Grocery List

Top 10 Reasons to Use a Grocery List

10. Because you always forget the one item necessary to make that recipe.

9. Because if it is not on the list, it’s a “NO”.

8. Because your child just sneezed. Tissue, huh!

7. To relocate that pesky fly.

6. Because you are at the store and you don’t know why.

5. To protect your cart from the extra junk food.

4. Mommy brain!

3. To distract the shopper next to you. While they pick up your list, you pick up the last sale item!

2. How else would you remember all of our rock bottom deals?

1. Because you can submit your list to www.grocerylist.org

 

April 20, 2009

What is a Money Maker?

It’s Money Making Monday!Every now and then you will see us post about a money maker. How exactly can you MAKE money when “buying” products at a store? Let me tell you how! The easiest places to purchase a MONEY MAKER product would be at a drugstore like CVS or Walgreens. You see, these drugstores offer rewards programs. CVS uses Extra Care Bucks (ECB’s) and Walgreens uses Register Rewards (RR’s). The ECB’s and RR’s are used like store money. Almost every week CVS will offer a product as FREE after ECB’s. This means you purchase the product at the sale price and then receive ECB’s good on your next purchase. To turn those FREE items into MONEY MAKERS you just need to add in a coupon!

Let’s clarify with an example. The Bayer Crystals are on sale for $2.00 at CVS this week and you get $2.00 in ECB’s. Free right? But, the display had a $1.00 manufactures tearpad coupon on it. So, the Bayer rang up at $2.00, -$1.00 coupon. Paid $1.00 and got back $2.00 in ECB’s. There you have it, $1.00 MONEY MAKER and a FREE product!

Sometimes the best MONEY MAKERS are on products you and your family don’t actually use. In this case, I would purchase the item to make the money and then donate the item.

You can also make money off of rebates. We talked about that last week. If you missed that post go HERE . I plan to turn the Soft Soap Ensembles I purchased at CVS into a MONEY MAKER as I have a MIR for $4.00. Look in stores for the MIR form.

Some stores allow for overage. What that means is that the product is priced for less than what the coupon amount is for. A good example here is my Target trip last week. If you missed it go HERE . I had $1 off coupons for the Market fruit snacks. The small bag of fruit snacks rang up at .88¢. Therefore I had .12¢ in OVERAGE! Not a big MONEY MAKER but, I’ll take it!

Frugal Ways to Save Money When Buying New Home Appliances

Frugal Ways to Save Money on Home Appliances

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Frugal ways to save money when buying new home appliances

Frugal Ways to Save Money on Home Appliances

Spring is a time of new beginnings.  For many, it’s also the time when a large income tax refund comes in.  Some may use those extra funds to pay off debt, to plan for a much needed and deserved vacation, or to put toward savings.  This year we plan to use those funds to replace our dishwasher, refrigerator and stove.  After over ten years, these appliances have outlived their usefulness.  The dishwasher leaks and our last attempt to repair it proved worthless.  The refrigerator is not defrosting and is loud. As for the stove, it’s an older electric burner version which I have dreamed of replacing with a ceramic flat top since we moved in a number of years ago.  It looks like it’s time to check out the home appliances sales.Continue reading

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