Time to shift gears, move forward, take life out of park...a blog for Empty Nesters, Stay @ Home Moms, Dads, Folks...living, breathing, trying to save money, enjoying life...time to change the focus keep the slippers...welcome one and all.
I shop at a near by Publix on Wednesday. Why? Because I get the senior, aka old lady discount. Today was interesting.
As I was standing in the check out line, I noticed the Mentos had a tag BOGO free. I also had a $.40 off coupon. The cashier scanned it and it showed full price. I was watching the register so caught it.
She stopped what she was doing, stepped out into her aisle to look at the offer.
It was from last week.
Bummer, I thought.
She then proceeded to scan the item, delete the cost, delete the coupon and the double coupon, rescanned it as a free item PLUS the coupon at a double price!
So I left the store with the Mentos for free and an additional $.80 off my grocery total! Someone forgot to pull the tags on the checkout lanes from the sales price last week. Still Publix honored it!
My total for shopping today with store deals, coupons, the freebie, the old lady discount was $16.75. The total saved, aka not spent was $17.06.
Ding, ding, win, win!
When I made it to the house, I called about a medical lab bill that I am not responsible for paying. It is for over $200.00!!! I was told to disregard that there is a problem with the coding.
So, the moral of this story/post is watch it and never pay for what you do not owe even if it's just on a bottle of Mentos.
Years ago, I went dumpster diving. Not into a trashy trash dumpster but into one behind a near by carpet company. The company had thrown away several huge books of sample carpets. Remember those? Maybe they still exist and you can ask for them for free.
I was able to get enough that covered the floor of my young son's bedroom floor. It looked like a huge patchwork quilt. Didn't attach it to the floor, nope, attached it to an indoor outdoor carpet that was available, cut to the size of the room.
So, if you are young enough, brave enough and desperate enough, go dumpster diving. Check with the owner of the dumpster first just to be on the safe side legally. Or go after hours, grin.
You will get free stuff but it is still a dumpster.
Maybe pick out one of those recycling deals where everything in it is suppose to be paper. It would be awful to come out smelling like garbage.
Or do like I did years ago, pick out a retail store that doesn't have goopy garbage in their dumpster and dive away! Okay, I'm done.
Here is a list of the few things I do to make extra money for myself and my family:
Mystery shopping - started in 2001; prove yourself, be honest and you can get assignments in your Inbox. You must be willing to do the report, which varies in length. The drawback is if you do not do the required steps for the shop, you will not get paid.
Selling metal - there is a metal recycling plant in our little town that accepts everything from old cars to empty drink cans. The drawback is having enough metal so I go when I have a load to sell.
Couponing - if you read this blog, you've seen how this works. I am NOT an extreme coupon er but I do have a weekly goal of saving 50% on groceries, etc. The drawback is having a coupon for weekly items and taking the time to work them, clipping, organizing, etc.
Thrift stores - we needed two ugly sweaters for a Christmas party, I found two for $1 each. The drawback is most of it is used, rarely do you find something with the tags still on the item.
TV - yeah, watch TV. I learn so much from shows like What Not to Wear, wish I could have been on that show before it quit.
Internet - youtube dot com has all kinds of money saving, craft making, learn to diy videos that can really help save cash so you keep cash.
Banking - for years we banked at the big green bike bank until it got too big for it's britches. We went across the street to a local bank and opened two accounts. We are paid interest on our balance each month plus can get free gifts from points we accumulate. Win, win. I love the fact that the bank people know me, some call me by name.
Consignment shop - finally found an honest consignment shop owner. I have been ripped off by the other two. Not making a load of cash but making some. Why not sell stuff we are not using?!
Ebay - this takes time, requires stuff but is an easy way to downsize plus put money in the cash jar.
I do not cook on Tgiving any more. It's such a much nicer time to drive to the near by bigger town and eat out. No cooking for days to eat it in 20 mins and spend another 30 mins cleaning up. Been there done that for sure.
On the way to the near by bigger town to meet the younger cute son and girlfriend, I was driving. We passed an SUV type vehicle. On the back was a bumper sticker.
Now, by this time, you know I do not use profanity. I think people that do are either uneducated or lack manners.
But, this was funny! It read:
Yes, I miss George Bush.
H**l, I even miss Bill Clinton.
I laughed and laughed and laughed. Funny isn't it?!
Last week, we had a family medical emergency. We, The Hubbie and I, threw clothes into the suitcases, sped out the door and headed north. Thankfully, although it was a true emergency, it was not life threatening. We thought it was and could have been but was not.
I had some cash money laying on the kitchen table. I picked up that cash money, dropped it into the top of my purse without thinking and headed out the door.
I did not need to use money while I was gone so I did not even miss it. But, when we arrived back home the next day, this is what I found laying on the front lawn.
Yep, all of my cash. It had rained so the money was wet, soggy, and too heavy to be blown away from the wind over night.
Boy, was I blessed. I would have driven myself crazy looking for this when I did need it. Never would have figure out what happened to it had it not been for God sending the rain to keep it in the front yard, it would have blown away. It's the remainder of my birthday money from last July.
Do we live in a safe neighborhood? Yes, I say we do.
All is safe. The cash has dried out. It's a bit crinkly but still very much spendable.
This has become one of my favorite sayings:
God takes care of me in spite of my stupidity.
The other favorite saying is:
You can't make it for that (meaning a piece of clothing, etc., cheaper to buy than to make).
I think the first saying applies quiet nicely, don't you? No amens people. I'm just thankful I didn't loose it for good.
Recently I read an Internet report about people in Japan. Apparently everyone there carries a fabric handkerchief. Old people, middle people, young people, teens, even kiddos. I never realized this. Maybe it started when there was the bad flu several years ago. Maybe not.
The point of the report was that Americans average using two boxes of tissues per month, which I doubted, me being the doubter I am. This totals up to over $90 per year to wipe your nose and other things.
Here is the tip for today. When you go to a place of eating, you are usually given extra napkins. I have kept those for years and years. I started when our oldest son was a baby. He is now 42. He says I'm old for doing it. Well, then, I've been old a very long time.
Hogwash. I detest waste. Although I am not a tree hugger, I can do my part to save the planet. Not really, I just want to save money.
So, instead of disposing of perfectly good napkins, I put them in my purse and use them as tissue. Yes, some are brown colored, some have Subway logos. Big deal.
I keep an overflowing stash in the driver door pocket of my little zoom-zoom. I'm never without.
Saving is saving.
Or you can buy several fabric tissues, have the initial cost of purchase, cost of cleaning, cost of replacing, thought of blowing your nose over and over into the same, never mind, I'm gagging.