Friday, September 4, 2009

Day 8: freecycle

I get lots of things for FREE at You can also get rid of your JUNK (or stuff) by posting for people to come get your stuff. I post if I want something. I got a dehydrator for NOTHING. It will cost you time to go and pick up the item, but the item itself is FREE.

Happy Saving!


Monday, August 31, 2009

Day 7: Eat 1 less meal a week at a restaurant.

By eating at home instead of eating out, just 1 meal a week, has saved us almost 200.00/month. We are a family of 5 and to eat out costs us nearly 50.00 a meal at an inexpensive restaurant. It can be 75.00 for an extra nice place.

Try saving this money instead for a rainy day.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Day 6: Get a Magazine or paper subscription and save 30-50%

I like to read several magazines on a regular basis. I like the family handyman, and Reader's Digest. If I pay cover price at the store, I would pay 50% more than a subscription price for the same magazines.

Happy Savings!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day 5: Switch to store brands and save on groceries

One of the ways I save on groceries is to switch to a store brand for groceries. You can save 10-20% on the store brands for cereal, canned fruits, and canned vegetables.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Day3: Save on your electric bill

Here are 3 easy ways to save on your electric bill:
  1. As your light bulbs burn out, replace them with cf (compact florescent) bulbs. You can buy them in bulk from walmart or home depot or lowes. I have seen them as inexpensive as 5 for 10.00 or 2.00/bulb. I put the date on the light bulb of when I installed the light, so I can track how often bulbs need to be replaced. I had 4 recessed lights in my kitchen and 1 always burned out before the rest, I replace the fixture and saved money on light bulbs.

  2. Turn off the lights every time you leave a room. Mythbusters did a show on this and found that you will save electricity if you turn off the lights every time you leave the room.
  3. If it's not in use, turn it off. Turn off the tv, vcr, dvd, dvr, and any other electronics that you have on.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Pick your own fruits and save

Check out site: and find your local pick your own or upick farm. You can save 30-50% on if you pick your own fruits. Make sure and call ahead to see what's ready and the hours. It's a great way to stock up and if you make jams and jellies, it's a great way to enjoy the fruits of your labor all year long!


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Day 2: Save on Swimwear for the kids...

Shop for swimwear for the kids 1 year ahead. That means in late July, most retailers put their summer merchandise on clearance. That is when I buy the kids swimwear for the next summer.

- Jade