Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Starting an Exchange

So your daughter needs a new pair of winter boots and you are strapped with Christmas coming. Why not call around to friends and family and start an exchange. This can also be done on local message boards or online groups. I go to yahoo groups and Cafe mom and found local groups and they are doing it. You just list what you need or what you have to give and others respond to it.

Freecycle.com is another great way to find and give things. I encourage you to do a little research and find some great free stuff and in turn to give back and give some gently used items to others.

Create a Great Life!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Black Friday!!!

SO I hear that this is a great way to save money but I just can't bring myself to get out there and get crazy with all those people. I have noticed that there are some great deals online. I just got an email from Old Navy offering some great sales on their web sites. So this is where I will be on Black Friday, in front of this computer getting some great deals in my jammies.

I encourage you to check out your favorite stores online and see what they offer tomorrow.

No I know that for some of you this in the event of the year and that is great. You go girl or guy :o). Just remember to enjoy the process, shopping should be fun.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Buying in Bulk a Few Secrets

I am not big on buying in bulk because I feel that sometimes things just don't get used and then it is a waste so here are some tips.

Buying in bulk a few secrets #1
Buy large bags of trail mix and like items and as soon as you get it home put it in snack bags so there are servings instead of a one time sit down with the bag. This can be done with several items that you can buy in bulk.

Buying in bulk a few secrets #2
Buy meat in bulk, have the butcher at the store cut it up for you and then bring it home and use a food saver to vacuum pack it all in meal size portions.

Buying in bulk a few secrets #3
Di you know that you can grate and freeze cheese. When you do this it is great for cooking and baking but not so great just thawed and used. So keep that in mind when deciding what you are going to need for the tacos verses the lasagna.

happy bulk shopping!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Shopping at Thrift Stores

I love Thrift stores and I found a little secret at my local Good Will about a year ago. I guess I knew about it all along I just never bothered to check it out. It is the As Is Store, at my store it is back by the Donation Center and I love it.

Just a little word of warning here... You have to love the hunt and not mind digging through other peoles junk to enter this area.

Basically it is all the stuff that either didn't sell in the main store and they have pulled to make room for other stuff or it was stained, broken, unable to put up for sale in the main store.

And believe me when I say there is alot of junk. But amidst that junk there are some true treasures. I actually discovered because I was trying to find a new place to buy items to list on Ebay. They sell by the pound with clothing so I am get a box full of clothes for $5 to $10. I have bought things that I paid 50 cents for and sold on ebay for $50+. That is what I am talking about!!! I cloth my kids in American Eagle, Abercrombie, Old navy, etc... and it is sll treasures that I find there. I found a Pride and Prejudice book form 1941 for 50 cents and sold it for $38 on Ebay.

SO if you love and I do mean love the hunt this is the place for you. I have never left empty handed and I go several times a week.

Words of Advice...
Take a purse that can easily be put over your shoulder.
Bring cash, ours takes cash or checks no cards here.
When digging through clothes your arms will get tired, mine are built up now so take it slow :o)
Bring a good attitude and you will find the best stuff!!!
Have Fun
Oh and Please wash your hands after, there is some scary stuff in there. I carry hand sanitizer.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Shopping Alternatively

I found a great place to shop and save money. We have a Cash and Carry store here. I discovered it when I was doing some shopping on the run for our 4H concession stand to replenish some food that we ran out of in the middle of the day. They sent me to this Cash and Carry. I had heard about it but never shopped there assuming it was just for business owners. I was even a bit nervous thinking that they would ask me for proof of what I was buying these huge cans of chili and nacho cheese, but no they even told me that as long as I had a debit card, credit card or cash I could shop there any ol' time I want. WOW! I have been back every week since!!

I buy chips for my family, you can get 50 bags of lunch size chips for $11.99, that lasts, my family of 5, 2 weeks sometimes. I get 40 pre formed burgers for about $20 which is great for big get togethers or several meals. My kids buy candy in bulk and resell it for a profit to their friends. there are some great bargains in there and I am discovering new ones all the time.

just be careful in stores like this because I have found a few things that are not great deals. Produce in these stores are usually not a great deal since it is sold in large quantities and would go bad before you could use it. All the meat items seem to be great deals. Most come portioned out so they are really convenient too.

So check out your local Cash and Carry type store and bring home some great deals!!

Have a great day!!! Check out my published article!!
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1104747/how_to_plan_meals_and_shop_on_a_budget.html?cat=22

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Coupons...

I jsut was on Ebay and did you know that people sell coupons on there? You can get them for clothes, diapers, formula, restaraunts.... the list goes on.

I jsut wanted to share this with you. Now go save some money and time!!!

It is time to Christmas Shop!

What already, we haven't even trick or treated yet! Well folks if you want to save money by not blowing your wad, so to speak, all in December it is time to start.

If you do weekly shopping like I do it is time to start adding a few extras to the cart each week. What a great time to get those stocking stuffers out of the way. What about movies that your loved ones might want or books. If you buy just a few items per week and build up a reserve of presents you are on your way to getting things done and being able to put a little more thought into each item.

I do this for Birthdays, Easter, school supplies, school clothes. You get the idea, just keep spreading it out and it will all be done or at least close to it by the time that special day comes along.

Happy Shopping!!!

Meal planning and shopping to save Money $$$

One of the things that you can do to save money while grocery shopping is to make a list of what you are going to have for dinner for the next week and then shop off of that list. You then ad the lunch and breakfast items along with your other needs. I shop once per week for a family of 5 and do it for about 150 per week for everything, sometimes over and sometimes under.

If you start to do this weekly or bi weekly it will help your spending come down. I go on Friday because that is when we get paid and shop for Friday night thru Thursday night of the following week.

I do shop for bargains but I don't bother with coupons, I just choose not to but if you like them go for it.

Happy Shopping!