I just received my electric bill and it was around $80 cheaper than last year at this time. Where those savings came from was we waited a few weeks longer to turn on the ac. We opened the windows and used fans to keep comfortable.
Now that its around 100 everyday I'm very happy to have the ac. Though I miss the open windows but not the flies that came in them.LOL
Sandy in MI (Login SandyinMI) The Frugalista Files
June 16 2011, 11:57 AM
Our lawnmower died and we bought a new one a couple months back. Right after that our neighbor put one in his trash that had a bad wheel. Dh took it to my dad, who fixed it. At that point dh had used the new one once and couldn't return it. When we discovered we were going to move for sure we asked my dad if he wanted the one he fixed since we don't really need two mowers. He offered to buy our new one since his pushmower is very heavy and hard to maneuver and he wanted a new one. So we'll use the older one until it croaks and got the money back for the new one. We're hoping to not have to use savings during the transition from here to our new house, so that helps.
I was in best buy to purchase a Boise system to amplify the music on my iPhone. Their list price was $299, sale price $269. I used an iPhone app called "Red Laser" that reads the products UPC code and searches the web for the same item. It found it for $217.
I showed the screen with the lower price to the cashier and she lowered the price to match what I fould.
My old ( not that old) one died beyond repair - probably something to do with dropping it on the bathroom floor a while back!
Went to local supermarket and found their cheapest brand name camera at £44.99 ( this is about half the price I paid last time for much higher spec - not that I need it)
Got to checkout and there was another £5 knocked off the price.
When I opened the box at home there was a note inside "Dear customer" saying that they had substituted a superior camera for the one I thought I was buying. I don't know how much the "superior" camera would have been, but I felt I had done ok.
I would have been quite happy not to have broken my old camera though!
Sandy in MI (Login SandyinMI) The Frugalista Files
savings vs. unnecessary spending
June 17 2011, 9:12 AM
I replaced much of the volume I decluttered yesterday with items from garage sales today. I bought 4 Pottery Barn white tab-top long curtain panels for $8. Plus two beautiful curtain rods for $7. And 20 glass spice jars with plastic shakers and tops in a plexiglas holder that either stands or hangs for $2. I've been looking for glass jars for awhile, but they were always marked too high. Oh, and a huge painting for $5 that matches our decor.
I already have 4 of the same curtain panels by a different maker, and there aren't any curtains in the new house so these will all be used. So I consider the curtains and rods a good savings over buying new.
However, I didn't really NEED the spice jars or the painting so those were unnecessary spending. They'll be used and enjoyed, but there's no savings there. However, I will be able to sell my Tupperware spice containers on ebay for 10 times the amount I spent on the glass ones. Hmmm, savings maybe on that one?
Because I work two full days on the annual sale--setting up, taking down and camel-trading and cashiering--I always know what we have for sale. Anyone who works gets first dibs. I spent $115--the most I've ever spent--but this is what I got for the cabin. (BTW, I think I'm done).
(1) 8x11 carpet that used to be in a law office in TammyL's town in Tennessee (lawyer is now here and an AAUW member).
(2) "Too cool for words" double hanging porch swing with green and white Sunbrella cushion. We could have sold this a dozen times today, but the SOLD sign on it was mine!
(3) Pendleton Beaver State Native American motif throw pillow.
(4) Queen size wood mission-style headboard.
(5) New, in box, folding stadium cusion with seat back.
(6) Gorgeous ivory crocheted lace tablecloth; flower motif in center surrounded by lots of "fishnetting" with a pineapple border; the flower motif was made with the same pineapple design. I brought this home a couple of days ago to try to get the stains out (and succeeded, with chlorine bleach) and fell in love with it.
(7) In addition, I got FREE a brown microfiber quilted bedskirt.
Edited to add: I also got DH a book--"Bride of the Rat God." He loves the cover and teasers, LOL.
This message has been edited by MaxineS on Jun 18, 2011 5:07 PM
A few years back I bought this way expensive dress for my nephew's wedding. This dress fits in here in Italy, but was over the top (in design) for a USA wedding. It looked good on me but I was not comfortable wearing something I thought was not me. It has been sitting in my closet since then and I knew it would continue to sit there. A USA gal was in town and mentioned she was looking for a dress to wear to her son's wedding and I offered it for her to borrow. She counter offered to buy it. She paid me $150. It cost way more but it is not just sitting in the closet anymore and I have cash in hand.
Penny in Florida (Login Bugpugmom) The Frugalista Files
June 21 2011, 12:26 PM
Two placess where hubby does work on the ice machines and walk-in coolers have offered him free dinner for 2 in the past month. One was a Chinese buffet and one was a gourmet pizza place.
Last summer was pretty hectic with both girls pregnant, then having c-sections, so I didn't do anything remotely resembling gardening. This year I was all set to buy flowerpots and plant some stuff, then I looked thru the shed and realized I had tons of pots I could clean up and re-use. I did have to buy some potting soil but I asked hubby to pick it up and he bought the LARGE bag, which was cheaper per pound.
Our friend who owns the local scuba shop bought pool chemicals for us to use this summer since she'll be using the pool for classes again. Last year she had no students, due to the gulf oil spill she almost lost her business. But she's back on track now.
I got swimsuits for the babies over the winter, 50 cents each. Plus some life-vest-like things to help them stay afloat in the water, regularly $10 each, I got 2 of them at the end of last season for $1 each. My girls can fit back into their swimsuits this summer, I'm wearing the same one for the 3rd year in a row, and hubby bought a new one last year that he can re-use so no cost there.