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Saving Money on CalendarsThis page is about saving money on calendars. There are some ways to save on a new year's calendar.

 

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Fabulous Winter SalesWhen the winter doldrums keep many inside, there is an encouraging reason to face winter head on-winter sales. Now is the perfect time to search for key items that are marked down for quick clearance.

 

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What You Can Buy for 21 DollarsWhat You Can Buy for 21 Dollars. Living on next to nothing is what I do on a daily basis, so when I get 21 dollars from a paycheck, you can believe I am frugal with it. This is my tip for you on what to do with 21 dollars.

 

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What Goes On Sale When?Years ago, my mom had an article she cut out from somewhere showing what items go on sale during certain months. This is in the U.S. For example, in January, bedding usually goes on sale. In February, kitchen items go on sale. In March, garden items go on sale. Anyone know about this?

 

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Take Advantage of Post Holiday DiscountsBesides shopping for cards, ribbons and wrap after Christmas at steep discount, think about other things you might want to seek out for next year. Now is the time to look around (when your house is still in full Christmas mode). How is that artificial tree looking? A little bedraggled? Table linens? Ornaments? All of that stuff will be at a 50 to 90 percent discount, usually starting on 12/26.

 

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Buying Evening Wear at a Thrift StoreWhen you need some clothes to dress up, you can save lots of money and look great too, when you shop at a second hand store. This is a page about buying evening wear at a thrift store.

 

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Shopping with Less MoneyIt can be a challenge to buy everything you need without having a lot of money. This is a page about shopping with less money.

 

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Buying Food for Two Years With $5 a WeekSetting aside a small amount of food for long term storage every week can add up to a lot extra food over the course of a year. This is a page about buying food for two years with $5 a week.

 

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7 Tips for Making Thrift Shopping a BreezeThrift store shopping can be a fun and very successful way to shop for clothing and many other items. This is a page about 7 tips for making thrift shopping a breeze.

 

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Feeding Your Family For LessThis is a page about feeding your family for less. The food costs for feeding a family can be a strain on many budgets.

 

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Reducing the Cost of Feeding a FamilyThis is a page about reducing the cost of feeding a family. Staying away from convenient packaged foods and choosing basic bulk foods can help you save money on family groceries.

 

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Extra Savings At Goodwill And Craft...There seem to be quite a few crafty ladies on this site. Many of you also enjoy thrift shopping. I wanted to share a couple tips that I use to save even more at Goodwill and craft stores.

 

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Southern California Thrift Stores?This page is about southern California thrift stores. Second hand stores near nice neighborhoods can often provide a wealth of great deals.

 

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Black Friday AlternativesThis is a page about Black Friday alternatives. Black Friday is a shopping event known for its long lines to get in the store, special prices, and the occasional crowd produced injuries. Consider skipping this marketing contrived shopping tradition. There are many fun things you do instead.

 

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Black Friday Shopping TipsThis is a page about Black Friday shopping tips. The day after Thanksgiving is a major retail shopping event, known as Black Friday.

 

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Saving Money On DishesThis is a page about saving money on dishes. You don't have to spend a lot of money on new dinnerware.

 

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My Frugal Life: Coupons and SwapsI use a few sources to cut the cost on my lifestyle. I am a single mom, to a 7 year old daughter, that works retail part time. My money doesn't go far, so I need it to stretch as far as possible. Coupons, and swaps have proven beneficial to me.

 

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Saving Money at WalmartThis is a page about saving money at Walmart. Walmart may have low prices on some items but not everything they carry is a great value. Shop smart and watch for good deals at Walmart.

 

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Shopping Time LimitIs it hard for you to stick to a time limit when shopping? If so, buy a small oven timer and set it to the desired time you wish to spend shopping. Stick it in your pocket or purse, and when the timer goes off, it's time to go home.

 

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Buy Resale Items To Keep Money LocalBy buying items at garage sales and resales, I stay "green" and avoid paying out money to foreign countries for items manufactured there. I know when I do this, my money stays in the U.S.

 

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Saving Money on JewelryThis is a page for saving money on jewelry. Whether you are talking about gold and precious gems or simply costume jewelry, it can be expensive. Share your tips on finding the best deals to fill your jewelry box.

 

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Stash "Get One Free" Grocery Items for a Rainy DayWe are all stretching our dollars as far as they can go, and I think most of us try to do our grocery shopping weekly. If you can buy one thing that you need, and get it "buy one, get one free", put the free one in the back of the closet and pretend you did not get it.

 

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Purchase Birdhouses At Thrift StoresIn the wood/basket section, I often find birdhouses for 99 cents! Many of them were made for decorative purposes, but can easily be converted for use by birds.

 

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Robin's Weekly Grocery DealsThere are lots of deals in our area this week from both our grocery stores as well as Wal-Mart. Here are a few of the deals this week at Wal-Mart:

 

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Mark Your Purchases When Shopping With A GroupWhen you go shopping with other people, take return labels along. Stick one on your packages and at a glance you all know which package belongs to who. Saves time when you get home and are tired.

 

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Save Change For The Grocery StoreI save my change, I am talking pennies mostly here, some quarters, etc. Where I shop, they have a coinstar thing. You pour the change into it and it gives you a receipt, which is basically the same as a coupon you give to the cashier at the time of purchase.

 

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Bring Tea for the MallWhen going to the mall, I pack tea bags in my daughter's diaper bag. That way when passing through the food court, I ask at a fast-food restaurant if I could have a coffee cup with hot water in it.

 

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Determining the Best Price on Toilet Paper?How do you determine the most economical price for toilet paper? Is it by the square feet on a roll, number of sheets on a roll, single or double ply, etc? I am wanting a formula I can use at the store, to determine if I'm getting a "bargain".

 

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Shop Early Morning for Mark DownsOne good way to save money at the grocery store without clipping coupons is to shop early in the morning. By getting to the store at 8 a.m. or so, you are able to take advantage of the mark downs. They do go fast.

 

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Unemployed People Receive 20% K-Mart SavingsAccording to K-mart's website if a person is unemployed they can get an additional 20% savings on their own brand merchandise. There are a few requirements: ID and proof of unemployment.

 

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Pull Your Coupons Off Products Before CheckoutDon't expect the cashiers at the check out to pull coupons off of products for you! Some do but some do not! I have been disappointed several times about this.

 

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Watch Store Receipts For ContestsLately I've been looking at my store receipts. Almost every time, I notice a website to go to to complete a satisfaction survey. You seem to either get coupons or a chance to win gift cards from the store.

 

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Shop End of Season SalesRemember end of season savings! I stock up on end of season plastic tableware or pool toys to give out as gifts throughout the year. For example: I just found beautiful $10.00 pitchers for $1.50.

 

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Buy Groceries At Dollar StoresWith tough times we are all looking for ways to save money. My local everything cost one dollar store has many food items. I find you can buy flat flour burrito shells, and shredded cheese and pepperoni, all for $1.

 

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Summer Deals at WalmartI got a fantastic deal at Wal-Mart yesterday and wanted to share. They had tee shirts and shorts on sale, and since I needed all new for this summer I got some. The shorts I got were $6 each.

 

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Check Craigslist First Before You BuyA great place to get furniture, appliances, baby needs, and more! When I am interested in buying a new item($$$), I write it on a post-it note by my computer. I check during my daily internet surf for any items I am looking for.

 

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Go Through Coupons Before Entering the StoreI always go through my coupons before I enter the grocery. I pick up those items first and then I can spend the rest of my time looking for the best price on the items I don't have coupons for.

 

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Ask for the DiscountWhen I was recently shopping at a well known kitchen ware shop, I found the grater I wanted with a slightly bent handle. At the checkout, I asked for the item to be discounted because of the handle, and it was the only one. 10% was taken off the whole price.

 

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Browse eBay for Unwanted Gift CertificatesAfter Christmas is a great time to browse ebay for gift certificates. You can get them for considerably less most of the time. People get these gift cards and don't want them, and would rather have the cash.

 

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Shop Alone to Save MoneyFor the month of November I did my grocery shopping without my husband, wow I did save money! I did not take into consideration the number of extra items he added to the cart! I am sure it would be helpful to leave home any extra people when grocery shopping, kids, husbands, grandchildren, etc.

 

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Link: RetailMeNot.com For DiscountsWhen shopping online, always check www.retailmenot.com before paying. You can usually find codes for free shipping, or a percentage off of the item. Just type in the company name you are shopping from in the Retail me not search bar and see what they have.

 

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Links: Promotion Codes From Reader's DigestFor all those who are searching for promotion codes, the October issue of "Reader's Digest" lists websites to get promotion codes.

 

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Look For Closeouts and Bargains NowCatch an end of season closeout sale at a lot of places NOW! Yesterday I lucked out big time (at Dollar General) and got several Panama Jack sun lotion type products (some over $5 each) marked 90 percent off!

 

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Give Angel Food As A GiftThere is a great web site called AngelFoodMinistries.com. There are no special requirements to take advantage of this site, and they have phenomenal food deals. For example, a single package costs $30 to purchase and the contents you receive have a value of between $75 - 80.

 

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Buying End of Season Clearance CandlesI love candles and what's better than finding them at end of season clearance at 70% off? I am then able to buy as many as I want!

 

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Watch For Seasonal Clearances For GiftsWith a family of 5 kids, there is always a birthday or a holiday around the corner. What we do is always pay attention to the seasons. Seasonally, the store put items such as toys and those kinds of items on sale. We always scope these items out. We have bought $20-30 toys for almost nothing. I am not just talking about toys that were hot last season.

 

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Save Grocery Money By Shopping From A Planned MenuI make a monthly menu and create a shopping list from it. I buy only from that list this way everything gets used and there is nothing thrown away (particularly produce because people tend to buy and think they will use) and no buying things that never get used.

 

Frugal Guidelines For Grocery ShoppingSticking to a grocery budget can get interesting, to say the least. A really good sale on non-perishable items can tempt you to overspend. I have learned to put my grocery money in an envelope. When I run out of money, I quit buying. If I need another loaf of bread, more than likely the ingredients are on hand. I have a few other guidelines, too.

 

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Make Sure You Are Getting Discounts At The Grocery StoreYou think you are saving money when you buy discounted food at the grocery store, right. You suppose to be, right. But if the cashier does not see the reduced price and the barcode is not blackmarked across, then you end up paying full price.

 

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Look For Coupons In Phone BooksCheck your phone books from local areas for business coupons. You might be very surprised to what all they have, that you could take advantage of.

 

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"Bonus Time" at Cosmetic CountersHere's my tip for getting more for your money when it comes to purchasing makeup during the bonus times at the cosmetic counter. For instance, I try to only buy my foundation from Clinique when they are having the bonus buy time.

 

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Go With The Flow At The Dollar StoreGo with the flow of goods. There seems to be an ebb and flow in items at the 99 Cent store. They will have a delivery of, say, lingerie, and there will be lots until it is sold out.

 

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Use Beach Towels in the BathroomUse beach towels for your bath towels. Beach towels can be purchased cheaper than bath towels at the end of the summer season.

 

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Look For Stationery At Thrift StoresDid you know that, among other things, that you can find elegant stationery and greeting cards at thrift shops? Now that cards have gotten so expensive, I stock up whenever I see them, so that I have some on hand for every occasion!

 

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Check SearchAllDeals.com Before You BuyBefore purchasing any product or service (online or offline), go to SearchAllDeals.com and see if there is a deal or coupon applicable to the purchase.

 

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Check Rental Places For Deals on Big PurchasesIf you are looking to buy appliances, living room furniture, or even a big screen TV, you can go to your nearest rent-a-center. They will sometimes sell items for half the "new" price, because the item has been "used".

 

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Shop Around Before Buying NewShop freecycle.org, craigslist.com, thrift shops, newspaper ads and ask around before buying new. If you must buy new on line is often tax and shipping free.

 

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Eating on a Limited IncomeI just recently started working again after a 5 year break of not being able to get a job. During that time I was on $70 of food benefits from the state as required by my disability through Social Security a federal agency.

 

7 Tips for Making Thrift Shopping a Breeze

7 Tips for Making Thrift Shopping a BreezeThrift shopping is one of my favorite ways to save money. As the old saying goes, one person's trash is another person's treasure. The following are some tips to not only make thrift shopping easier and more pleasant, but also help get the most for the least amount of money.

 

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Restocking My PantryNo, I didn't run out of groceries and have to restock. What I mean is that when I come home from shopping, I have decided to restock my shelves in somewhat the same manner that the stores do.

 

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Stretching the Value of a DollarGrowing up, I was taught to use money wisely in scenarios where I could save. Now being engaged to my fiancé - we are slowly getting in the rhythm of joining our bills, budgeting and making compromises.

 

Feeding Your Family For Less

Feeding Your Family For LessLiving in Tahiti can be a bit costly when it comes to buying food, household cleaners, paper goods, shampoo and toothpaste. However, I have found a way to save money each year by buying in bulk quantity. Now and then the stores on the island will run a monthly special.

 

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Shopping on a Low-Income BudgetIt gets harder each month, when the prices of food keep climbing up, and your money coming in does not! Well, that is why I have to shop frugally. I make 3 lists.

 

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Avoid The AdvertisementsI noticed that when I read the Sunday paper or catalogs, that suddenly I would "need" something because it was on sale. I didn't realize how much those sales pitches were influencing the money I spent, until I ended up with two of the same bedding set that I didn't need.

 

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Finding Free or Inexpensive Furniture?Can someone tell me how find bed and other furniture for a needed family?

 

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