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post #41 of 68
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Originally Posted by kathirynne View Post
You can use Joann's coupons at Michael's???
Yes you can. Although, at our local Michaels, they will only let you one coupon for the entire purchase if you use a Joann's coupon. In other words, they won't even take their own coupon if you use a Joann's coupon the same visit.

That said, I never, never never buy anything for less than 40% of at either of those stores. And I'm a HUGE yarn addict.

Also I second the getting remnants cheaply poster. My other favourite thing at Joann's is that if you find a bolt of fabric that is about to run out, you can get the last bit of it beyond what you were originally buying for half off, as it is then considered a remnant.
post #42 of 68
Clearance!

If I'm going to take the time to go to a store, get the baby out of the car seat, etc, it only takes a few minutes to check the clearance aisle or rack. Frequently I'll find either something I needed anyway, but for way less than usual, or something I had wanted but couldn't justify. I watched clearance aisles for months before finding a white queen sized bedskirt!

I also love seasonal clearance. We don't have much Christmas decor, so after Christmas I spent $20 or so on the 50% off (then later 75% off) sales, getting more Christmas lights, etc. That will really pay off next year!

I also like consignment store clearance... frequently it is so cheap by that point that I can look at it creatively and think about other uses for the fabric, and maybe experiment with turning it into something more useful for me.
post #43 of 68

frugal stuffs

I use olive oil to remove makeup, clean my face, moisturize my nails and feet, treat my hair once in a while, and clean off any sticky stuff that finds its way onto surfaces in the house.

I buy rice and other grains in bulk rather than small packets of flavored "side dishes." It really isn't that much more work to cook plain rice with some broth and spices. To make it more interesting, you can brown some thin egg noodles and the rice in oil before adding broth and seasonings to cook it in, and it costs about 25 cents instead of a few bucks.

I almost never buy commercial cleaning supplies (only dish and laundry detergents). Vinegar with a few drops of EO (tea tree plus a nice scent like lemon or orange) does a great job in the kitchen, as does baking soda scented the same way in the bathroom. A damp rag does fine for a lot of surfaces, and a drop of lavender EO on it leaves a nice scent behind after dusting. I also use lavender scented vinegar in the laundry. It's cheaper than natural fabric softener, and much better than the stuff with 20-something carcinogens.

I also use the Suave body washes ;-)
post #44 of 68
I must admit,I "cheat" and use shampoo as shower gel and double shower gel occasionally,as shampoo, so I don't have to buy two products. I alays buy the Boots Chemist, essential or basics range and get free vouchers for Boots from doing online surveys - so that's a frugal find.
I find the Tesco Night creama nd and eye gel to be very good in their 'e' range and they're less that €2 each!
I only clothes shop (apart from thrist store buying) for new, in sales - with the exception for Bras whch I buy from M&S becuasre the quality is excellent. Best bargain - a pair of black and white crossover strappy wedges for 50c!!!. - While buying winter slippers for my Mom!
post #45 of 68
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Originally Posted by Think of Winter View Post
I live in NJ, where we can't get liquor in TJs.
Our Trader Joe's in Westfield NJ sells liquor! Just in case you're ever in the area. And it's a pretty big section of the store.
post #46 of 68
Crate & Barrel seasonal clearance sales.
This year after Christmas I got a $50.00 vase for $7.00! Plus they're totally giftable items because they not "Christmas-theme" items.
post #47 of 68
I use skype's unlimited long distance to North American landlines and cell phones for $3 a month. It's a subscription - I think you need to buy a minimum of 5 months at one time to get the $3 a month price ($15). So it can replace a landline. You get voicemail for free with that, but could also buy a skype-in number which is a number that people can call and it rings your computer (don't have that so don't know how much that is - they do give you a discount for it though with the subscription).

I use this for work because I do a lot of long distance calling. You obviously need a high speed internet connection. I also have a cell phone with unlimited incoming calling.

They have been coming out with wireless headsets as well, so you can use skype and walk around the house. My next purchase .

Amy
post #48 of 68
Once a month or so I will make the rounds to the discount stores( grocery outlet, save a lot, dollar store, ect) and find the random Organic what-evers and cheep wine.. it's fun to experiment with the wine and cheese,and you aren't out much money if you don't like it. Grocery Outlet is awesome for organic toiletries, often 50-75% cheeper than regular store prices. The cheese is always a good price also.
post #49 of 68
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Originally Posted by holidaymama View Post
Hmmm...


Victoria's Secret Underwear...hear me out...I get coupons once a month for a free pair, and about 3 times a year get a $10 off of anything coupon. Not that I go through a ton of underwear, but for free, I don't have to buy a lot, and then with the $10 off, it's $15 for 5 pair instead of $25...I don't think you could buy $3 underwear at Target! So it's a frugal find for me!

I'll try to think of others!
Ditto on Victoria's Secret Underwear! I always buy it on sale for $4 a pair or less, and it lasts at least 4 times as long as the Hanes I used to wear!
Natalie
post #50 of 68
Love these ideas!

OK my new uber-frugal discovery is Kmart super double coupons. I have done a couple of the events now, and I basically use coupons for whatever is free. They will double up to and including $2 coupons. I keep a big give-away basket of extras for friends, and I donate whatever else I or others won't use to a local women's shelter. Recently I got free catfood, vaseline lotions, packing tape, clearance pine scented candles, swiffer stuff, crest toothpaste, toothbrushes, st ives apricot scrub, tons of makeup, juicy juice....I pay tax.
Couponing is pretty amazing!


I also am getting free/cheap stuff through couponing most weeks at Publix- they have great coupon friendly policies. My fave recent "frees" are Muir Glenn organic pasta sauce (I have a pretty gigantic stock of this now), halls vit c cough drops, 26 cent arm and hammer cleaners (their new green cleaners), and 18 cent Ben and Jerry's!
Oh yeah and Publix always has the mystery penny item on Sundays and Mondays... I try new stuff that way.
post #51 of 68
Here's a tip from my DH: At deli counters you can ask for cheese or meat ends at a very discounted price. These are the leftover part of the cheeses and meats that are sliced, yet are too small to be sliced further. Many times they'll sell a whole bunch of them if you ask.
post #52 of 68
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Originally Posted by dancebaraka View Post
Love these ideas!

OK my new uber-frugal discovery is Kmart super double coupons. I have done a couple of the events now, and I basically use coupons for whatever is free. They will double up to and including $2 coupons. I keep a big give-away basket of extras for friends, and I donate whatever else I or others won't use to a local women's shelter. Recently I got free catfood, vaseline lotions, packing tape, clearance pine scented candles, swiffer stuff, crest toothpaste, toothbrushes, st ives apricot scrub, tons of makeup, juicy juice....I pay tax.
Couponing is pretty amazing!


I also am getting free/cheap stuff through couponing most weeks at Publix- they have great coupon friendly policies. My fave recent "frees" are Muir Glenn organic pasta sauce (I have a pretty gigantic stock of this now), halls vit c cough drops, 26 cent arm and hammer cleaners (their new green cleaners), and 18 cent Ben and Jerry's!
Oh yeah and Publix always has the mystery penny item on Sundays and Mondays... I try new stuff that way.
I miss Publix! (transplanted here from Tallahassee)
post #53 of 68
Also, Walgreens frequently has useful stuff like toothbrushes and body wash for free after rebate, so as long as you remember to send the rebate in on time, you're good to go. They also give you an extra 10% if you get the rebate as a Walgreens gift card, so then you can use that for the next month's free after rebates, and it's like you're making money!
post #54 of 68
Everyday Minerals makeup. Super cheap, and my skin has never been better.

Store brand knock off Lubriderm with SPF.

Organix Shampoo (no SLS!)

I don't even know the brand, but the $4 per tube tooth whitener. Works like a charm, and one tube lasts 6mos-1yr.

Bulk spices from our co-op.

Now if only I could find bras that fit that are less than $50 each...
post #55 of 68
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Bulk spices from our co-op.
And bulk grains - brown & basmati rice, couscous, oats. I actually go to the local Whole Foods to save money on bulk oats.

My indulgent frugal find for winter is a $10 milk frother at TJ Maxx. I make coffee and warm up some milk in the mircowave, then froth it. Cafe au Lait is so much more luxurious than plain coffee to me.
post #56 of 68
I agree that bargin shopping the stores like Big Lots renders the best buys, but can be a bit time consuming (and you do have to check the dates). I try to do this once a month or so. And, I found that by calling the Kroger district office about getting the same card for DH and I we are now on their coupon mailing list. They send out great store coupons for stuff we actually buy because they hook it to our plus card. And, we earn $$ off our gas purchases too. At first I thought these cards were annoying, but since everyone has them, I might as well make them work for us.
post #57 of 68
Not exactly an everyday purchase, but I found Growing Greens diapers sells their seconds on ebay for a fraction of the cost. I bought a half dozen hemp/cotton fitteds for only $55 or so. For the most part I can't tell their seconds -- maybe a few oddly placed snaps.
post #58 of 68
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Now if only I could find bras that fit that are less than $50 each...
Hanes! They frequently have free shipping and they last forever! Plus if you sign up for email alerts you get coupons!
post #59 of 68
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I don't even know the brand, but the $4 per tube tooth whitener. Works like a charm, and one tube lasts 6mos-1yr.
Ooh, that reminds me...I asked my hygenist about whitening, and she told me to try a whitening mouthwash. It works, too! About $5 a bottle, and works at least as well as the strips, and so much easier to use. I'm 38, and drink coffee and red wine regularly, and my teeth are pretty darn white. (OK, someone is going to say to just use hydrogen peroxide, but this stuff tastes ok, it's ready to use, and it's still pretty cheap.)
post #60 of 68
Grocery Outlet always has some organic foods for great prices.
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