Things I'm Learning, and Re-Learning
Monday, April 29, 2013
First, major kudos to my bf. I got home on Friday and he'd cleaned the living room...in a BIG way...and started on the kitchen. We brainstormed and decided to do dishes by hand (we get water for free, but pay for electricity...so we're going to try and use the dishwasher less)... We did all the laundry (well, that was more 'me' than 'we', but he did help), air-dried a good chunk of it (my work clothes are delicate, whaddaya want??) and spent $6.50 instead of $7.50 on the laundry (gotta love coin wash...ugh).
Then I couponed the crap out of my life, lol. So, for those of us who need (or just enjoy) to save money, I have a couple of tips:
1. Download an app called SnipSnap. I basically only use this for Target (always have...they're the ones with the best deals)...but I save a bundle there. Occasionally you'll get a coupon for free stuff...the first one I saw was for 1 free Coke product, then there was one for granola bars, then store-brand frozen pizza, and now cereal--free box of cereal 21.5 oz or smaller. Now, the 21.5 oz--think the BIG boxes of Cheerios. THAT size. This particular coupon is for GM, so bf and I got FiberOne and Cheerios...anyway, worth the offer. There are also coupons for $1 off any fresh fruit (and another for veg) purchase of $1+. We made out like bandits.
2. Stack coupons. Stacky-stacky-stack-stack. Generally, you can do 1 manufacturer's coupon and 1 store coupon per item. My favorite is when I go to my local store and they have a buy-one-get-one sale...and I have two coupons... :-) Yesterday was really great, layering coupons and getting free fruit...lol So, great example: yesterday I got 2 boxes of Quaker oatmeal. They were 50% off on promo (making them $1.89 per box, $3.78 total)...I had a store coupon for $1 off any box of 12 packets, two manufacturer's coupons for $0.55 off, for a total of $2.10 off. So, they're down to $0.84 apiece ($0.07 per packet of oatmeal!!)...and then I had another store coupon for $3 off any fresh fruit purchase of $3 or more, with the purchase of 2 boxes of oatmeal. We went $0.50 over on the fruit (darned bananas!!), so we spent $2.18 on $10.56 worth of stuff. (And yay almost free bananas!!)
Our total savings yesterday? Pretty darned stellar: we spent $34.70 for $96.95 worth of groceries. 2 stores. And the majority of it was fruits and veggies, FiberOne cereal, and other good stuff. :-) (We did get 2 Velveeta skillet meals for $0.70 apiece...but, hey--that's cheaper than boxed mac n cheese!!)
So, cheap healthy food? Not too terribly hard to come by, if you take a little time... :-)
...but I digress.
We're stressed. I'm calling one loan company per day to talk about extending my repayment period (one of them is a 7-year one...I checked all the ins and outs, and the term of repayment SAYS 7 years. Weird, right?), etc. We're watching the food, experimenting, stretching, getting more focused on how to incorporate leftovers and reduce waste...
Other random ways we've found to make money:
-Swagbucks (I downloaded the app. I literally get home from work, make sure I'm connected to wifi, and let it sit and play videos. You can also do the daily poll, try qualifying for surveys, etc.) 450 points = $5 amazon.com giftcard. You know what they've got on there now? Toilet paper, and various foodstuffs!! (I have amazon prime through my dad, too, so free shipping!!)
-Recycling (no, really, look it up)
-giving blood/plasma (NO, REALLY...look it up! Lol)
-iBotta app (they deposit cash into your paypal account when you purchase certain grocery items...you just have to take a photo of your receipt!)
Anyhoo, I'm feeling better and more motivated...but simultaneously heavy amd tired. I'm sure it'll improve... :-)