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3:51 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

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You will love this video that I found tonight!

It is one of the very first shopping trips that Mr. Cameraman filmed. We had so much fun going to the store and doing this trip.  He found his love for filming because of our shopping and couponing.   $370 worth of groceries for under $1 — what fun days!!

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It Pays to Ask for Discounts

9:38 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

How to Ask for Discounts

Most of us have heard that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. This same statement applies to saving money, too. Shoppers can acquire unannounced or unadvertised discounts simply by asking.

The following types of retailers offer discounts at checkout: restaurants, clothing stores, craft stores, automotive stores, department stores, entertainment stores, and home improvement stores. And sometimes even a smile and a question about discounts or deals could net you 10 percent off your purchase.

Yes, you read that correctly. Store cashiers are often authorized to give up to a 10 percent reduction simply when requested by a customer.

Some retailers have also set aside special discount days, some of which are unadvertised or unscheduled. Here are some examples of the discounts that can easily be found and qualified for: AARP, AAA, military, first responders, teachers, students, contractors and seniors. Because some people might get offended (for instance, with a senior discount), not every cashier will mention the discounts. So don’t be afraid to ask about a discount.

When asking for your discount, keep these questions in mind:

• Does your store have any discounts or coupon codes?

• Do you have any coupons available that I might not know about?

• Is there a way I can qualify for a 10 percent discount?

If you ask for extra savings, you might be surprised by how many you receive.

By Jen Freeman
Published in New Mexico Marketplace Nov 2017 edition
Albuquerque’s Best Shopping Source to Find What you Need   

 

 

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What’s best to buy in December?

1:05 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in December?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items to get the very best deals or what’s on clearance each month? I have compiled a list of “when is it best to buy” certain items. This list is compiled from years of making the most of my money by purchasing strategically. And one of my big strategies is buy when the best price presents itself. My What’s Best To Buy This Month series will give you the guideline.

During the year, when I make note of things we need to consider replacing in the house I will wait for the seasonal sale. While I am waiting, it gives me an opportunity to stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.

 

What’s Best To Buy In December:

Holiday Dinner sales, look for: eggnog, deli platters, instant potatoes, gravy mixes, Rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jello, and marshmallows.

Baking sales, look for: flour, sugar, butter, cream, cake mix, brownie mix, muffin mix, breads, pie crust, marshmallow, whipped cream, canned foods – soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, and spaghetti sauce.

Clearance: Buy all your Thanksgiving Decorations, extra table settings and turkey carving products now once they’re at least 50% off. After-Christmas sales are the time to stock up on Christmas decorations, wrap, and gift tags, toys, electronics, and new model cars.

Seasonal Produce: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, mushrooms, oranges, papayas, parsnips, pears, pomegranates, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, tangelos, tangerines, turnips

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Make gift bows from magazines! How to Video shows you an easy way to recycle magazines or comics.  I get free magazine subscription and like to come up with ways to utilize the magazines for multiple purposes.

Here are 3 Tips for Recycling Magazines:

  • First share with your friends.  Then them give back to you.
  • Take to the Dr. Office and leave in the magazine in the waiting room.
  • Drop off at the hospital and they will distribute them to various patient rooms.
  •  and of course Make Bows!!

How to make bows from magazines ~

1. Gather stapler, glue (or double stick tape), scissors and a magazine page.
2. Cut a magazine page lengthwise into 9 strips, 3/4″ wide.
3. Leave 3 strips page length.
4. Cut 1″ off 3 strips.
5. Cut 2″ off 2 strips.
6. Cut final strip down to 3.5″
6. Use the cut piece to form the center of the bow, form it into a circle.
7. Twist each strip, looped into a figure 8, staple or glue to hold.
8. Stack layers of figure 8 strips to form the bow, gluing/taping or stapling each layer.
9.  Finish bow center with the round circle.

And there you have it!  How to make gift bows from magazines video!   Other things to use to make bows with are maps, ads from the junk mail or comics.

 

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Christmas mess

Donate and Get Organized ~ After Christmas Clean-up

 

Try these year-end tips to cut clutter and start the New Year off organized.

Tip 1 – Santa’s Rule: Get One, Toss Two~ For each new gift received, give two old ones to charity.  Donate it’s the perfect way to cut clutter.   Not only will this help cut clutter, but it’ll also be giving to those less fortunate.

Tip 2 -Take the Holiday Mailbox Challenge ~ After the holidays, there seems to be a plethora of empty cardboard boxes that came in the mail containing gifts.  Instead of just tossing them, challenge yourself to fill them all up with unwanted items from around the house, clothes, kitchenware, tools, etc. and donate to charity before the end of the year.

Tip 3 – Sort holiday decorations ~ before you stow them away in storage.   This will make them easier to pack up, and that much easier next year to take out and use.

Tip 4 -Send White Elephant Gifts on their way ~  Don’t let those “Oh you shouldn’t have… no really you shouldn’t have” gifts take up space and add to the clutter in your home.  Place them in a closet for re-gifting next year, donate them, or sell them, but there’s really no need for them to be creating clutter in your home.

The bottom line is:  Set aside items you are no longer in need of or want-of and donate to charity, now.  It helps you and others!   There is NO Excess In Charity!!

 

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