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   Posted 6/6/2010 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you someone who's "thrifty"? wink Or are you the spendthrift type? shocked Most of us certainly do have to watch out money and very closely too. I'm no different than anyone else in here especially since doc said I can't work any more. Life has changed a lot with a money pinch going on. So...for those who are thrifty,and I'm betting that's nearly everyone, what kind of things do you do to save money? If we share our ideas and talents each of us will most likely save even more.

I'm a bulk shopper. Costco is my store of choice. Plus I shop the sales in the regular grocery store. Specifically one thing I do is buy meat in bulk and then cut it up or grind it myself. It's so much better tasting too. I have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer and bought a grinder attachment for it about 25 years ago. We've ground up the equivalent of 4-5 pigs and a cow through that thing and it's still going. It has a crack in the plastic down the side if it but I put a hose clamp on and tightened it down well and so far that extended it's life about 10 years. smilewinkgrin I also make breakfast sausage... a few pounds of ground up pork, salt, pepper, sage and a touch of cayenne and it's the best sausage you've ever had for breakfast.

I also pack lunches for the guys. Gosh that saves a ton of money! And they eat much better too. One I pack for hubby and the other is a poor college student, our grandson. He appreciates what he saves and prefers grandma's food most often...unless the cafe at school has something great!

Those are some things I do to save money around the house. What kind of things do you do that helps with your budget?

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   Posted 6/6/2010 11:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I shop at groceries at Aldi's as often as I can. I cannot tolerate the unloading the cart, bagging, and all the lifting and putting away very well anymore. So I usually put it off until my husband can go along and help. I also shop the sales at the other grocery stores. My husband and I go to garage sales on Saturday mornings. We usually go where there is a neighborhood sale or when one of the small towns nearby is having a citywide sale. There is less driving and less getting in an out of the car. Most of the sales are close enough toghther that you can walk to several, and not even have to move the car. We look for items for the house or for our daycare center, or sometimes, we will find something that we can resell on ebay for a profit. Sometimes, we also get items from the Salvation Army Thrift Store. My husband is also a regular at Sunday afternoon auctions. We have also learned to fix a lot of things around the house ourselves rather than calling a repair person. I also make some of my own household cleaners in the past. It is not only cheaper, but there are less fumes this way.

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   Posted 6/7/2010 2:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I like to shop when there are sales. I like the" buy one get one free "but I only buy it if we use it. I do alot of my clothes shopping at thrift stores. I just don't shop a lot. I have learn to be content with less. Only thing I spend money on is groceries and even then I am counting every penny. I try not to buy too many premade meals, cook from scratch and make enough so we can have leftovers for lunch.
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   Posted 6/7/2010 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to have an Ebay business...12 years.  I sell now and then but it got too hard to package up large boxes and haul them to the Post Office.  The hubby and I were talking just yesterday about how much of our furniture and clothing have come from yard sales and thrift shops, due to my Ebay shopping.  I have a beautiful Laura Ashley comforter set...five bucks.  A set of bronze 'silverware' that serves 30...$15.00.  Two large Pottery Barn area rugs...$10.00.  I once went to a bunch of thirft stores in Washington D.C. where many of the donations came from the White the hubby twenty custom made dress shirts for $2.00 a piece...and a Coach wallet for myself...$1.50.  I now find it hard to walk in a mall and pay thirty dollars for a sweater...and usually won't!  Oh...and I always look in the reduced section at the grocery store and buy meat that is marked down because it will expire in two days then freeze it.  I used to shop this way because it seemed, thanks to the economy, I have to.
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   Posted 6/7/2010 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I leave hubby home, he has no idea of being thrifty.
I go to Gabes for clothes IF I buy any.
Giant Eagle has  "food perks"  that you get when you gas up there.  There are also fuel perks, right now they are 2.98 per gallon.   The perks are up to 20% off.  I save my good coupons for then, at times I have saved 95.00.
Aldi's...........I love that place but the prices are creeping up.
We buy a while pig at the county 4-H every summer and split a half of a cow.  The meat is under 2.00 per lb and the pig is about 1.40 plus butchering a ton of savings!!
I spend the most on animal food.
I love saving money!!!!
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   Posted 6/7/2010 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Food is my biggest expense, esp. now trying to go gluten-free (3 weeks now). As for furniture, knick-knacks, etc. I usually shop the second-hand stores or at least good sales. I have a very hard time paying full price for anything. I used to buy my clothes at ARC or Goodwill but it got too hard to push all those tightly-packed clothes over to look at them (sore muscles!!) so now I usually go to department stores, but I wait for the deep discounts. Of course, medical expenses are the pits but I don't know what to do about that. And yes, vet bills and animal food takes its toll!
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   Posted 6/7/2010 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I also do my grocery shopping at Aldi's and Save A Lot, but they are getting higher all the time.  I never look at clothes unless they are on a sales rack.  Lately I found a huge thrift store near Rivergate Mall in Nashville.  My DH has to go to Vanderbilt ever three months so I always look forward to stopping by.  I used to do yard sales and auctions but my DH is a pack rat and we accumulated way to much so I never mention them now.  I also try to save on fuel.  We live in a rural area and our church is about 15 miles away in a small town.  We always go to church on Sunday and Wednesday so that's when I go to Walmart.  I don't know what we would do without Walmart, but I have to watch hubby.  He really overspends there sometime.  He's not nearly as conservative as I.
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   Posted 6/7/2010 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   

I love a good bargain! Shopping for clothes at the end of the season always gets me a great buy...80% off is wonderful. I tend to buy classic pieces that don't go out of style.

My hubby and I have found some great deals at estate sales and auctions. Much of our furniture is 1940's pieces or older, some pieces I have refinished like my Duncan Phyfe dining table,six chairs and buffet. Saving money is always fun!

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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I guess for me I do all my shopping at Wal-Mart because my hubby is a part time greeter there and we get a 10% discount on most of the things we buy.

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   Posted 6/7/2010 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually go where the "voice" tells me to go and I find tremendous bargains. Saturday I went to the Children's Place and got socks
for the grandkids...10 pairs for $10, with T-shirts for $5. There's a new store called "Justice" and they have GREAT kids clothes
at 40% off. Then of course, the Disney Store with kids T-shirts 2 for $12 and adults 2 for $20. I got a lot of school shopping done.
Seeing as I have most of Christmas done I figured I'd get a start on school for fall. I do most of the stuff for the 3 kids that live
here near me.

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   Posted 6/7/2010 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Nana~~ Can you come do my shopping too? I hate it and do much of it online. Not looking forward to it this year or any for that matter, when it comes to holidays. Oh, sorry...didn't mean to go 'down'. That was a killer deal on good sox though. We also buy kids clothes but this year I'm not sure who's going to need them and what sizes. We have another grandchild on the way so that will likely be my focus. As soon as we know the sex of the baby then I'll begin a quilt for him/her.

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