.

Shop at off times if you can. If any of my readers work the weekends, shopping mid-week or even Monday mornings are the best times. Very little people in the store, parking is a breeze and checkout is easy.

My lovely readers, how do you save money in this economy? What are your frugal ideas?


January 11, 2013

2013 The year of the clearance sale

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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

Candles, hand soap and all kinds of goodies

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