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Budget stretchers!

 
 
Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 05:10 pm
This month, as sort of a challenge to myself, I've been redeeming coupons.

So far I've redeemed a "save $20 on your $100 purchase" at Safeway that I saw in the paper.

Another grocery store sent me $15.50 worth of bonus bucks from using their courtesy card thingamajig.

Petco sent me a coupon for a free bag of dog food after having bought 10 bags after I had signed up for one of their cards.

That's $60.50 I saved for really doing nothing since I would have bought food anyway.

So now I'm thinking that there really might be something to this paying attention thing.

But truely, I need mentoring.

Mentor me with your budget stretching maneuvers!
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 08:04 pm
You're on your way with never buying anything at a discount you wouldn't buy anyway.

Stores that offer the loyalty cards are usually fairly pricey without, and sometimes with the card discount. Watch 'em! I actually shop three supermarkets. Walmart is 30% or more lower on several items on my recurring list. Fortunately, not on perishables as I don't like the store and I don't like the parking.

It probably doesn't help to know that you can save up to 40% on cigarettes if you order from the Seneca reservation in New York state. I will soon be checking out the online case lot price on Dreamfield spaghetti. I use enough, it might be worth looking into.

Clothing often comes from tjmax, but you want to be very choosey. Still, they have the best selection of men's belts in town, at deep, deep discounts.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 08:17 pm
Hi roger!

I was beginning to think there were no bargain hunters on A2K.

There is no Walmart anywhere around here but I do shop at several different grocery stores. Mostly it has been based on convenience or selection as they are all about the same price.

I had never shopped at Safeway until I saw the $20 off thing and thought what the hell? It's a nice store and priced about the same as the others.

The one that gave me the bonus bucks things is one of those that carry everything from camping supplies to clothing to food so I usually go there.

I like that Dreamfield spaghetti too! I'm not a carb counter but what have you got to lose with that stuff - it tastes good and it has less carbs.

I usually spend about $400 a month on groceries. I think I will put myself to the test next month and see how much I can save.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 08:38 pm
As to clothes, I am just so not into clothes.

I wait until Converse go on sale at GI Joes and I'll go buy 10 pair.

Same with jeans.

Once in a while I will go on a T-shirt bender.

Last year I had to buy swimsuits and I'll have to do that again this year. I think of swimming as excercise not fashion.

Last year I was going on vacation so I went to the department store and found out how expensive swimsuits are and nearly fainted. I went to Ross and found almost the exact same swimsuits for about $70 less.

I hate to spend money on clothes because I just don't like clothes. I am strictly a function over form kind of girl when it comes to wardorbe. I'll bet I don't spend $400 a year on clothing.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 10:53 pm
Yeah, Ross is another. Tjmaxx seems to have a somewhat better selection.

Believe it or not, I use an accounting program to track expenses. Mostly, I'm keeping up with credit card charges and net income, but do a "current month to this month a year ago" comparison from time
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 11:03 pm
<blink>
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Algis Kemezys
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 11:07 pm
go to the dollar store and dine from it's shelves for a week !!
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 11:10 pm
Whafor you <blink>, puppydog?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 11:18 pm
I blink at how we all are fascinated by different things, or keep different levels of order. Sometimes the same person herself keeps different levels of order regarding different things...

On budget stretching, I like thrift shops, but I like them for more reasons than budget - I get a kick out of the variety in good thrift shops. That's more possible to find in big cities though.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 11:19 pm
Hmmm, I wonder if Roger could figure out that puzzle, Algis..
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Algis Kemezys
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 11:22 pm
good question O.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 11:26 pm
The puzzle? roger didn't even figure out the instructions.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 11:38 pm
There were instructions?
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 11:44 pm
Sure, if you've got some spare time.
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Algis Kemezys
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 11:45 pm
Well i guess we are reptiles...could a young kid do it I suppose so.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 11:47 pm
Sure. As Sugar used to say in her signature line "A child of 5 could understand this. Fetch me a child of 5."-
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Algis Kemezys
 
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Reply Fri 20 May, 2005 11:48 pm
thats not easy roger.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sat 21 May, 2005 08:37 am
Is it my priorities that are making you blinky, osso?

The dollar stores sell food? I had no idea. I must seek one out!

Mr. B keeps all of our stuff on computer so we know what goes where. We live under our means so budgeting is not a big issue around here. We do have business loans and a home loan but since we have a business and a home that only makes sense.

What puzzle are you guys talking about?
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Algis Kemezys
 
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Reply Sat 21 May, 2005 08:53 am
yeah some dollars stores are carring quite a bit of honey.
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Algis Kemezys
 
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Reply Sat 21 May, 2005 08:54 am
yeah some dollars stores are carring quite a bit of honey.
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