This blog is to showcase steals, thrills, & mega deals in the shopping world. By this, I don't mean snatching up a Coach bag off E-bay for a couple hundred bones...I mean snatching up EVERYDAY needs (& sometimes wants) for pennies on the dollar...ie- children's socks for $1, cream of mushroom soup for 50 cents, Old Navy skirts for 99 cents...got it? Feel free to pass any of YOUR fab finds my way & I'll post them, giving credit to you of course. Happy Savings!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
And then go ahead & decorate it.
These fun little cardboard box chairs are on sale from Land of Nod:
was: $69 for 2
NOW: $24.95 for 2
Pink Patchwork Stars Nursery Bedding
Caution: Crazy Weekend Up Ahead.
-I want to go through and tally up all ya'll's points again to make sure you and I match.
-Also, some of you had a question as to whether or not you got the 5 extra points for the grocery sack garbage challenge if you use all grocery bags throughout your house except for your kitchen.
Sorry, folks. Only 5 extra for that challenge if ALL you use throughout your WHOLE house are grocery type sacks....even kitchen.
So your last challenge is this:
Have a nice little sit-down with Hubby, or room-mate, or the Parentals....whomever you co-habitate with, and discuss what you as a household are going to do to cut back on expenses. It doesn't have to be a major cut-back, but a cut-back nonetheless.
Hayley: I hereby vow to be more conscious of my paper towel usage.
Tyler: How so?
Hayley: I will NOT use paper towels when a sponge or dish towel will do the trick. And if I do use a paper towel for a small little water wipe-up, I will fold it nicely and save it for the next time I need to grab a quick nappie.
Tyler: Well done.
Also, it doesn't have to be something from our game.
Whatever you choose to do to save a buck or 2 is awesome!
Just let us all know what you choose.
10 POINTS for this challenge.
Go out with a bang, Ladies. Out with a bang.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Saddle-Up 6 Piece Party Set
Go Team! You can do it!
Okay, start organizing your day of a frugal lifestyle for tomorrow!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
And there unfortunately is no exception with our February Frugality Challenge.
So as we wrap up the game to find our Savvy Shopping and Frugality Queen,
here's your 3rd to last challenge:
For Thursday, Feb 26th, let's find out how many points you have.
I know this will take some backtracking, but I want to make sure my records match with yours.
So....tally up your points for Thursday's Challenge.
It'd be helpful if you could document kind of like this:
toilet paper challenge: 1 point
no bottled water challenge: 1 point
turn off a light challenge: 15 points
Tallying up your points will earn you 15 points!
Include Thursday's Challenge in your updated points.
ALSO...I know this is coming a bit late, but I have some point changes to make for 1 of the challenges.
The points for the shorter shower challenge were awarded weirdly, and I think rather than awarding those who generally take extremely long showers, we should award this way instead-
If your shower was:
less than 1 minute: 10 points
1 minute: 9 points
2 minutes: 8 points
3 minutes: 7 points
4 minutes: 6 points
5 minutes: 5 points
6 minutes: 4 points
7 minutes: 3 points
8 minutes or more: 2 points
I apologize for this, but think this may be a bit more fair.
Feel free to bring up your beef with me if you may have any.
$28.78 after discount & shipping! Not too shabby.
Here's the product description:
"Total Bed Set™: includes polyfilled comforter, bedskirt, 2 standard shams (1 with twin, 2 king with king), sheet set with 1 flat, 1 fitted sheet and 2 std. pillowcases (1 with twin, 2 king with king). Polyester/cotton; sheets are cotton/polyester. Machine wash; spot clean pillow."
Sweet Gold Pineapple $2.88 each.
Campbell's Select Harvest Soup 88 cents each (Saturday & Sunday only)!
Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn...buy 1 get 1 free!
1 lb Eating Right Baby Carrots $1 per bag.
Nabisco Snak Saks $1 EACH!!! Load up, friends!
All prices are effective Wed, Feb 25th - Tues, March 3rd.
That's right...save some cash on your trash.
How? Well here's your challenge:
Today we shall use NO trash bags. In their place, we will be using grocery sacks. I agree that sometimes garbage calls for the Hefty & what not, but if you're like me & you take your trash out MANY times a day, then you're throwing $ away with every visit to the dumpster.
NO MORE! STOP THAT BAD HABIT TODAY...RIGHT NOW!
10 points for those who refill their can with grocery sacks today.
And an EXTRA 5 for those who already use grocery sacks.
And you know what, I got very little sleep last night so I'm a bit grouchy, thus I have no patience for money wasters today.
If you use trash bags like these:
you lose 8 points for the day. I mean c'mon...buy yourself a cute shirt or some curtains in this pattern, but don't buy a garbage bag in toile print.
Have a good one :)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
And thank goodness IHOP does too. Free short stack today (3 pancakes) between 7-10 am.
Monday, February 23, 2009
you know -- the great outdoors.
Oh, and saving a little green as a byproduct.
Here's your challenge for Tuesday:
Discuss garden plans with your spouse or those you live with. If a large vegetable/fruit garden isn't a possibility for you, then discuss the possibility of growing your own herbs. Herbs are actually quite easy to grow & maintain, & most can be done in a pot. So NO EXCUSES!
Points, Points, so what about the Points?
Discuss WHAT you will plant: 2 pts
Discuss WHERE you will plant: 2 pts
Discuss WHEN you will plant: 2 pts
Any extra steps you take towards planting will result in
5 extra points per step.
-Tyler & I discuss that we will plant tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, green beans, pumpkins, squash, peas, & herbs this year. 2pts
-Tyler & I discuss the placement of each plant...potatoes along the fence, tomatoes in the cages by the edge of the garden.... 2 pts
-Tyler & I discuss we will start planting Saturday, March 7th. 2 pts
-I do some research on-line to learn more about growing herbs. 5 pts
-I go to OSH & buy our seeds. 5pts
-I mix in some compost out back. 5pts
*TOTAL for the day: 21 pts*
Why the garden?
Because everything we plant are things we eat in our household. It's a whole heck of a lot cheaper to grow them on my own than to buy them at the store.
Here's why it's cheaper:
1- I don't charge myself for the produce (duh)
2- I'm not paying for pesticides and farm fees for my produce
3- I'm not paying for gas for the produce delivery truck.
4- I'm not paying to help the selling grocery stores make a profit.
And in addition, I like knowing that we have some sense of self-reliance.....it's unfortunately a dying trait in our society.
Happy Garden Discussions!
Thanks to Lenessa for this DELICIOUS find!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Here's your challenge for Monday, Feb 23 -again a multi-parter-
1- think of something you WANT really, REALLY, rEaLlY BAD (purse, shoes, furniture, car, gourmet chocolates?)
2- find the msrp (manufacturers suggested retail price) of that product
3- find that baby on-line or in a store for LESS than the retail price
(keep in mind we're not buying these things, we're just doing a little learning exercise, so feel free to dream big today)
1 PT for every percent cheaper you find it for
Horrible wording, I know, so let me explain:
1- I want some horse-riding style boots - (3 pts)
2- they're usually $310 - (5 pts)
3- found them on DSW.COM for $179.94
That's savings of 41.9% (so 41.9 PTS)
so my total for the challenge would be: 41.9+5+3= 49.9 pts
Here's the calculation to find the percentage:
old price ($310) minus new price ($179.94) = your difference ($130.06)
your difference ($130.06) divided by old price ($310) = percentage of savings (.419 = 41.9%)
So the point of this challenge is not only to learn some fun cool mathematics equations, but mostly to realize we don't always have to deprive ourselves of things we want.
But we DON'T HAVE TO PAY FULL PRICE FOR THEM EITHER!!!
There are almost, close to always, ways to find things for less than what's being asked.
So go on & get shopping......er, imaginary shopping!