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4th of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Achieving a Zero Waste Lunchbox at School and Work: Frugal Fairfielder Edition

Here’s another way to keep the green while being green:

Way #4 – Save loads of money and reduce your carbon footprint with a Zero Waste Lunch box at school and at work.  Continue reading “4th of 7 Ways to Zero Waste-Achieving a Zero Waste Lunchbox at School and Work: Frugal Fairfielder Edition”

5 Important & Quick Tips About Clipping Coupons

1. Cut, Don’t Rip Out Coupons

Store associates prefer clean cut coupons with clear expiration dates.
Store associates prefer clean cut coupons with clear expiration dates.

I know I’ve done this a million times — I’ve ripped out coupons and tore off the expiration date which rendered the coupon totally useless.  Continue reading “5 Important & Quick Tips About Clipping Coupons”

The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson #17–Take Advantage of Spray Paint for Dated Items

The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson #17–Take Advantage of Spray Paint for Dated Items

spray painted mirror
We freshened up an old mirror frame by spray painting it black to match our console table. The original frame (over two decades old), was drab natural oak. But, since I wasn’t willing to part with over $200 for the black glass mosaic mirror I really wanted, updating this mirror with inexpensive left-over spray paint was the best option for now (but it’s been over a year since we’ve had this mirror up over our console table).

Even for non-DIYers, spray paint is the way to go to update interior and exterior home items such as frames, outdoor furniture, indoor light fixtures (who knew?) Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson #17–Take Advantage of Spray Paint for Dated Items”

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”