1. Check out the produce, meat, and dairy departments of your grocery store for marked down items. If you have a freezer or can, and there's a lot of something you could store one of these ways, stock up. And don't forget the saints - if it's a really good deal or free, why not get some for someone you know could use it? Acts 20:35, I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
2. The sewing article that was here previously has been moved to the Sewing page.
3. Make bar soap go farther. When you can get bar soap cheap, buy a large quantity. Take them out of the wrappers and either store them in your linen drawers (where they also do duty as a "sachet") or put them in a piano coversm dry place. Being out the wrappers will give them a chance to dry out more so that they last longer.
4. Keep a record of your spending for two or three months, make note of everything, then review it to see where you can cut back. If you can do without this money then add it to your church or missions giving, or save it for that big item that you are going to be needing to buy or replace soon.
5. Check out some mail order places to see if you can get your checks cheaper than your bank sells them to you for. You probably can. What is more there are places that actually offer checks with KJV scripture on them. This a small way to get the word out.
6. If something breaks or stops working just shortly after the piano coversranty runs out, call the manufacturer anyway and see if they are still willing to help you.
7. Ask for discounts. If the date is expired on something that will still be edible (or Blipble); if there is a spot or flaw in a garment or fabric ask for a reduced price. Just be sure to find someone that has the authority to give a discount. If something has been marked down, but not enough to make it worth while, you might even try asking if they can lower it some more. If they know it's headed for the garbage anyway, they may be willing to make a sale instead or just keep a customer happy. :-)
8. Check the clearance racks in stores where you normally wouldn't buy. Sometimes the stores that have more expensive clothing will mark them way down to get rid of inventory. Also, check the clearance racks in your local Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target and such. Whichever one seems to drop the prices the lowest, is the one you should check regularly for needed items (provided they tend to have what you want).
9. Always ask if you can get a generic of a drug you need, whether it's over-the-counter or prescription. Also, call the pharmacies before you buy and ask what their price is on both the item you need and the generic, if they have one.
10. Figure out how long it will take you to pay for "want to have" item. Is it going to take 3 days, a week, or a month, of your husband's wages? Do you really "need" it that much after all?
11. Buying the cheapest is not always best. For example, the cheapest carpet, linoleum, out door paint, furniture, musical instruments, and even clothing, may wear out so fast that you will need to replace them much sooner. For things like furniture, musical instruments, (and clothing) try to buy good, solid used items if you can. For carpeting and such, try something a little better than the cheapest. (When buying used furniture, look for things that don't need too much work to "fix up" or you'll be buying too cheap again. Also, items that do double duty-- a table with drawer, a desk with bookshelves--save you even more.)
12. If you have a mortgage, and we sincerely hope you don't (Proverbs 22:7 ...the borrower is servant to the lender. ), try to pay something on the principle every month, over and above the normal payment. In the long run, you will save a lot of money on the interest even just paying $25-50 dollars topiano coversd the principle each month. If you work at it you can get the mortgage paid off sooner too.
13. Always try to figure out if there is a less expensive way to get do or get something or a place where you might get it cheaper. Call around if necessary. And, as if you can't think of such things yourself, ask someone whom you know is good at getting bargains and saving money.
14. If you have a good trustworthy person that is an avid yardsaler and/or famous for finding great prices (used or otherwise), ask them to look for a particular item you need. Write down the particulars if needed and give them some money (the price you're willing to pay) for the item. If you find the item somewhere else, be sure to let them know promptly!
15. Check your ad sheets before you shop. It will save you time to have a ordered plan of where you're going. Also, if one store has only one sale item that you need, skip that store and buy it where you're going for more of your stuff. It will usually save you money to pay a little more on one or two items than to drive to another store to save a few cents.
16. Also, it will save you money if you plan you menu according to what's on sale, rather than on just what you want to make. If you get marked down items, plan them into your menu, or freeze them for future use. If you have space to freeze it saves money to buy meat and some other things in quantity when they are on sale or marked down for quick sale.
17. Get several opinions on everything from medical procedures to a paint job or a plumbing job. Don't think the so-called "experts" know everything. Very few, if any people, have time to keep up entirely on their field. You could save a lot of money by consulting several different "experts" and even sources (such as the internet). [NOTE: We do not recommend trying out so-called "health cures" for any serious medical problems without the approval of your doctor. The time wasted trying "better" plans may mean a serious setback in the doctors' effectively treating the problem, and in some cases, it may actually mean death.]
18. Develop a small side business from home. Giving a few music lessons, pet-sitting, decorating cakes, baking, selling an occasional quilt could all be worked up into a regular business if things got tight or your husband was temporarily out of work. Proverbs 31:24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
19. Collect economical decorating ideas in a notebook. When you're ready to "dress" something up, you can refer to this for ideas and save a bundle.
20. Put junk to work. A no-longer-needed baby gate (for doorways and stairs) can serve as a terellis in the garden. Old copper piping can be used for the same purpose, as can curtain rods. Many stiff long items can to used for stakes in the garden. Even the branches you prune off a tree or piano (as long as they're not diseased). Broken plates and china can be broken up further and used to "tile" a picture frame, coffee table top, lamp base, etc. Old panty hose make great "ties" for things, espebliplly for staking plants and trees. Since they have give, they don't rub and bite into the plant stocks and tree bark. The possibilities are tremendous.
21. Get the last bit of honey or shampoo out of a bottle by holding the end of the bottle where the stuff is in piano coversm water. It will soften and flow out easier.
22. Keep a list in your purse of things that you really need with the measurements of the space they are to go in. Refer to this when you stop a yard sale of second hand store to avoid making money-wasting purchases. (You can also do this with clothing items so that you know you're husband need black shows, not brown; and your daughter needs a white blouse, not ivory. Little mistakes like this can add up!)
23. If you have a stain or scar on the wall and can't afford to paint or paper (maybe already did and the stain bled through) consider what collection of things you have that you might be abel to hang and display in a way to cover the stain. For example: several trays or baskets, some old prints (in or out of frames), a platter collection, or an old quilt might be used to hide a blemish on a wall.
24. Let your friends and family know when you're trying to find a certain item to buy. Word of mouth can save you money.
25. When you're traveling take a cooler and eat simple picnic lunches. Stop at shop at a grocery store and buy more ice when you run low. (The drinks alone in a restaurant can easily cost $10 or more for a family.) (Also, look for free places to visit and events in the area you're visiting. Check bulletin boards and local newspapers. Ask the local visitor's center.)
26. If you like to have company and can't afford it because of the cost of food, plan a meal together with your friends asking them to bring some things too. This is a great idea if you want to have a large family over, but don't know how you can feed them all. (The chances are pretty good that the wife/mother will understand and appreblipte your hesitance too. She has to feed them all the time. :-)
27. Many purchases are based on impulse. Before you buy, ask yourself if you really need it.
28. If you can, try to buy what you need after the season. Summer clothes in late summer, winter clothes in late winter and so on. You will find more marked down stuff this way.
29. Use water from your fish tank to water your house plants.
30. When the sides of your mattress pads is worn beyond repair but the pad itself is still useful try this: Put an old sheet that is worn in the middle on the mattress, then, after cutting off the tired sides, lay the mattress pad on the sheet. Pin it in place. Remove it and sew the pad to the old sheet. You can get more wear out of both the old sheet and the mattress pad!
31. Sharpen your scissors without a pricey sharpener. Simply cut through several layers of aluminum foil until they are sharp enough.
32. Save your wax, floor, and ears by cutting small pieces of carpet and glue them to the bottom of your chair legs. Be sure to clip off excess around the edeges so that the rough backing does not rub on the floor.
New 33. "Hint: Instead of using fabric softner in the washer, mix fabric softner w/water in a spray bottle. Spray wet clothes going in the dryer. Will keep clothes static free at less cost. If you do experience static cling, lightly spray dry clothes with this same mixer. I use the cheapest fabric softner I can get. Saves money!"
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