With the financial markets going berserk, oil prices climbing again, HUGE companies visiting Bankruptcy Court (say, bye bye to jobs) everyone’s talking about saving money. And, they’ve got some very bizarre suggestions…
– Use cereal liners for sandwich bags. Personally, if you’re eating enough cereal to cover the kids’ daily sandwich bag needs, here’s an idea: Eat less cereal. That’ll save you tons more.
– A bordello is offering a $100 gas card for a $500 visit. Do I even need to comment on this one?
– Toilet train your cat. Hey, I love cats, I have two, but please. I have a hard enough time keeping up with the current “aim” problems I experience.
Instead, how about trying the buddy system. You’ve all done it, whether on a school field trip, during a fire drill, or at some Girl Scout or Boy Scout camp out. You and a buddy team up to look out for the other. And what better way to look out for your buddy than to walk hand-in-hand through the financial mess we currently face.
Every week you see tons of B1G1F (buy one get one free) or B1G1 1/2 off deals. Problem is, it’s a big expenditure TODAY for something that might take you months to use or you only need one (shoe stores are famous for the B1G1 1/2 off deals.) So find a buddy. Split the cost. Save the bucks.
This week CVS has Maxwell House Coffee as a B1G1F. I don’t drink the stuff, but I know coffee isn’t cheap. And two cans could last like… They do this often with makeup as well – front page ad had two of these plus a B1G1F on batteries. (Christmas is coming…) Vitamins often show up in B1G1F ads and vitamin companies offer $1 off coupons regularly. What all these have in common is sticker shock and a lengthy life span. Which means they really don’t expect you to stock up on these types of items. Let’s face it. An ad without a hit to the bottom line is a manufacturer’s dream.
Find a buddy. Make it their nightmare.
Remember: A Frugal Fiction book? $3.99. Reading to your child 15 minutes a day? Priceless!