The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson 12–Really Read Expiration Dates on Food Packages

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Many homemade peanut butter cookies are in my family’s future! That’s because I goofed and bought loads of natural pb that will soon expire in October. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson 12–Really Read Expiration Dates on Food Packages

I once almost bought a box of falafel mix from a health food store until I realized the box was sort of…um, musty (!) and the expiration date was long over. Yuck. Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson 12–Really Read Expiration Dates on Food Packages”

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The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson #11: Open and Read EVERY Bill (You may be sorry if you don’t)

The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson #11: Open and Read EVERY Bill (You may be sorry if you don’t)  Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson #11: Open and Read EVERY Bill (You may be sorry if you don’t)”

The Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #10: Save 20% or More By Grocery Shopping Without Your Kids

The Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #10: Save 20% Or More By Grocery Shopping Without Your Kids

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Yes, these carts with kids’ seats seem ideal, but kids pop in and out of the seats, still grab things, etc. Plus, have you ever tried to handle one of these things in a store! OMG! I felt like I was driving a tractor trailer with those heavy two-seater carts! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s tough to make this a short post, but it’s worth a quick note. Shop without kids, no matter what age (babies distract, too). Continue reading “The Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #10: Save 20% or More By Grocery Shopping Without Your Kids”

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #9: Clean a Stubborn Stovetop Stain With Lemon Juice

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Lemon juice to the rescue! This tip from The Cheapskate Mom is great, I can’t wait to try pouring lemon juice on my black stove top to clean it up. If it works, I don’t have to buy those dreadful and expensive cleaners anymore. Yay! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #9: Clean a Stubborn Stovetop Stain with Lemon Juice (Thanks to the Cheapskate Mom!!) 

I HAVE to try this ASAP. I love this tip from The Cheapskate Mom. Pour some lemon juice on a cool stove top, wait about an hour, then wipe up. Continue reading “The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #9: Clean a Stubborn Stovetop Stain With Lemon Juice”

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #8: Discover the “Sample” Feature on Your Kindle

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #8: Discover the “Sample” Feature on Your Kindle

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If you haven’t discovered it yet, find the “Sample” feature on your Kindle. It’s free, and it allows you to sample books you may be dying to read, ones the library may not have yet, and those you don’t want to spend the money on right away. Cover via Amazon

If you have a Kindle (frugal people probably have the $79 version), there’s a free feature that you may not be aware of: the book sample.   Continue reading “The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #8: Discover the “Sample” Feature on Your Kindle”

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #7: Stash Your Dollar Bills

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #7: Stash Your Dollar Bills

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Grab and stash those one dollar bills floating around your wallet, purse or house! It adds up quick. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is sort of a new thing I’m doing, but it is classic idea for many frugal people. Whenever I see a dollar bill (in my husband’s wallet, in mine, etc.), I grab and stash it in an envelope in a drawer (that no one but myself knows about…critical point so no one else dips into it…). It’s a simple, quick way to save some petty cash. It’s kind of a surprise to find out how much you have even after a month! That’s what happened to us–I grabbed our envelope as we headed out to an amusement park. We had plenty of cash for the day and I didn’t have to go to the ATM. 

BTW, I know some people do this with $5 bills. I wish, I wish, but I’m happy to do it with dollar bills!

~Marilyn, TFF