Thursday, February 5, 2009

Spin Cycle: Planting a Garden is Not the Only Way to Have Plenty of Lettuce...

See below for my few pitiful tips for economizing in this miserable economy. I'm really looking forward to reading the posts of my fellow Spinners this week since I could use some help with this. I don't spend a lot of money on stuff as a rule, because in my heart of hearts I'm pretty cheap. But I'm a sucker for an inexpensive impulse buy and for sales, because if its cool and it's cheap I waaaaaaaant it. So. Yeah. Perhaps I'm not the best person to post on this topic, but I, like the rest of the planet, definitely need to conserve my resources. This is the way I do it:

I plan what we're going to eat for a whole week at once and base it around what's on sale at Publix. And sometimes even remember to use a coupon.

I buy cereal at Wal-Mart.

I buy bottled water, paper towels, and diapers at BJs. Sometimes other things too, but the savings on those three items alone have more than paid for my membership. Which was also a deal since I got it through work and actually got my parents onto my account for an extra 15 bucks for 18 months, which REALLY made the whole thing dang cheap. Oh yeah, and Elizabeth's favorite Subway is in the store so naturally we are regulars, so we are known, which nets us more than the occasional freebie. Really, going there is a win-win-win, anyway you look at it.

I haunt the clearance racks at Macy's which allows me to dress the girls nicely for cheaper than you might believe.

I am also a mad fiend when it comes to clearance in the Target toy department. I never cheap out on a gift for a friend's kid, it's always full price, but our house if full of cool toys that cost $1.98 or $2.48. My darlings have no clue what the orange stickers mean and probably wouldn't care if they did.

We go to the library every Wednesday night. Nothing is cheaper than free.


If I have spare change I don't want to spend, I leave it on the coffee table, where it is promptly confiscated by Elizabeth for her piggy bank.

That's it though. I don't go around turning off lights or always buy my gas at the cheapest place. I don't buy meat in bulk or split large purchase with friends. But I'm looking for ideas that I will actually do. I really can't wait to read everyone else's spin!


Sprite's Keeper said...

Ack! I found the coolest reading tent for Sprite's room on the clearance rack at Target! I was actually thinking of getting it for her for the holidays but thought it was too expensive. I saw it for 75% off and picked it up for 7 bucks this week!
I need you to come with me to the clearance rack at Macy's. I actually like some of the Baby Phat clothes, but even on clearance, paying twenty bucks for a shirt?
You're linked!

Rachel said...

hee hee. I think I know exactly what tent that is, and if I do, I also picked it up. Yes, that was a steal. I high five us!

Camille said...

That's great! My Costco membership came free with my husband's job, so I take advantage of it, but sometimes I can get sucked into buying beautiful things I would have never known existed otherwise.

Shangrila said...

Love this spin! I always plan to plan (if that makes sense) but too often fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to making meals-must work on this. Thanks for reminding me to frequent our library more...frequently. We used to go weekly, but haven't in months and I don't know why because the library rocks!