I’ve been working on reducing the stockpile and buying things that are only $.50 or less (depending on the regular price of the item). For more expensive items I enjoy, I find a cheaper way to get them, or find better substitutions. I’ve found a way to cut a few costs this week.

1. Watched TV at DM’s house. That means electricity hasn’t been turned on until after 9 p.m.!

2. I print tons of coupons, so I’ve started an in-tray next to the fax machine at work to put those little fax report things in. Since the report only uses 2-3 lines, I simply flip them over and use them to print my coupons on. Frugal and eco-friendly!

3. I hunt the reduced meat bin regularly and found some cracked pepper thin sliced turkey breast for $.99. I also had a $.35 Q for that brand. It tastes as good as turkey pastrami – which I love!

4. Went to Target for a few freebies and walked out with: 8 Hershey’s Bliss candy bars, 7 Quaker bites snack packs, 5 lbs. apples, 1 bag of salad mix, and 2 bottles of Target brand body wash. Total cost before coupons $22.08 – total cost after coupons - $5.58 – and $.71 of that was tax! I can’t resist cheap body wash. I really can’t.

5. I’ve been doing my beading (making Mother’s Day gifts) at work on my lunch break, that way I don’t need to use electricity at home. I need really good lighting to work in.

6. Started the dishwasher after 11 p.m., to maximize on the off-peak hours. (I’m getting addicted to that!!)

7. Carpool with DM on errands or I bundle them with my drive to/from work. DM & I even do some hounding for each other - depending on who's near which stores. Saves time and money.
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5 Responses
  1. Tiffany Says:

    Sounds like you've been doing great. I can't wait to see pictures of your mother's day gifts.

  2. Amanda Says:

    #2 is a definate Do in my house. And I'll be doing #6 now that you've told me how important it is.

  3. Tiffany - I'll bring in my camera and take the pics tomorrow! I love the way they gifts are turning out.
    Amanda - I've been printing off Target coupons like a mad woman! At least I'm not paying for the paper.

  4. SonyaAnn Says:

    You are doing so much better than I am. Would you like to borrow 2 teenagers for the summer? I bet our costs would go way down. They are expensive and argumentative, it's a winning combo!

  5. Sonya - LOL! I'm guessing they're still in the stage that thinks $$ grows on trees....
    Ahh, to be young and foolish again.

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