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

English: Shopping cart with seating for 3 chil...
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 #5: Save at Least $50 Using Your Own Grocery Bags

Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #5: Save at Least $50 Using Your Own Grocery Bags
CVS Green Leaf Tag
The idea behind this CVS tag is that you bring your own bags in to the store and you get paid for doing so. You can buy this tag at the front registers at any CVS store for .99 cents, or sometimes you can get it for free wtih a CVS coupon from the store’s red box. Use it every time you make a purchase, it adds up and then you get an Extra Buck to use at the store. One caveat: you must bring in your own bag in order for the cashier to swipe the tag. (Though many kind cashiers give you a bag anyhow, even if you don’t have one, and they swipe the card.)

Take your own bags to the store. (I am bad at remembering to do this, but now that I’m doing the math….)

Continue reading “The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #5: Save at Least $50 Using Your Own Grocery Bags”

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #3: Never Throw Out a Leftover

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #3: Never Throw Out a Leftover

leftovers make trail mix
Bits and pieces of this and that make a great trail mix. Here’s a pile of leftover peanuts, cashews, M&Ms and almonds. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make your food dollars stretch by using leftovers for soups, casseroles, trail mixes, sauces, dressings, etc.

  • How to make soup with leftovers–read here.
  • Another nifty idea: mix leftover candy into ice cream! For larger chocolate bar-type candies, melt it a bit, then mix or drizzle over the top. Great way to get rid of holiday candy, thank goodness. ~ Marilyn, TFF

The Daily Tightwad Tutor Lesson #2: Dilute Everything!

Welcome to The Daily Tightwad Tutor Lesson #2: Dilute Everything!

saving money on milk
Not enough milk for breakfast? Here’s a simple trick. Dilute with water!

Yesterday you read that you should cut everything in half. Today, get in the habit of diluting everything! That’s right, cut milk, juice (cuts sugar), cleaning fluids (cuts toxicity), shampoo (cuts harshness), conditioner (thins it out a bit), body wash (it’s too concentrated anyhow) — anything liquid! Again, you will either be saving 50% or doubling your money–whichever way you look at it. For more on diluting milk, read this post.~Marilyn, TFF

Clean Out The Closets–It Can Be More Lucrative Than You Thought!

What could be in this closet? Forgotten money? (Photo credit: Apreche)

By Wendy Amundsen, Guest Blogger

If you hate to clean your closets, this post might inspire you. One reader and guest blogger lets us in on what frugal finds she uncovered once she dug into her cluttered closet. Here’s what she found for her stockpile:

I suspect I’m like most people and hate to clean out closets, drawers and cabinets. But one rainy day in last spring, I put on my favorite Rod Stewart album, set my mind to it and buckled down to tackle the closets. What a lucrative endeavor it was!

Besides all the old clothes I found–including a Nehru jacket, a way-too-small mini skirt and a couple of shoes with no mates, I found all kinds of treasures.

This particular closet yielded a total of $20 of unopened paper towels and light bulbs. Encouraged, I pressed on. All together in this one closet, I found over $100 in usable items for my household items stockpile. However my best find was $40.00 stuffed deep in a pocket of an item that I planned on donating to Goodwill. So, I’d say I made about $140 in a couple of hours of simply decluttering one closet.

The next two closets yielded even more items to save me money. I found a new pair of slippers, which was great, because I was just about to go buy a new pair. Tucked away in the back of one closet were four rolls of Christmas wrapping paper, several boxes of Christmas cards, a bag of bows and fancy Hallmark gift bags, all bought on sale the day after Christmas a couple of years ago, but since forgotten. It’s certainly enough to get me through at least two more holidays without spending a dime on wrapping items. And as an added bonus, I didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn the day after Christmas to schlep to the store for any big after-holiday sales!

Not bad for a rainy day.

My next projects will be my drawers, and finally my cabinets. Who knows what I’ll discover.

What have you discovered of worth in your closets, drawers and cabinets?

Veterinarian Costs Vary–It Pays to Call Around for Prices

Is the escalating cost of veterinarian care keeping you from taking in your pets for treatment? It sure is in our house. But calling around for prices can yield some happy and unexpected results. 

Zappa the cat
It’s amazing Zappa stayed still long enough for one fuzzy photo. But he needs to get to a vet, and I need to find one that doesn’t charge an arm and a paw for an exam.

He’s cute and all, but he has bad breath. Over the years, we’ve spent quite a bit of money on vet bills for our various pets. Now, we are down to one cat, who is about thirteen-years-old. His name is Zappa (named by my husband, who is a great fan of who else, Frank Zappa), and he is probably one of the most difficult cats I’ve ever owned (he’s fast, strong, and hates to be caught). But I need to get him to the vet to see what’s causing that bad breath, but what’s been keeping me from picking up the phone and calling for an appointment? Cost!  Continue reading “Veterinarian Costs Vary–It Pays to Call Around for Prices”