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Frugal living and penny pinching
various | July 2, 2008 | Various

Posted on 07/02/2008 2:37:37 PM PDT by combat_boots

I offer here a list of spots you mught use to arm yourself and your family against current economic pressures. Please feel free.

I don't work for any of these places. I just think things may tighten up before they loosen up, and would like to have a discussion aimed at helping people out.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: economy; frugality; oil; penny; pennypinching; pinching

Frugal living:

 

http://frugalliving.about.com/b/2008/01/24/the-best-time-to-buy-everything.htm

 

Penny pinching:

 

http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=penny+pinching&form=QBRE

 

Best time to buy….

 

http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=best+time+to+buy+groceries&form=QBRE

 

 

Coupons

 

http://www.couponwinner.com/?cm_mmc=Google%20PPC-_-Coupons-_-Exact%20Match-_-coupons&gclid=CMbb5MOAopQCFR6gnAodBy7nBA

 

http://www.google.com/custom?q=coupons&sa=Google+Search&cof=LW%3A468%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fdingo.care2.com%2Fc2logos%2Fcare2_468x60.gif%3BGFNT%3A000066%3BLH%3A60%3BBGC%3Affffff%3BAH%3Acenter%3BGL%3A0%3BAWFID%3A186c8b6331d18984%3B%3BGL%3A0%3BS%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.care2.com%2F&domains=Care2.com&sitesearch=Care2.com

 

http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=Printable+Coupons&FORM=QSRE2

 

http://print.coupons.com/couponweb/Offers.aspx?pid=13101&zid=pt82&nid=10&bid=080702130716gxikrmnk

 

For a fee, also try http://www.grocerysavers.com (or sign up there).

 

 

Get a 2008 Entertainment Book free for the rest of 2008 when you buy the 2009 version:

 

http://birmingham.entertainment.com/discount/home.shtml

 

Energy things

 

Check your local gas prices at http://www.gasbuddy.com/

 

Solar window film:  http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=Window+Solar+Heat+Control+Film&FORM=QSRE2

 

Programmable thermostats:  http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=programmable+thermostat&form=QBRE

 

Consumer reports on ceiling fans:  http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=consumer+reports+fans&form=QBRE

 

Golf carts:

 

Electric:  http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=electric+golf+carts&form=QBRE

 

Gas:  http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=gas+golf+carts&form=QBRE

 

Segways:  http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=segway+Transporter&FORM=SSRE

 

Motor scooters:  http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=3+wheeled+motor+scooter&form=QBRE

                              http://www.bizrate.com/scooters_accessories/products__keyword--motor+scooter__search_box--1__sfsk--3.html

 

How to Make Biodiesel:

 

http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=How+To+Make+Biodiesel&FORM=QSRE3

 

Power your (diesel) car on vegetable oil:

 

http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=car+powered+from+cooking+oil&form=QBRE

 

Wine to fuel (I heard HRH Prince Charles of England does this):

 

http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=make+wine+into+fuel&FORM=MSNH

 

Make food for one month:

 

http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=make+food+for+one+month&form=QBRE

 

How to make solar panels:

 

http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=how+to+make+a+solar+panel&FORM=MSNH

 

How to fix your stuff:

 

http://www.howtofixyourstuff.com/auto/improvepower.php

 

Dollar stretchers:

 

http://www.stretcher.com/index.cfm

 

Hay bale gardening

 

http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=hay+bale+gardening&FORM=MSNH

 

1 posted on 07/02/2008 2:37:37 PM PDT by combat_boots
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To: combat_boots

Thank you. Ping for later.


2 posted on 07/02/2008 2:52:32 PM PDT by unkus
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To: combat_boots
Thanks for the links. There is also a good forum at http://www.savingadvice.com. That's in addition to their other pages, as well.
3 posted on 07/02/2008 2:57:53 PM PDT by Mediocrates
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To: combat_boots

Here is a few more...

http://www.fatwallet.com (discounts on goods)

http://www.make-stuff.com (how to)

http://www.instructables.com (how to)

http://www.freecycle.org (find a freecycle group in your area)


4 posted on 07/02/2008 3:01:41 PM PDT by stlnative (There is no room for B.O. in our White House !)
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To: combat_boots
My VZNavigator on my VZW phone has a new GasPriceFinder feature that locates Gas stations and their prices around your GPS area. I use it to save anywhere from 10 - 20 cents a gallon. Since I need a navigator anyway, its a cool feature.

Also, craigslist.org is a good place for used items in your area.

5 posted on 07/02/2008 3:19:43 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Senator McCain, what did GWB promise you back in 2000? And you believed him? BWAHAAAAA!)
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To: Mediocrates
Deals on dining out.
http://www.restaurant.com/
6 posted on 07/02/2008 3:47:20 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: combat_boots
Deals on dining out.
http://www.restaurant.com/
7 posted on 07/02/2008 3:49:10 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: combat_boots
To save on gas, get a credit card from a gas station or 2 or 3. When you buy gas using their credit card you can save 4% or 5%. Just make sure you pay it off at the end of the billing cycle to avoid any interest payments.

Also research the gas company cards. Find out which is 3%, 4%, or 5%. Make sure the savings are for the life of the card, not just a intro teaser.

A 5% savings at $4.00 a gallon would be $.20 a gallon.

Also, I got an e-mail a few weeks ago that listed companies that don't sell mid east oil. I believe BP is one. Their card is a 5% card. Why send money to the Sauds if you don't have to.

AND NEVER EVER USE CITGO GAS.

8 posted on 07/02/2008 3:59:30 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: combat_boots
That last link is especially interesting. I'm frequently surfing gardening forums and there is an abundance of newbies who are interested in growing their own food. Seasoned gardeners, myself included, are thrilled to see so many people interested in such a rewarding hobby.

Container Gardening Forum

Easiest Vegetables to Grow

FrugalGardening.com
9 posted on 07/02/2008 4:01:46 PM PDT by neefer (Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run.)
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To: neefer

We do container gardening. The kids love it. Hopefully in future we can built on their enthusiasm :-)


10 posted on 07/02/2008 4:10:14 PM PDT by Cloverfarm (Children are a blessing ...)
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To: combat_boots

ping


11 posted on 07/02/2008 4:21:05 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: combat_boots
If you travel get a credit card for the airline you fly the most. You'll probably get a large block of freq. flier miles just for enrolling. If they have a dining club, sign your card up for that, get miles for the purchase price, and for using your card. (Sometimes you can double up on savings if a restaurant is listed with the airline dining club and http://www.restaurant.com/

You can use the miles either to buy seats somewhere, or lets say your going to Hawaii, buy your tickets then upgrade to business or first.

Also for traveling checkout
http://www.hotwire.com/
I've used them for hotels and car rentals, and have done IMHO quite well.

There's also

http://travelocity.com/

http://www.expedia.com

http://www.orbitz.com/

Make sure you compare these three with Hotwire. Sometimes, not often, you can do just as well or better than Hotwire.

When getting airline tickets, sometimes going directly through the airline website will will save you $. At least it might save you the $5 booking fee Travelocity, etc. charge. You might also get freq. flier miles. Sometimes they also have better seat selections

Travelocity has a fare watcher alert, that you can have E-mails when specific destinations drop in price.

And when using your credit card ALWAYS pay it off when the bill comes!!!!!!!!!!

12 posted on 07/02/2008 4:22:28 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: combat_boots

The Yahoo Group called “Waste Nothing: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WasteNothing/

Hillbilly Housewife: http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/index.htm

We Need To Be Debt Free: http://needtobedebtfree.blogspot.com/

The forums at GardenWeb: http://www.gardenweb.com/

The Simple Dollar: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/


13 posted on 07/02/2008 4:24:55 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: combat_boots; Joya

ping


14 posted on 07/02/2008 4:25:33 PM PDT by Quix (WE HAVE THE OIL NOW http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3340274697167011147)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

PING


16 posted on 07/02/2008 4:28:15 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Cloverfarm

That’s great. It’s a shame most school systems don’t teach horticulture to kids. My hometown school board eliminated FFA because they didn’t want to be thought of as hicks.

Had a garage sale last week where I sold a bunch of small aloe plants to a group of little girls. It was so cute.


17 posted on 07/02/2008 4:34:31 PM PDT by neefer (Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run.)
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To: combat_boots

Live near where you work.
Don’t eat in restaurants.
Learn to cook your own meals.
Plan your meals and buy only what’s on your list.
One car (used compact or none if possible).
Not married? Get a roommate.
Don’t have kids until you can afford to feed them.
Learn basic home maintenance.
Learn basic car maintenance.
Good clothing can be had very cheap at yard sales and thrift stores.
Save money and pay cash for everything. Credit cards are for convenience only. If you are paying interest, you are spending too much.
Make a budget and stick to it.
Don’t smoke.

It ain’t rocket science.


18 posted on 07/02/2008 4:38:36 PM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: combat_boots

A few more I thought of (thank you for starting this thread!):

Budget 101: http://www.budget101.com/

Wisebread: http://www.wisebread.com/

Jungle Crazy (delas on Amazon.com) http://www.junglecrazy.com/

The Consumeist (warning: occasional potty language): http://consumerist.com/

Being Frugal: http://beingfrugal.net/

&

Craftzine (how-to): http://www.craftzine.com/

Craftster (how-to): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php

DIYLIfe (how-to): http://www.diylife.com/

Cut Out & Keep (how-to): http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/

& finally:

Yahoo Group “The Compact”, for people who want to buy drastically less: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thecompact/


19 posted on 07/02/2008 4:48:35 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: combat_boots

Ping-a-rooni, and many thanks.


20 posted on 07/02/2008 5:03:48 PM PDT by the lone wolf (Good Luck, and watch out for stobor.)
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To: combat_boots

bttt for $


21 posted on 07/02/2008 6:15:00 PM PDT by Peace Is Coming
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To: Peace Is Coming
one thing to add....Pork.....pork is a great versatile meat and you can do almost anything with it....grind it and make your own Italian sausage....or make breakfast sausage.....slow cook it in a crock pot ,drain, and add bbq sauce and cook a little longer...fantastic...

and pork is relatively cheap...go to the bigger stores or the stores that service the restaurants.....we have a "cash and carry " store here....they usually will have pork butts for 99cents a pound....

22 posted on 07/02/2008 9:35:19 PM PDT by cherry
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To: combat_boots
Thanks for all the links!

a few more
Gotta Deal.com the forums list online and off sales plus other bargains.
Dealsucker.com
Clever Mom.com
Hillbilly Housewife
How to search Amazon for deals
Last minute Auctions - lists ebay auctions at less than $1 with less than an hour to go.

23 posted on 07/02/2008 9:57:21 PM PDT by buschbaby
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To: combat_boots

Thanks everyone for some great looking links. Saving for later.


24 posted on 07/02/2008 10:11:52 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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Yes, thanks.

I don’t know how young families just starting out or older people on fixed incomes are weathering the current situation. Without a lot of community support and close-knit families who are also physically close, this is quite a patch of rough water.


25 posted on 07/03/2008 3:23:52 AM PDT by combat_boots (She lives! 22 weeks, 9.5 inches. Go, baby, go!)
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To: Quix

Thanks.


26 posted on 07/03/2008 4:37:12 AM PDT by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: All

Test to see if pings to “All;” still works.


27 posted on 07/03/2008 4:46:16 AM PDT by Quix (WE HAVE THE OIL NOW http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3340274697167011147)
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To: combat_boots

A picnic still compared to what’s ahead.


28 posted on 07/03/2008 4:47:25 AM PDT by Quix (WE HAVE THE OIL NOW http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3340274697167011147)
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To: Quix

No, it did not show up in “Pings” for me.


29 posted on 07/03/2008 4:48:04 AM PDT by Joya (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: VoiceOfBruck

Thought you and Mrs. Bruck might find some gems listed here.


30 posted on 07/03/2008 9:21:40 AM PDT by Zechariah_8_13 (If our nation elects Obama, will we become an Obamanation?)
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To: Zechariah_8_13

Tnx, & happy 4th to you and fam.

A lot of this stuff will come in handy after the _next_ revolution!


31 posted on 07/03/2008 9:48:40 PM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (waste the afternoon with bruck: vobns.blogspot.com)
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To: combat_boots

Been saving an average of $15.00 per grocery trip clipping coupons from the Sunday newspaper and the Tuesday mail coupons.


32 posted on 07/03/2008 11:10:09 PM PDT by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: Petruchio

ping to self


33 posted on 07/03/2008 11:18:32 PM PDT by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing them down the stairs.)
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