If you’ve ever wondered how I manage to get so many freebies, I’m here to let you in on my secrets. These are the rewards programs and strategies that I use to get free Christmas presents, food, toiletries, office supplies and more from big-name stores and restaurants. [Read more…]
Curb shopping is definitely something that I’m thankful for. It saves us money, and has provided us with countless hours of entertainment.
While we were on our way to pick up our oldest daughter from school yesterday, we passed a curb pile with several potted mums. I asked my husband to turn around, so I could see if they were annual or perennial mums. After reading the tags, I discovered that four out of the five were perennials. Score! I’d been meaning to pick some mums up on clearance this year, but just hadn’t gotten around to it. Looks like being busy saved me some money. I plan to plant these in the backyard. There are two yellows and two purples. [Read more…]
Goodwill Outlet stores are spreading fast. There are now at least 145 locations across the U.S. and Canada. Is there one near you that you don’t know about? Use our directory to find out.
Head’s up: Michael’s has $2 grab bags again! Pictures of today’s haul are over on my Facebook page.
I popped in Michaels yesterday afternoon to pick up something I needed for a project, and my daughter spotted a bin of $2 grab bags by the door.
I had heard people talk about these online, but I’d never gotten in on the action. I just always seemed to be too busy for a trip to the store, when I heard the bags were out. Looks like luck was finally on my side.
If you haven’t heard about this bit of bargain-shopping fun yet, here’s the deal: Michaels takes all of their unsold holiday merchandise and clearance items, dumps them in shopping bags, and sells the bags for $2 each. You can’t open the bags in store, but you can see enough through the plastic (and peeking through the top of the bag), to get an idea of what you’re getting.
We poked around in the bin a bit, and picked out 10 bags to buy. So what did we get for our $20? Let me show you … [Read more…]
While we were out yard saling Friday, my husband mentioned that he’d like to stop by the scrap metal place to see if they still had a riding lawn mower engine they’d had the last time he was over there. The engine recently locked up on one of our riding mowers, and they had the same engine.
Now, that might not sound like an exciting outing to you, but I was all in. This particular scrap place started pulling out the good stuff that people bring in, and reselling it, instead of recycling it. And I love that. So much good stuff gets scrapped because people are desperate for cash, or simply can’t see the potential of an item. I like that they’re giving some of that stuff a second chance.
And we’ve gotten some pretty cool stuff over there. My husband rarely comes home from taking a load of scrap without having bought something. It’s an absolute treasure trove, and everything is priced by the pound, so there are plenty of deals to be had.
This week was no exception. They still had the motor that my husband needed for our riding mower. They stuck it on the scale, and announced that it was $45. It spins freely, so if it fixes our mower, that’ll be a real bargain.
But that wasn’t out biggest bargain from the trip. Nope. Not even close. [Read more…]