Sunday, March 29, 2009

Cheap Tricks: Money Saving Secrets

What cheap tricks do you have to share?
For example, do you cut dryer sheets in half so that every box is a BOGO (Bonnie's tip!)? Do you ask for extra paper plates and napkins when you order pizza so you never have to buy paper plates and napkins for home (Jen's tip!)? Do you make your own pre-wash for clothes, by putting all the leftovers from your bars of bath soap into a jar? Those soaps liquify and with a used toothbrush, make a nice paste with with to pre-treat clothes with stains (tip from Jen Chick's Grandma Combs).

We have more to share, but would like to hear from you first. What money savings tips do you have ? (besides couponing and stockpiling, of course!)

Make sure you give your name so we can give you credit for your tip. We are sending these in to a national morning show, so send as many as you can!

Jen Chick

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you have a foaming pump handsoap dispenser? If so, those same bar soap leftovers work great in those. Just add water!

Laura, SC said...

I buy facial cleansing cloths and eye make-up remover cloths cut them in half to get twice as many...like Bonnie's dryer sheets.

mjenningsdesigns said...

Dilute juices to get more for your money. Plus your are getting less sugar.

Eliminate paper products from your home to save money. (besides TP)

Use white vinegar instead of fabric softener in your washer and instead of jet dry in the dishwasher.

Samantha said...

Track when your favorite yogurt is nearing the expiration date. Shop for it when it is near that date, when the store has it on sale. The yogurt (with coupon) will be free or nearly free. And remember, yogurt freezes well. Put a frozen yogurt in your child's lunch (or your lunch) in the morning and it will be thawed by meal time-- and act as a coolant for the rest of the lunch!

maryann said...

When grapes are on sale, buy extra and freeze them. Kids like frozen grapes and it works as a treat like popsicles! I also do the same thing with Gogurt when it is on sale. Saves you from having to buy treats and healthy snacks.

Little Miss Know it All said...

I use the thick no-lotion, no-scent baby wipes as face cloths each night. They remove my makeup the same as those expensive face wipes do!

We also joined with my parents and my brother and his wife to have a large family plan for our cell phones. My dad's work pays for his line, the most expensive one, and we all pay $10 a month for our lines. We have more than 300 minutes a month, and since calling each other is free, we can talk more now! We also got the family texting plan along with the family unlimited data plan, so for $25 a line we have 300 minutes, unlimited texting and data! Love it!

Theresa said...

Recently shopping at Meijer, I started running my groceries thru the checkout myself. I found the cashiers there are more willing to accept expired coupons. I had one today and I told her I didn't realize it expired on 4/4 (it was for $6.50 off). She had no problem taking it off for me. Remember, you catch more bees with honey.

Anonymous said...

Marcia Cox said If you like Soy sauce but not the salt or the calories, and you want to use the Lite Soy Sauce, but not the price. Buy the regular Soy Sauce and but half in one container for later and fill the rest of the bottle with water. That is all that "Lite Soy Sauce" is, 1/2 water. Learned that from Weight Watchers years ago. Thank you Jen/Bonnie for all your tips, saving money has never been sooo much fun.

Anonymous said...

I also read a valuable trick today in a magazine. I haven't tried it yet, but it is definitely worth a try! The magazine said that USED dryer sheets dust your house very well. Good for the environment, and on your budget since you don't need dust spray. I am going to try it and hopefully it will work.

Anonymous said...

Did you know you are taxed on "dining in" at fast food restaurants? So, when ordering, get it "to-go" and knock the tax right off!