Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday Faves

Today, we have some great deals from Home Depot! If you own your own home, this place is practically indispensable. It's even a handy place if you're a renter - we all like to make small changes in our living spaces. The savings at their online store includes:

Ceiling Fans under $100
Free shipping on power tools

Home Depot Online

They're also having a sale on Pergo laminate flooring, and free shipping is included on that as well:

Pergo laminate flooring

They're selling out quickly, and there's no info on when the deal is done (maybe when they're all sold out).

If you order before 7/28, you can use an additional coupon for $10 off $100 purchase using this code: SAVINGS94, though there is no info on whether the Pergo is eligible for the additional coupon.

My picks from this week's Amazon Friday Sale:

Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 34-Ounce Tins (Pack of 2)

75% Off Market Patio Umbrella

If you're in the market for new cookware, now is the time to strike:

There are lots of shoes on sale for 50% off or better, and some additional savings can be picked up on this page.

Enjoy your savings!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Saving Money - Food Shopping (Part 4)

Plan your route.

Not only will you save gas by planning the most efficient shopping route, you'll get the shopping done faster. What's not to love? Consider carpooling grocery trips with neighbors for added savings. You can use Google Maps to chart your best route.

Consider online options.

Don't forget about Amazon's Grocery Section, and that their Super Saver Shipping offers free delivery on orders of $25 or more. This is especially helpful for those of us with restricted diets - I just bought a case of gluten-free pasta at a better price-per- package than I can find at any local store, and the shipping was free! Other websites may offer similar shipping deals.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Saving Money - Food Shopping (Part 3)

Buy in bulk.

Buying in bulk whenever possible will help reduce your overall grocery bill. Yes, it's a bigger initial cash outlay to buy in bulk, but it is absolutely worth it. Whether it's meat or rice, the overall savings will amaze you. Not only will your price-per-pound be better, you reduce the number of trips you make to the store, saving on gas as well. To help to ease the pain of the initial outlay, choose a different bulk item to purchase every trip, don't try to buy them all at once!

Be careful of over dependence on big-box club stores like Sam's Club, Price Club, Costco or BJ's for your bulk items - they aren't always the best deal! Take the list you created from your sales papers, and compare the price-per-pound.

Shop during "off" times.

You'll find the shelves better stocked and the atmosphere less harried if you shop during non-peak shopping times. Weekends are the biggest peak time, for obvious reasons, so try to go during the week. Middle of the week, middle of the afternoon is ideal, if you can manage it. If you must go on the weekend, try very early morning, or after 7pm.

The advantage to shopping during the off-hours in terms of saving money is this: If you are less harried, you can pay better attention to your shopping. Believe it or not, this is really important! When you are paying attention, you can sometimes compare unadvertised prices to what you found in the sales papers. Sometimes store brands are cheaper than what is advertised in the sales papers, and there is rarely a difference in quality. It does happen occasionally, but you'll quickly learn which products have that issue.

Also, look out for better per-unit prices on different sizes than what was advertised. The breakdown on store tags can be useful, but beware! They aren't always correct. Bring a calculator and do the math yourself for best results.

Attention to the little details can save you more than you think.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday Faves


A great stainless steel cookware set, for only $40!
Gibson Verrone 7 Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

A sweet summer dress marked down over 70%, and in three colors:
Bailey Blue Junior's V-Neck Empire Lace Dress

Other Deals:

Perry Ellis Summer Sale - 70% off, plus an extra 20% coupon! Use code PED20SUM for the extra savings. Also, if you order $75 or more, shipping is free. Check it out, their clothing is super-comfortable, and usually too expensive for the penny-pinchers among us.

Enjoy your Friday shopping!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Saving Money - Food Shopping (Part 2)

Plan your meals.

Pull out your cookbooks (for fun, you can see some of my favorites here), or your internet browsing fingers, and create meal plans around what's on sale, what's local, and what is in season. My personal favorite recipe site is Recipe Source, but I've had good luck with Epicurious and Food Network as well. Be sure to plan for snacks, too.

Make a list.

You know how for real estate, they always say that the important thing is "location, location, location"? Well, for food shopping, it's "list, list, list"! Seriously.

After looking through your local sales papers, create a list of the groceries you plan to buy from each store. Include the sale prices (and any limitations), so that you can comparison shop at the other stores. Don't forget to put items you need, but don't find on sale on the list.

Impulse items can add as much as 50% to your total food bill. So, when you're at the store, DON'T DEVIATE FROM THE LIST. The list is your friend. Don't buy stuff that isn't on it. So: no toys, no snacks, no makeup, no magazines. NOTHING, unless it made it to the list. To help stick to your list, make sure that you and anyone you take with you shopping has recently eaten.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Saving Money - Food Shopping (Part 1)

Shoppers Scrimp as Food Prices Rise

Does this recent news item seem all too familiar to you? If you're like most of America, it does. So how do you survive the crazed gas and grocery prices and still eat well? I've got some tips for you below.

Read your local sales papers.

Chances are, you receive a weekly deposit of grocery and drugstore sales papers, either in your mailbox or in your Sunday paper. If you don't, a Sunday paper is a good investment in order to get them. The Sunday paper is also a good place to look for jobs, cars and furniture bargains, as well as being one of the best places to find coupons.

If neither of these options work for you, try looking for the sales circulars online. Most large chains now post their weekly circulars on their websites.

Find your local fresh-food markets.

Farmer's markets and other fresh veggie options are a terrific way to save money. Buying the food fresh, local and in season helps you create healthier meals, and is often cheaper than even the best megamart sales. Both the USDA and Local Harvest offer lists of farmer's markets by state, and Sustainable Table tells you what's in season in your area.

Stay Tuned for Part 2!