In regards to #9, I have been on the hunt for shoes, with no sucess..I just brought my summer shoes up from hibernation..I will have to pass the crown to____________________! Fill in the blank ladies:( sob...
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1. Instead of buying a book, go to the library. (although it takes gas)
2. Instead of gambling, play video poker (Tutorial)
3. Go for a walk.
4. Eat at home.
5. Window shop (although it takes gas)
6. And I can't believe you didn't suggest this one: Go on Chat!!
I don't want to change any of my good or bad habits in order to save money. I think I'll take up gambling and win the extra moola . If all else fails I guess I can put in a couple extra hours at the grindstone. I don't generaly like to buy generic products but will start. MD
Don't forget consignment shops for great clothes, gently used, stylish and CHEAP! Even in our little town, there are 4 or 5 great shops for clothes - especially cruise wear - sparkly things right after the Holidays, sandals, great skirts and tops.
I'm addicted to consignment shops and buy lots of things there. The savings pays for dry-cleaning and makes a great wardrobe booster!
I buy the vegitables and fruit at the corner farm market. Instead of the more expensive big name grocery store.
they package it and charge more.
also, driving less. Only paid $60.00 for gas last month.
I have found out with sales that timing is everything; I always wait until the end of each season to stock up on clothing and shoes. Then too their are businesses on line that cater to the secondary market in clothing and shoes. Who cares if the style is last season; the discount price more than make up for that! Trip; you and I must be related to Imelda Marcos.
We have had to make a few adjustments - we used to get take out almost every Friday - in the last three months we have only eaten out once I think - and that was when the local snackbar opened for the summer - I have had a couple of lunches out with friends - but they have been few and far between.
I clip lots of coupons.
I am shopping my closet and my pantry - putting together outfits from what I have and recipes the same way also.
I have a master shopping list - so when I do go shopping I am not as easily swayed by impulse purchases - I have things that I know my wardrobe needs - like a white blouse or brown socks...basic staples that have to be replaced, then things I need to buy for other people - like upcoming birthdays and such. So I shop with purpose I guess.
I am more aware of turning off lights, tv's - etc, not letting water run uncessesarily.
Trying not to take extra trips - in other words, being more organized. When I go to work, I am near the grocery stores. So I make sure I have my canvas bags, coupons and list in the car. When I go to the bank I check to see if I need and stamps or things mailed, as it is near the Post Office.
All very small things, that probably won't make much of a difference, but at least I feel like I am consuming less and wasting less.
Now, if I could only somehow conquer my magazine addiction
I stay around home on my free time, take advantage of the pool here for recreation rather than go out somewhere. I take advantage of every "freebie" I find that I can use. I shop with coupons for everything. I keep careful track of reimbursible miles for my job. When I am on a job that does not provide a meal I bring lunch from home.
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I consider myself fortunate to have a job where I work at home - so every time the price at the pumps goes up, I tell myself I got a raise... okay, I don't really have more money, but at least I don't have less! Unfortunately not much in the way of public transportation where I live (Mich. UP), and can't really leave the furnace off when it's really really cold out; don't have AC so can't save anything there. Agree with DTW - save money, drink at home!!
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