Sunday, August 10, 2008

It's that time of year again.......

The shopping specials are out there everywhere. With school about to start up again, clothing and school/office supplies are on sale. We have always purchased TF’s blue jeans/work jeans in August. I buy them on sale and put them on a shelf in his closet. When he needs a new pair of jeans, all he has to do is look up. We own our own business and I buy most of our office supplies as they go on sale at Office Depot, Staples, Walgreen’s and at other stores. Pencils, pens, tape, Duo pocket folders with brads, staples, paper and whatever else I need are at my beacon call. I will stock up now and have most everything I need throughout the year. AND the best part, I get it all on sale. With gas prices up and groceries costing more, a penny earned is a penny spent on something else you need.

Now from the Dollar Stretcher website:

Special Ingredients

A great way to save money on some of those more expensive treats like shiitake mushrooms, pine nuts, sesame seeds, sesame oil, laver (seaweed) is to visit a Korean grocery store. These foods are very expensive in an average American supermarket if you can even find them. They are much cheaper and frequently sold in larger amounts and with better quality in Korean grocery stores. These days most items are labeled in Korean and English, so finding exactly what you want should not be a problem. The majority of customers will be Korean in this store though, so be prepared for an adventure into another culture right here in the U.S. In fact, take the kids for an informal and informative free afternoon outing. Dana H. in Las Vegas, NV
Note from Lucy: I went to the Hong Kong food market in our neighborhood last week, trying to find some more butane fuel for my cook stove. They have the best price in town at $ 5.00 for a package of 4. They were out of stock but while I was there I found the exotic vegetables at a much cheaper price. It is well worth the trip if you have a market close enough to you.

Nearby Attractions

We just came back from a wonderful day of fun! There is a hotel within two hours of our home with a waterpark. I thought the cost would be too much, but I called ahead and found out that the public can use the park from 9am until 9pm for only $6 a person. We are a family of six and we took our niece and nephew along. I shopped the day before and took fruit, veggies, crackers and water in the car. When we were hungry, we went outside, sat under a tree and had a little picnic. Plus, the waterpark was located inside, so we didn't have the expense (or mess) of sunscreen!
It would have cost $175 to stay overnight! We spent $42 for our tickets (we have a one year old who was free). It pays to ask questions! Nichi P. in Rockwell, IA
Note from Lucy: This sounds like a great way to save money for a good time with the kids.

Recycled Prescription Bottles

Use empty prescription bottles that are a little taller than normal to store cotton swabs. This is a great waterproof way to make a compact travel case to throw in a suitcase, beach bag, or swim bag. The bottles are also the perfect size to store quarters, which is great for the Laundromat. Give a filled one to a college student heading off to school this
fall! Karen Note from Lucy: This sounds awesome, I can’t wait to give it a try. I like both ideas.

Creating an emergency fund
Strategies for building your cash reserves for unexpected events. If we had not had an emergency fund, we would have been in a peck of trouble when TF had his gall bladder take out. Check it out here.

Old plastic pumps up credit score
By Don Taylor, Ph.D., CFA, CFP •
If I have credit cards that I don't use, should I keep them or should I close the accounts and destroy the cards? Here's your answer.

Have a great week everyone!


At 10:31 AM, Blogger butterflygirl said...

I always stock up on supplies this time of year.

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Granny Annie said...

As always, your tips are great. I especially like new suggestions for using pill bottles. We always have a surplus and hate to throw them away.

At 11:58 PM, Blogger Adi said...

Hi Lucy. I got excited for a minute, Office Depot has a pretty nice Acer 14.1" computer for $399.xx! But then I remembered that even if dogs are free they end up costing a lot of money. Like antivirous and programs to run on them.
We seem to be needing an emergency fund for repairs too, the house, the cars, the dogs, the computers, the TVs, the ...

At 12:00 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Sorry about Adi above, she had been using he computer and forgot to sign out!
Thank you too for reading my little poem this morning. :-)

At 7:58 AM, Blogger Putz said...

i really love your ideas for cutting costs DOWN, but i am such a stick in the MUD, that i usually avoid the whole event and then saved the whole amount, but most poeple want to live life LARGE, and i can't begrudge them of their fun, and so i say mopre power to you all

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Oh great One said...

I appreciate you sharing these tips. Things are getting tight around here with my son going to preschool this year, and hospital bills still getting paid down. Thanks!

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Cecil said...

Hey Lucy.. thanks for stopping by my blog! Yes, Emmy is my sweetie! I love spoiling her! Our weather is settling down a little .. it was very nice Sunday.. in the 80's.. and it's only supposed to be 80 tomorrow with a chance of rain... works for me! Have a good week... Cecil

At 11:11 AM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

Great tips as always. I was in a hardware store yesterday and someone was looking for empty clear plastic film containers, the type that Kodak 35mm film come in. They're great for storing things like fishing lures. And here I've been throwing them away all these years.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Lots of great tips and GREAT Advice, too! You are so smart to buy everything you need when it is on sale and then you have everything you need for the whole year! We could all learn from this advice, Lucy!

BTW: Had a GREAT time with Jamie....I will blog about it, soon!

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Susie said...

Hi Lucy,
I always enjoy reading your posts that are full of such good tips and ideas.
Hard to believe summer is winding down so quickly.
The beginning of school always seems like the start of a new year to me.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Cecil said...

Hi Lucy.. Yes, I love my daytimer! I keep little notes, appointments, etc in mine.. Diane does like to cook.. she does a great job of it, too! Our lunch today was great! fried squash, mashed potatoes, and meatloaf.. yum! Hugs.. Cecil

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

Great tips Lucy! I have some of those credit cards that I never use either and I wondered about keeping them or not, so I'm glad to get the answer to that one.

Looks like the trip to NYC was heaps of fun even if it was during the heat wave!

At 8:05 PM, Blogger Eve said...

I thought I had already commented on this post but when I looked, I was not there. I lvoe your tips, and although we don't use cradit cards with the excepion of our ATM cards, It does make sense what he has to say.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Cliff said...

All good stuff again Lucy. I'm so very aggravated with my connection. I have a lot of trouble getting it to download anyones website and of course going to find out about the credit cards is an impossibility.
I hope it staightens out soon.
But again, good going.
Okay, I spoke too soon. It finally came up and was exactly as I assumed it would be. Thanks

At 11:16 PM, Blogger aoc gold said...

The Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star!

How I wonder what you are,

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.


When the blazing sun is gone,

When he nothing shines upon,

Then you show your little light,

Twinkle, twinkle all the night.

The dark blue sky you keep

And often thro' my curtains peep,

For you never shut your eye

Till the sun is in the sky.


'Tis your bright and tiny spark

Lights the traveler in the dark;

Though I know not what you are
Twinkle, twinkle, little star!

-----by aoc power leveling

At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Hong Kong Attractions said...

Great Tips and info indeed!

Thank you so much for sharing.

More power to you.

All the best,

At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Jahn said...

Haven't been over here in a while, but this caught my eye this evening.

One way I save up money is to "pay" myself for doing laundry. Since I have my own washer & dryer, I don't have to use the machines in the laundry room. So I "pay" myself by putting the equivalent amount of money in a jar.

I also "pay" myself for my haircuts since I cut my own hair.

But I don't tip myself. 'Cause I'm a lousy barber with a bad attitude.


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