Frigidaire Dehumidifier

This is the 30 pint version of the Frigidaire Dehumidifier. There are 50 and 70 pint version also available. But you can save your money by buying the smaller one and hooking up a short garden hose to the back and running it into a drain. That way, the size of the bucket is not important. It is very durable and should last at least 3 years of continuous use – much longer if you use it only here and there. You also will not need to dump it and will not have to worry about it if you are out of town for a few days! Now that’s frugal!

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This Minwax gel stain is great for all vertical surfaces, for metal, wood, fiberglass. One coat is normally enough. It brings life back to whatever you use it on. It dries slowly, but the results are great!


Check out the new Pyrex Snapware.  It is great for freezing, goes in the oven and microwave, and it is Pyrex.  Great for leftovers too! (Make sure to hand wash the lids)  Now that’s frugal!

Check out Sally’s Beauty Supply for high-quality hair products at a fraction of the cost of salons.  If you dye your hair, you can save so much money by doing it yourself with their dye.  More than likely, it is the same product your stylist is using.  Now that’s frugal!

Check out your local “beauty schools’ for inexpensive haircuts.  The students cut/color your hair and the teachers supervise.  Paul Mitchell has a nice program like this.  Great way to save money!  Now that’s frugal!

If you have pets and you are going out of town overnight, consider taking them to the vet for boarding.  They can get caught up on all their shots and receive a complimentary exam!  Now that’s frugal!

If you just happen to be looking for some odd hardware – for example, a hanging light bulb socket cord adapter with on/of switch (lamp kit), check out Amazon.  It will save you from driving all over town to find it.  Delivered to your door in 2 days.  No gas required.  At a cheaper price!  Now that’s frugal!

Check out AARP.  With a membership, you get discounts to many restaurants, retail establishments, hotels, and car rental companies.  You get special deals for car, health and life insurance.  If you or your spouse are 50 or older, you can buy a membership for only $16 per year (spouse, regardless of age, receives a free membership).  Now that’s frugal!

If you have a relatively new car that has free service for some amount of time through the dealership, get advance information about their recommendations at different mileages.  Normally, the preventative maintenance if definitely a good idea.  Some of the extra things you should research on that smartphone while you wait to see if a better and easier solution exists.  You will save money in the long run! Now that’s frugal!

Back to School with Target.  They have great deals on high-quality backpacks, reusable water bottles, washcloths, towels, bedding, clothes.  The best part of it all is you get a 5% discount with your REDcard – even on gift cards!  Now that’s frugal!

If you are in the market for new jeans, check out JC Penney’s Arizona brand.  They last very well and they have styles for most body shapes.  Although they are slightly pricey at $35 or so, they do run BOGO sales from time to time.  Now that’s frugal!

If you are having trouble finding Lays’ “Do Us A Flavor” chips, Target has them all!  Try them and vote!

If you are looking for a complete Turkish Tea set, again Amazon is your place.  You can get the two piece kettle set (bottom part is for boiling the water, top part for tea leaves and seeping with hot water), tea glasses and loose tea – all in one place – Amazon Prime shipping!

Remember when a pulsox was only available in hospitals, then only for hundreds of dollars or more?  Well now you can get one on Amazon for less than $20!  Now that’s frugal!

If you have a student in college, make sure to take care of their emotional needs as well.  Being away from home is difficult on them.  Support purchases at their local bookstore and social outings to fit in and to bring school stuff home as gifts.  Definitely make sure that you have those plane tickets (and shuttle tickets to the airport) taken care of timely.  If you have that recommended co-branded mileage credit card (with the bonus points in the beginning), you should have sufficient points for a few round trips if you plan it right.  Normally, a couple of weeks before the recommended 6 weeks prior for cash purchases works best.  You may want to check it out right away just so you can see the mileage prices.  They are NOT parallel with the cash purchases prices at all.  You may be able to squeeze an extra flight or two if you plan properly!  Now that’s frugal!

After one or two semesters, they will know what kind of clothes and accessories will work (other than school t-shirts).  This is the time to take them to the outlet stores for the best values.  The prices are normally less than half of department stores with better selections.  Most outlet malls have coupon books you can sign up for online for you go.  Places like The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy (and Old Navy Online), Payless Shoes, Rack Room Shoes, the Coach Store, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, have great deals and nice coupons.  Don’t forget the old standbys of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross’s and Bed Bath and Beyond.  You will save hundreds!  Now that’s frugal!

Continuing with your college students, check out Amazon for used textbooks as well as rental textbooks.  You will save so much money by doing this – you really will.  You will end up spending 15-25% of what you otherwise would!  Sometimes, the professors are even alright with an older version – which is even cheaper!  Have your student ask around!  Now that’s frugal!

When your college student needs medical attention, have them research the facilities on campus.  Most clinics are either free (actually paid for through fees each semester) or reduced for students, and will even take insurance cards for overages.  Some of the larger schools have pharmacies as well.  Now that’s frugal!