Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cheap Thrills - How Do You Save Money On Everyday Essentials?

In these economic times we must be prudent, and most people are cutting back on luxuries. Even if you don't have to, most people do not like to waste hard earned money like myself. Real Simple magazine asked this question: Once you've been there and done that, what do you do to also save big on the little things?

Here are a few things that I do.

1. My sister in law gave me this tip quite a few years ago. When your tube of moisturizer or other toiletries gets so low you can't get anything else out of it, cut off the tube with scissors and squeeze the product out of the bottom. There is at least a few extra days use of product.

2. Greeting cards are ridiculously priced. Add into the mix the cost of postage and you have to stop and ask yourself is it worth it? There are quite a few options that I use, like making my own with things I already have on hand. Or I go to The Dollar Tree and stock up for all occasions. At 2 cards for $1 it's a bargain. Then of course there are free e-cards which are smart no matter how you look at it.

3. Another saver at The Dollar Tree is gift bags. At either 2 for a $1 or a $1 a piece they make very good sense. They are just as nice as any bag I have bought at Hallmark and make just as lovely a presentation.

4. When David and I find a wine we really like we buy in quantity. There is always a decent case discount at wineries and wine shops. Safeway even has a 10% discount if you buy 6 bottles.

I'd love to hear what you are doing for the virtuous pleasure of pinching pennies.


Eileen and Stan said...

The Dollar Store is a great savings. When the grandchildren are here we take them there and tell them they can buy anything they want. Maybe even 2 or three things. Boy do they get excited. It's also interesting to see what they pick out. Not always something for themselves. I've been watching for meat sales and buying large cuts and then packaging it myself into the servings we need. FYI - did you know that here in PA you can't buy beer, wine or liquor in the grocery stores? Wine and liquor must be bought in the State Store and beer is bought at a distributors. I really miss the convenience of picking up wine as I grocery shop.

Jen said...

Great tips! I especially LOVE the one about the moisturizer! I had no idea! I have been clipping coupons and trying to buy the item only when it's on sale, as well. I have been wanting to try the Swiffer Sweeper Vac for so long! It dusts and picks up Cheerios (or so the commercial shows) and with a toddler, it sounds like a dream! But I've only found it at the grocery store in towm, for $35.99, and I've been holding onto a $5 coupon...(I even checked Ebay). I scored! It was on closeout for $23 and I had the coupon, so I got it for half price! Yippee! Doesn't feel so bad to splurge on a non-necessity when you can get a great deal!