I’ve learned a lot this week, including that switching jobs can be initially bad for your finances and your blog. But stay tuned because things are starting to calm down and there will be more updates soon.
Monthly Archives: February 2011
I am currently reading The Cheapskate Next Door by Jeff Yeager. It is the sequel to his first book The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches. He is a very smart and funny author and I have enjoyed reading both books.
Here are some of the many great frugal quotes I have found in his book so far-
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers
“I get to do what I love because I’m frugal. I feel that I was put on earth to teach…. We may not earn a large income, but we are very wealthy because we get to do what we want to in life.” -How to Survive (and perhaps thrive) on a Teacher’s Salary
“”I try to bite my tongue but I really want to yell, “Do you know how much money you’re wasting on that?”‘ – Jeff Yeager
“Live simply so that others may simply live.” – Gandhi
“The key to wealth isn’t what you earn, but rather what you spend.” – Kristan Lawson
“If you can’t afford to pay for it now, you can’t afford it.” – John Dochnahl
This week’s Publix deals on soup and canned veggies were so good that I went back and got 20 cans of Green Giant veggies and 20 cans of Progresso soup. That’s 40 canned goods for about $10 with a savings of $55. My pantry is now very stocked. Click HERE to see the coupon match ups and to print the coupons directly. Remember you only have until Wed night in Fl to do this deal.
When I was out running errands today, I was hungry and I decided to use the Free Fruit and Maple Oatmeal McDonalds coupon that came on the back of the coupon insert in this Sunday’s paper. It didn’t cost me a cent and although I have a hard time believing that anything that comes from McDonalds is actually healthy, I know it was a lot better than a burger and fries. I was surprised that it actually had a lot of fruit in it.
Borders is closing many stores because they have declared bankruptcy. Although I am sad to see one of my favorite stores close, if you have a borders near you it might be a great time to stock up on some great deals to use for gifts for coming birthdays and holidays. Click HERE to read more.
Click HERE to like Redbox on Facebook and get a free rental good on Feb 24th.
20 B1G1 Green Giant Canned Vegetables, 11-15.25 oz. at $1.35 (.67 cents)
I used (5) $1/4 Green Giant Canned Vegetables (Publix Coupon) printable
and (1) -$5 off 20 participating General Mills or Hunts products (Publix Coupon) printable
.17 cents each
4 Reach Floss .99 cents each
I used (4) $1 off Reach Dental floss, Access Flosser, or toothbrush, RP 10/10
3 Maalox $4.49
I used (3) -$5 off Maalox product, SS 1/09
Free +.51 cents profit each (I’m not sure what these are but I was paid to buy them)
There is also a fantastic deal this week on Progresso Soups using the same coupon PDF as the vegetables-
B1G1 Progresso Soup, 18-19 oz., at $2.29 ($1.14)
-$1/4 Progresso products (Publix Coupon) printable
-$5 off 20 participating General Mills products (Publix Coupon) printable
-$1/4 Progresso soup, SS 1/02, SS 1/16, SS 2/13, printable or printable (Note- I only found them in the 1/16 although SouthernSavers lists the others as well)
-.50/2 Progresso Light soup, January or September Weight Watchers magazine
-.50/1 Progresso soup 18.5-19 oz., (Walgreens coupon), February Walgreens booklet
If you use the $5/20 and 5 each of the $1/4 store and manufacturers coupons the soups will be .39 cents each
Thanks to Candy for the Veggie and Soup deals and thanks to SouthernSavers.com for the coupon match ups
These deals will be good in Florida until Publix closes Wed night.
Winn-Dixie is having a three day sale until Feb. 20th on Colgate Toothpaste for .99 cents. Today I got 6 of them for .83 cents.
I Bought 6 Colgate Toothpastes for .99 cents each
Used (4) $1 off Colgate Sensitive toothpaste, SS 2/06 (exp 02/25)
and (2) .75 cents off Colgate toothpaste, 4 oz.+, SS 1/30 (exp 02/19)
Total- .83 cents and .39 cents of that was tax
You can also print -$1 off Colgate Sensitivity Toothpaste printable
It often amazes me how much product is left in many manufacturer bottles when they are “empty.” Today I “emptied” this bottle of dish soap into a hand pump dispenser. It looked empty and I bet many people would have tossed it straight into the trash, but I hate to waste and so I turned it upside-down. In a short amount of time, enough soap for more than a week had collected in the bottom.
When I moved into my current apartment, I moved my couponer’s stash of new household products before I was actually living in the apartment. A couple of days before we officially moved, I ran out of conditioner at my old apartment and didn’t think it was worth the drive to go get a new one at my new apartment (and of course it wouldn’t make sense to buy a new one when I had a stash already). So I simply cut open the bottle (that I couldn’t squeeze anything more out of) and *surprise* I had more than enough conditioner until we moved.
Now, I always cut open bottles and tubes before I toss them or add a small amount of water and shake them up. This is beneficial for my wallet and the environment and waste is not. I am shocked that sometimes I get more than a week’s worth of different products this way. Over a year or ten this could really add up. It could also save you from having to make an emergency trip to the store because you are “out” of something.
I’m not a conspiracy theorist but it seems a little too convenient that some companies who want you to buy more of product X are completely unaware that their products seem empty when there are still 4 of the promised 12 ounces left in the container. I made up those numbers but the results are visible. My mother has been doing this for years. I have to ask myself why I wasn’t?
As most of you know, although our family has been frugal for years, this is still a very new blog. I would like to thank all of our visitors and readers for their support. I would also like to apologize for the slowdown in updates lately. I just got a new job and it has been hard to find the time to update but things should pick up again soon. Keep coming back because we have big plans for this blog.