Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger

Brother 1034D 3 or 4 thread serger.  This is a very reliable serger that you can use as your main serger or a second one for covered hems only.  Brother is one of the best names in sewing equipment.  It uses standard sewing machine needles and can sew up to 1300 spm.  It can also do ribbon lock and rolled hem stitches.  The two-year square trade protection plan is less than $20 and would add to the manufacturer warranty.  Definitely recommended.

If you need to replace (or add) a room air conditioner, consider a portable unit. It takes just minutes to put into a window area, without any of the big issues that come with window units. It is easy to install and un-install, it does not cause issues with the window structure, it is not unsightly from the street, and it works so so much better! The costs have really come down to where it is very close to a regular window unit. They are available at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Best Buy,, Wal*Mart, … The Idylis 10K one is recommended, for sure.  Since it is not exposed to the winter, it will have an extended life! Now that’s frugal!

Consider a second small refrigerator – maybe 14 to 16 cubic feet.  It will help you keep your groceries organized, purchase certain products when they are on sale, and it will be so fabulous around the holidays.  It will pay for itself very quickly, and be so convenient.  The Whirlpool 14 cu. ft. from Lowe’s is highly recommended.  Free deliver, installation, and haul away!  Now that’s frugal!

If you are looking for big and tall clothes, casual clothes for men or women, check this out:


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If the summer heat is getting to you, try a nice oscillating fan on a stand to cool you down. It works surprisingly well:

If you are thinking about remodeling a ceiling or you need to cover up issues on your ceiling, this is your lucky day.  Check out Antique Ceilings’ store on Amazon.  They have page after page of options for PVC 24 inch by 24 inch ceiling tiles that look exactly like really fancy and expensive tin tiles.  They are very easy to work with.  You will receive the best results if you put instant grab glue near the edges and then use a staple gun to secure the tiles.  The results will look professional, and the cost is around $6 per tile!  Now that’s frugal!


If you suffer from mild TMJ, ask your dentist about OTC mouthguards.  Wal*Mart has some reasonably priced ones that are effective.  Now that’s frugal!

Red Robin’s email/text club: FREE burger during birthday month!  Now that’s frugal!

Check into your local half price site (probably through one of the TV stations or newspapers) for regular half price mostly restaurant deals.  Now that’s frugal!

Get your oil changed at one of your local shops.  As you develop a relationship with them, it will help if you need business sponsors for anything.  If a car repair issue comes up, they may just do it for you or guide you toward a cheaper solution.  Now that’s frugal!

If you are looking to remodel, do your research.  Go to Lowe’s and Home Depot.  Walk around.  Watch their videos.  Read the handouts.  Look at the displays.  Talk to the experts there.  See what is out there.  Watch youtube videos.  Go on forums.  You will find better and cheaper ways of doing things  You will find out about things you never knew existed.  You will find you can do more of these things than you realize.  Pick up your items and go for it; so many types of paints, trims, kits to work with cabinets…Make sure you get on the mailing lists for the big box stores to get very nice money saving coupons!  Call plumbers and electricians to do only what you cannot; do the rest yourself to save big!  Make sure you choose someone that will install the products you pick up in advance so you get exactly what you want and save more!  Make sure to check out the Habitat for Humanity Restore and thrift stores.  You will find items at pennies on the dollar!  Now that’s frugal!

Rack Room Shoes has majorly discounted prices on shoes, fantastic specials, rewards for certain money spent, and a text club.  Now that’s frugal!

If there are any outlet malls near you, check them out.  The deals are normally unbelievable compared with shopping mall prices.  You should expect half or less, plus the selection is greater since it is just that brand.  Banana Republic, Nike, Oneida, PayLess and Coach are very good examples.  Now that’s frugal!

If you live near a place like Branson or Las Vegas or a casino, consider going to a concert of a group from your youth.  Most of them are still rocking (as long as the relevant members have not passed away) and their music sounds like you remembered.  The tickets are less than the “popular” groups of today, and the memories are priceless.  You can always find a deal out there.  Now that’s frugal!

Consider using Orbitz when you book your travel.  Their site is very user friendly.  Their prices are about the same as the competitors, but you can normally get it cheaper.  You can almost always find a promo code online PLUS you will earn Orbucks that will come directly off the top!  Now that’s frugal!