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Frugal Ways to Save Money-from Fashion, To Groceries, to Gasoline

Updated on January 29, 2013
money saving tips, for groceries, gas, clothes, shoes, electronics, and cleaning supplies
money saving tips, for groceries, gas, clothes, shoes, electronics, and cleaning supplies

speedy rewards from speedway

plato's closet- who they are, and what they buy

Meijer, Family owned, Family Run

Frugal Ways to Save Money

We are all looking for ways to save money. Cutting back has become a catch phrase in today's economy. To say that I am frugal, is an understatement. I have found some useful websites, and ways to do just that. From fashion, to groceries, to gas, here are some useful tips to save money.

Garage Sale.com

The general rule of thumb is, if you haven't used it or wore it in two years, you're not going to. Go through your clothes, kitchen ware, and tools. Be ruthless, ask yourself, "Do I really need this?" If it is something your not sure of, mark it up, the customer will pay extra if they really want it. Go through the kids outgrown toys, and clothes. I know, they want to save everything. A way to encourage them, give them the cash for their stuff. It will teach them the value of a dollar, if they have to work for it. They will realize, just how many dollars it takes to buy that new gadget. High dollar items, they pay half. Very useful advice, handed down from my mother in law. The money you make on your garage sale, put towards new clothes, and toys. Garage sales.com is a useful website with free local listings, include your own.

For Outgrown Clothes, Toys, Video games, and Systems :

Consignment shops are also an option. They buy and sell gently used clothing. Two that I have used are:

Once upon a child They buy, and sell used clothing for children. Sizes infant up to children's size 16. They also buy, and sell everything from cribs, to walkers, to gates and toys. onceuponachild.com

Platos Closet They buy, and sell used clothing for teens, and adults. Sizes 0-16, juniors, and womens. Men's sizes 27-38. Other items are purses, belts, books, and jewelry.

Both, Once Upon a Child, and Plato's offer a member card. Every time you buy, or sell you earn a stamp, which can later be turned in for a discount on a future purchase. They want current fashion, gently used, within the past two years. As fast as children, and teenagers, outgrow their clothes, very useful, and frugal. Platoscloset.com

Game Stop.comThey offer discounts on trade ins, and cash for used games. They sell new, and used products. Including, game systems, controllers, and extras. Offer a membership card, the more you trade, and sell the bigger the discount. Gamestop.com.

Play It Again Sports.com They buy, and sell gently used sports equipment.

For One of A Kind Items

For those one of a kind items, that you don't want to give away for 50 cents. Try E-bay. They have numerous items, and categories for just about any item you could think of. They now offer a "How To" tutorial on how to do it. There is a 1.00 insertion fee, per item, but if it doesn't sell you pay nothing.

For Money Saving Coupons and Discounts on Groceries:

Meijers.com. They offer many discounts, through their website, in two ways. One, sign up for their emails. Discounts, 10 for 10 items, and coupons, all come directly to your in box. Another way, is to sign up for Meijers perks. An automatic text comes to your phone. Go to your account, on line, clip the discount, enter the code at check-out. The discount comes directly off of your grocery bill. This is a green way to save money. No coupon, no printing, automatic, and easy. They also offer their weekly ad on line. There, you can check for sale items before you go.

For Money Saving Discounts On Gasoline:

Speedway.com They offer a loyalty card. For every purchase you earn points, from gasoline to milk. Those purchases accumulate very quickly. Your points can then be turned in for a gas gift card, among many other gift cards. Ask for a Speedy Rewards card at the register. Sign up for email alerts for promotional items, and discounts. When you use your loyalty card, a lot of the time you get an automatic discount at the pump. This promo is ran quite often.

They now offer "The Speedy Rewards Mall". For every purchase made on line, through their website, you earn points, toward your account. For example, if you order an item from JCPenney, you will receive 20 points for every dollar spent. There are many other participating merchants.

For Money Saving Coupons on Other Items:

Many other companies offer these discounts. Among my favorites are Hollister, Aeropostale, Vitamin Shoppe, and JCpenney. Through their email sign ups, you can receive their ad, clearance items, coupons, and discounts. If it becomes too many emails in your email box, you can go to the bottom of the email, and unsubscribe at any time.

Cleaning Supplies This is probably the most sought after advice asked. A very good product is "TKO, that orange stuff". It is non-toxic, and because it is concentrated, very economical. Derived from orange oil, very effective in cutting through grease, can be used just about everywhere. As a spot cleaner, on carpet and upohlstery, in the laundry, tile, counter tops, bathrooms, any where. I used it on drywall, that had gotten wet. It removed the mold, and went back to like new. It is a mold remover, and disinfectant, without the chemicals. Awesome product.

Money Saving Tips On Health

With the rising cost of healthcare, insurance, and medicare issues, everyone is looking for answers. Vitamins, and supplements are cheaper, with less side effects than drugs. If you know how, and when to use them. They are my go to, for mild cases of infection, and general health issues. By just adding a good multivitamin a day, you cut the incidence of getting a cold in half. That cold then turns into a sinus infection, not only do you pay for a doctor's visit, you have to pay for an antibiotic as well. For health tips, along with appropriate supplements, check out my articles on alternative medicine. Do not misunderstand, I only suggest these supplements as a prevention, not a substitute for good medical advice, and treatment.

Money Saving Recipes:

For frugal recipes, see my pork loin recipes. Pork is always on sale, very economical, and as versatile as chicken, or hamburger. It can be substituted into just about any recipe that you already use. Cook in a crock pot, and not only are you saving money, you are saving time, very valuable.

Everybody talks "Swag" these days. It's pretty "Swag" to walk away with a pair of Nike's for $8.00!!! I did this at JCpenney's. I turned in my speedy rewards points, received a vanilla visa gift card. Waited for the shoes to go on sale, combined with a JCpenney coupon, bought a pair of Nike's, for $8.00. Extreme couponing at it's best.





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      Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht 5 years ago from Hobart,In

      I have used them quite often, as my teenage son outgrows his clothes faster than my husband, and I can keep him clothed. There may be others close to home, check your yellow pages. Most charge a commission of 20-25% for selling your item, and pay you only if it sells. It is worth it, especially if it is an in demand item. Good Luck.

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      Steve Orris 5 years ago from NE Ohio

      Once Upon a Child is great. I just wish there was one closer to our home.

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      Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht 5 years ago from Hobart,In

      Thank you. An ounce of prevention, is worth more than a pound of cure.

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      tipstoretireearly 5 years ago from New York

      Your tips for taking care of your health are especially helpful! The savings from warding off just one doctor's visit can be substantial.

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      Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht 5 years ago from Hobart,In

      I've used this approach for saving money, for years. I'm known as the coupon queen.