Act 319

Read the flyers

I’m amazed at the newspaper to flyer ratio this time of year. Seems everyone, and I mean everyone, is getting a jump on the Christmas sales. Of the publications dropped off at my house, 60% is flyer, 40% is news.

I am, by no means, an extreme couponer and I won’t drive all over town to save a few pennies but I do like a good deal. And there are many to be had if you’re prepared to do a bit of research like reading the flyers.

It’s also a great way to get a jump on the small things that you need at Christmas for stuffing stockings or welcoming visitors. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, little things you don’t need to rush out for at the last minute. It’s also good for hostess and teacher gifts, if you’re into that sort of thing. A little something to say thanks for going the extra mile. These miscellaneous expenses can put a dent in your Christmas budget so if you see a deal that works and you can afford an extra $20 or $40 in your budget, start a little stash of things you might need come December. Then dig out your extra wrapping paper (I bet you have your fair share, I certainly do) and you have a simple, inexpensive way to let the people you appreciate know that you appreciate them.

Happy saving!

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Act 281

Design is fine. But thrifty is nifty.

In between my mom shuttle duties today, I had a 1/2 hour to spend. Decided to go to the local thrift store for a look see. Sometimes there’s nothing. But on occasion you luck out if you’re willing to dig in.

I found a great hoodie for one son and two skookum t-shirts for the other. I also found a fetching wallace tartan handbag. Did I need another handbag? No. at at a grand price of $2.75, it was a fancy I could afford.

I’m beginning to think I’ll never buy anything for full price again.

Thought this t-shirt was the perfect find for this blog. The universe unfolds in funny and ironic ways some days…

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Act 167

Shop the bargain bins.

There’s no shame is saving a penny. In fact, it’s a pretty honourable pursuit. Keep in mind that retail locations are like giant real estate developments for products. The lower the profit margin, the less desirable the real estate (read way at the back or off to the side or up high or down low), the better the price. When a product is on its way out, its often deep discounted and put in a bin to go to its next life at a discount retailer or to certain thirft shops. Shop in the bin, you never know what you’ll find – and if it happens to be something you need, you’ll find savings as well.