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Thrifty Frugal Tip(s) for the week

May 4, 2010

This post is linked to Jamie’s I am a Money Magnet’s Thrifty Tip Tuesday post.

Do you make a grocery list to shop by? Think about starting – it’s fairly simple process that will save you a ton of money!

Through the week, Bear and I write down what we need on our grocery list conveniently hung on our refrigerator. On Saturday evening I take this list down and review the list with the upcoming sales to see what coupons I need to pull. This helps us keep to our budgeted allotment and when there is a stockpile opportunity we will have extra $$ to take advantage.

Do you shop at thrift stores, estate sales and garage sales? Think about starting – it’s fun and will save you a ton of money! Remember my post about my tea kettle? I have wanted a tea Kettle for quite sometime but did not want to hand over the money for a new one. I began looking at thrift stores, estate sales and garage sales and after 6 months I found one for $2.00 saving me about $30-$40.00 just for being patient and looking. We also were able to pick up three “blankies” for Maestro for $1.00 – these are easily washed and we can now rotate them so he always has a fresh “blankie” to sleep on.

We also pick up knives for the barn – we are forever cutting baling twine and need a good knife but I don’t want to pay more than $.25 for a knife to keep at the barn so we pick them up at garage sales.

Towels and linens are another favorite item you can find at garage sales and estate sales. I picked up 5 towel sets for $5.00 – $1.00 a set! They were almost brand new, nice big fluffy towels, hand towel, and wash rags for $1.00 a set – you can’t even look at a wash rag for that let alone a set! Just take them home and put them through a good hot wash and dry and voila’ you have new towels!

We also pick up pans that we can repurpose into dog food bowls at home. I am on the hunt for good stainless steel bowls that I can convert into dog food bowls and water bowls. These are easy to clean and they take the abuse that Duke can throw at them. He is Mister Destruction when it comes to plastic or toys.

Scissors, oh my goodness, never pay full price for a set of scissors again! I just found a pair of craftsman pinking shears that were loose like something needed tightening for $1.00 – they were craftsman so I could exchange them at Sears. Bear fixed them and they are as good as new – have you priced Pinking shears – especially a good pair? I have all sorts of scissors in all of our drawers, first aid kits, car, truck, trailer and at the barn.

Pots and pans for cooking – I found three very nice Pampered Chef baking stones, two were still in the box never used and one had been used maybe once or twice for $6.00 ($2.00 each). I love these stones – two are round and one is square and they make a mean casserole or biscuits!

Think outside of the box or stockpile when you go to these types of sales. One year we hit several estate sales, I was looking for crystal platters or Cake servers as Christmas gifts. Some of these had really pretty designs and were old. I found ten of these platters for less than $20.00 and combined them with some sausage, crackers, and cheese wrapped in some nice cellophane with a nice bow and they have a gift to treasure – everytime they use the platter they will think of you! I kept two of these for myself and when we took them down for Christmas all of James’ sisters and his Mom loved the platters. I’m thinking this year maybe the year for fancy tea cups and saucers with some fancy tea? What do you think?

Well, those are some frugal tips for this week…..what do you do frugal to help your family stay in budget but have fun?


4 Responses to Thrifty Frugal Tip(s) for the week

  1. corrin on May 5, 2010 at 1:10 am

    I've was unemployed from January through April, and I really learned to make a list, prepare my coupons, and stick to it. Now I don't leave the grocery store feeling guilty!

  2. Nancy on May 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Corrin, I watch so many people at the grocery store waste their money – makes me want to take them by the hand and tell them – there is an easier and better way. I think it is great that you have learned to make the list and use coupons and then not feel guilty walking out of the store with way more than you actually paid – makes you kind of feel like you are robbing the store doesn't it? Great post and thanks for visitin' us here at the ranch! Stop by again soon!

  3. SonyaAnn on May 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I'm really on a mission to cut back. I have been reading a ton of books on cutting back. A lot of it I already know but if I find just one new tip then it is worth it.
    Have a great day!

  4. Jamie @ I Am A Money Magnet on May 6, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I totally agree with making lists! If I don't I end up picking up some "extras."

    Great deal on those Pampered Chef stones! Would love to have some of those!

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