Archive for January, 2006
January 27th, 2006
January 20th, 2006
Week of Jan 21st – 28th:
Since we were very busy this week, we did not get to take advantage of too many deals. We did go to Pathmark twice though, and got:
20 boxes of Kleenex tissues for FREE
4 bags of Vanity Fair 100 pack napkins for FREE
8 bags of Wise Potato Chips (4 cents each)
6 bottles of V05 Nourishing Oasis Shampoo for FREE
You have to love coupons! If they still had the Ziploc sandwich bags in stock, we would have gotten 12 of those for free too, but unfortunately both times we went they were completely out of stock.
I had also reserved two books at the library that came in. One was only out in hardcover
(“Dean and Me” by Jerry Lewis) so that would have cost even more had
I decided to buy it instead of borrow it!
Savings for the week of Jan 21st – 28th: $91.64
January 13th, 2006
It’s incredible how much you spend each month on the necessities, and don’t even realize it. In the past month, we changed both our cell phone plan, and our landline phone service, and in the process, saved a lot more money then we thought we would – and got a lot better service as a bonus!
At the very end of December, we decided to get new cell phones, since both my husband’s phone, as well as my mother in law’s phone weren’t working properly. The problem was, we didn’t want to sign a new 2-year contract. We were paying over $100 a month for the 500 minutes (plus a lot of other features), but we didn’t really use our phones that much, and didn’t want to spend that much a month!
To make a very long story short, after calling the customer service representative and explaining the situation, and that we were loyal customers for 4 years, and wanted a better cell phone plan, they were able to give us more then double the minutes (1000 a month!) plus a lot of extras that we had – and some were even better, for HALF of the price! For that we didn’t mind signing a new 2-year contract. So now we’re getting a lot better of a service, for HALF of the cost of what we were before!
Coincidentally, less then a week later we got a call from our cable company. They were trying to convince us to switch over to use their phone service. When we had looked into it just a few months earlier, we found that it would still be the same price, so we weren’t going to bother switching – what would be the point? But during this phone call, they told us that it would only cost $14.95 a month, and that it wasn’t just a 1-year promotion, that was the permanent price! Not only that, but it wouldn’t just be for local calls, but include unlimited calls all over the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico! While we don’t really call too far away, we all know that even just calling another part of the same state a few times a month can add up. Plus, they were going to give us the unlimited calls for $14.95 a month, while we were currently paying at least $35 a month. So for $20 less a month, we would get a LOT better service! It sounded good to us, so we switched over.
So, in the span of one week, we got better cell phone service, AND better land line service, and are now saving about $74 a month, or $888 a year!
January 6th, 2006
Now, these are all different deals from different stores over the last 6 or so months, but they are definitely the highlights:
30 boxes Rice-a-Roni FREE
24 bottles Frank’s Red Hot Sauce FREE
35 bottles Suave Shampoo FREE
44 bottles of SoftSoap Body Wash FREE
30 Gillette Complete Shaving Gel FREE
24 Biquick Complete Biscuits FREE
$20 in Movie/DVD Cash (Can go to the movies) for FREE
5 boxes Frozen Purdue Chicken Nuggets FREE
18 Betty Crocker Desserts FREE
Peachtree Accounting FREE (after rebate)
18 Celeste Pizza’s (normally $1.25 each), 16 bottles of Motts Applesauce, 8 cans of Campbell’s Soup, peaches, watermelon, bananas, lettuce, oil, flour, and 2 packs of trident gum, all for $11
Got PAID $1.68 to take home 10 bottles of Wishbone Salad Dressing, 8 bottles of Skippy Peanut Butter, 6 bottles of Ragu Pasta Sauce, and 8 Lipton Iced Teas To Go containers.
Disney World trip for 2, including air from New Jersey to Orlando, 8 days at the parks plus 5 extras (Water Parks, Disney Quest, Pleasure Island, etc.), hotel on property at the All Star Movies Resort, and all meals for under $1500. (Each of our dinners alone would have cost over $100 had we paid for it separately.)
Aeropostale sweatshirts (with hoods) for $2.50 each
Magazine subscriptions to Kiplinger’s, Cruise Travel, Islands, Saveur, Sporting News, Shape, Popular Science, Smart Money, Budget Living, and Electronic House, all for free.
Tested countless number of free items to give my opinion on including: chocolate, coffee, shower products, perfumes, and air fresheners.
Mystery shopping at a lot of great stores and restaurants, getting some great meals and products for free! (We’re not allowed to mention the names, otherwise I would!)
I know there were more, but at this moment in time, I can’t really think of anything else that sticks out in my mind. As you can see though, many of these are every day items that you would be purchasing anyway! It really is easy to save money without changing your lifestyle.
My husband and I really enjoy finding ways to save money. We’re not really cheap though; we love going on vacations, buying what we want, eating well, etc. But we want to find ways to do it all for less, so we can be able to have enough to do what we’d like, as well as still save money each month.
Because of this, we spend a lot of time each week looking up good deals, whether it’s for an item that we need around the house, a movie we want to see, a restaurant we want to go to, or even just the groceries we buy each week. By paying attention to the things we want to buy or do, it saves us enough money that we can still do them – and have savings left over.
To show that it can be done – being able to save money without changing your lifestyle, I thought I’d share the ways we have found to save money. By reading this, hopefully you’ll be able to find ways to save too, without changing your lifestyle.
In the next entry, I’ll give a summary of many of the deals we had gotten over the past 6 months that made me realize you can save a LOT of money without changing your lifestyle!