Hewlett Packard Home Store

HP.com (Hewlett-Packard Home Store)

 

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If you love home-made breads, do a little research in your town.  Some grocery stores, cake shops, health food stores, and of course bakeries, have great selections of bread.  The prices and quality will pleasantly surprise you.  Your tummy will be glad you did.

If you have not been to Ruby Tuesdays lately, consider going.  The prices are in line with steakhouses, but their steaks are much better.  Check it out!

If you love shish kabobs, but do not like the hassle of trying to keep everything on the skewers, here is a great idea.  Buy kabob baskets, which will keep everything on and makes flipping so easy.  You will find that you are eating your favorite more often; perhaps even staying home instead of going out to eat.  Now that’s frugal!

Check out your local thrift stores for great clothes.  Some will even still have the original tags on them!  Also, look for specials on certain days for added savings.  You will have to pick through the selection, but you will find all types of clothes – even dress clothes – in near new shape at unbeatable prices.  Now that’s frugal!

For all the pet lovers that hate putting flea and tick medicine on their dogs, who normally have to interest in feeling the liquid go into their fur on their backs, there is great news.  From the makers of Frontline, comes a pill: NexGard.  All they have to do is chew and swallow the great tasting (to a dog) pill.  It could not be easier.At less than $20 each, it is even reasonably priced!

The easy way to stop, coat and seal leaks fast: Flex Seal.  It really does work well.  Pick up a can to have on hand.  It now comes in a total of 12 colors!

If you have an animal cage outside, look into getting your pine or cedar shavings from a farm and home store.  You can probably pick up a bag that is twice as big for half the price.  Now that’s frugal!

If you are looking for discontinued Mary Kay items, consider using eBay.  You will be able to compare prices pretty easily.  Read the seller feedback before buying.  There are plenty of buy now options – normally at prices that are even less than the original.  Now that’s frugal!

As the weather gets colder (and drier), make sure to have plenty of hand lotion for your hands and feet.  It may save some unwanted medical issues in the future.

If your state DMV has an online option, you should consider taking advantage of it.  Of course, you still have to have your car inspected and have your property taxes current, where applicable.  What you do not have to worry about is waiting in line, or driving to their office.  When you go through the online process, you know what you need, you fill in the information, and you get a temporary registration until yours comes in the mail in a few days.  Saves time and gas and time.  Now that’s frugal!

Look into Delta SkyMiles.  You can earn miles everytime you fly.  They fly almost everywhere.  WIth their home office in such an enormous airport (Atlanta) you have many advantages.  The best way to take advantage of this is to pair it with a Delta SkyMiles credit card from American Express.  Upon approval, you get a bonus of 30,000 miles and a $50 statement credit.  As long as you book with the card, your first bag flies free.  This saves you $25 on each flight!  You also get priority boarding, in flight discounts and you earn Delta miles for each dollar you spend.  Now that’s frugal!

In addition to GoodRx, there are other discount prescription avenues.  Compare, compare, compare!  Some local pharmacies have grants where you can save hundreds of dollars by using their pharmacy combined with county clinics who mostly operate through grants.  It is very much worth investigating in your local area.  Saving hundreds of dollars – now that’s frugal!

Save Money on Books

Now is the time to save money on books, textbooks, music, movies …

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

Do some research to make sure you get the best deals on used books and textbooks.  Sometimes, you will even receive a coupon that will save you $20,$25 if you spend $150!

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Need a little extra money?  Try umping in a local league.  It is fun, keeps you involved in sports, keeps you in shape, and you get paid for it!

Looking for an inexpensive dinner?  Try Sonic’s 5 burgers for $5.95 on Tuesday nights from 5 p.m. to close.

For those small engine repairs, consult Google and Youtube and see if you can take care of it yourself and save a bundle! However, make sure to know your limitations.

If your car a/c is not getting cold enough, consider getting a freon recharge.  Make sure to let your fingers do the walking since some places will charge 3 times as much as you should pay.  See if you can get it for around $30.

The latest fashion fad?  Bow ties!  Even the fancy-looking ones are very inexpensive, especially compared to ties ($15).  Try them and watch and listen to people’s nice comments.

For high quality make-up, a great training and personal service, consider Mary Kay.  Their products have always been top notch, you will get your very own beauty consultant for any questions about use and application and always have access to the newest products. And, if you are looking for a business opportunity, check into it for extra spending money or a career – if that is what interests you.

If you have dogs that spend time in their cage on occasion, try some shavings.  Alternate between pine (absorbs moisture better) and cedar (smells better).

Make sure you have enough keys for the house for the summer.  Your family members may be floating in and out more than during the school year and the house may need to be locked more often.  The local discount card may just have a buy one get one free coupon on it for the hardware store.

Great Deals on Office Supplies

Looking for great deals on office supplies? Do you also want to help charities at the same time? Zuma donates 50% of their profits to charity. Check them out:

Do Good Work With Zuma Office Supply

Being in the middle of winter (for the cold areas of the country), a de-icer may be just what you need. Varieties include spray only as well as ones with scrapers built in:

 

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If you child is looking at colleges, make sure to visit the finalists.  Get a feel for the campus, the students, the local hangouts.  When he/she finds the “one” they will know and so will you.

Consider local county clinics for medical service and pharmacy savings.

If your local Sunday newspaper does not have $100-$250 in coupons each week, consider finding a store (Walgreen’s normally does this) that orders a larger city paper for Sundays.  It will be worth your effort!

Do you enjoy your local Christian music station?  Most of them are completely listener supported.  Consider partnering with them to help spread the Word.

Be careful who gets your bank and credit card information.  Some things are much better if paid with a money order.

Consider having your oil changed locally.  This is a good way to build relationships around your community (especially if you need a cause supported later).  Take all of your cars there – they will know if you are not, certainly so in small towns.

If you are not comfortable with changing your own headlights, places like Wal*Mart will do it for just a few dollars.  You can even shop while you wait!
Headlights

These days, most places that sell wiper blades will install them for you – just ask – even if you are a guy – just ask.  Places like O’Reilly’s, Auto Zone, Pep Boys.

Check and see if your cars have any recalls.  Call the dealer to find out details on repairs.  If your car had to be towed in because of the defect, the manufacturer will normally reimburse you.
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If you have a child that has low blood sugar, consult a doctor about glucose tabs, especially if the child is an athlete.  Athletes use so much energy while performing at high levels that the energy levels just seem to bottom out much quicker than with ordinary activities.  Regular use results could surprise you!

If your athlete child has a chance of playing at the collegiate level, get them involved with club sports (soccer), AAU (basketball), traveling teams (softball, volleyball).  If they get past the college try-out, the investment will pay off for sure in scholarship money.

Looking for cheap entertainment?  There are a lot of January high school basketball tournaments.  Some are held at college venues, so it would be a cheap way to check these out for the future.