Also, an argument that, depending on one’s perspective, may seem totally sensible or radically Grinch-ish: No buying of presents whatsoever.
Also, this week’s roundup includes tips to save on baby products, weddings, e-books, groceries, and everyday household expenses, along with Jedi mind tricks played by retailers (store clerk to you: “These are the shoes you’re looking for”), and signs indicating that frugality has turned to the dark side, transforming honorable thrift …
This week’s links cover topics ranging from school fundraisers that aren’t worth your time (and don’t raise much money), to resources for finding the best Black Friday deals, to effective, low-effort, low-cost ways to clean the bathroom.
From the 1950s to the 2000s, the amount of money a family spent on food roughly increased by a factor of five, from $1,130 to $5,347 annually. During this same time frame, average family income has increased more than tenfold, from $4,237 to $50,302.
Steve and Annette Economides have five kids and a monthly food bill that totals a mere $350. How do they do it? Among other things, through lots and lots of planning, strategic buying in bulk, utilization of their freezer, pantry, and Ziploc bags, and the occasional purchase of something called a chub.
Today’s list starts with three symptoms that indicate you probably have BSD—Bargain Shopping Disease, which you really don’t want to have.
Also, reasons why you’re unable to save, reasons why you should spend, mistakes that everybody should make at least once, and why you’re a sucker if you “lather, rinse, and repeat.”
The September 2010 issue has a feature detailing 50 or so tips for saving on groceries, rounded up with the help of bargain-shopping experts and coupon aficionados.
Here’s a round-up of everything from how to cook with dried beans to how to ask for a raise, from how to negotiate for a cheaper cell-phone bill to how to figure out how much house you can really afford.
It’s not just about avoidance techniques. Also covered: What’s the most economical sandwich to make at home? If you’re thinking PB&J, you’re wrong.
The Great Recession has made consumers reconsider purchases that were once made without much thought. Perhaps, the new thinking goes, you don’t need a new wardrobe every season or a new refrigerator every two years. Perhaps you should only make these sorts of purchases when they are truly necessary. But, speaking of necessities, don’t …
The store’s nickname may be “Gross Out,” but fans swear by the chain for its great values and decent selection of fresh produce, meats, and dairy products. Like other discount supermarkets, the tradeoff at Grocery Outlet is cheaper prices but less selection—”like a blend of a dollar store and Trader Joe’s,” in one observer’s opinion.