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Ways to save money in tough economic times

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by imjustagirl, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I apologize if this is a d_b, and the mods can kill it if it is, but I figured maybe we could use a thread with specials we find online, or discounts we know of, so people can try to stretch their dollars a little further.

    For the next six days, if you go to www.restaurant.com, you can get a $25 gift certificate to a restaurant near you for $2 if you use the code SURPRISE at checkout. The certificates are good for a year, usually have minimum expenses to be used (usually $35-50) and usually have to have at least a party of two. But I figured it might help some families.

    Anyone else, add any other ideas.
  2. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    This may sound silly, but my local library keeps me going. Books, movies, CD's to burn, resources on financial stuff, finding a new job, going to school (which has helped me in my law school research), etc, etc.
  3. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Stiff the newspaper delivery guy on his Christmas tip?
  4. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Not helping.
  5. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    I could buy my wife Avon cosmetics this Christmas.
  6. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member


    *runs off to e-mail FH*
  7. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Stop it.

    Everyone knows there are no more newspaper delivery guys.
  8. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    I'm canceling my subscription to the newspaper and just reading it online.
  9. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I did that months ago.
  10. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    I just hope that doesn't end up being widespread. :D

    IJAG, thanks for the tip on the gift certificates -- I just bought $250 worth for 20 bucks. Mrs. Mac Daddy is very pleased.

    I'll second the library idea. I recently got a library card for the first time since I was a kid and have read about half of the books on my Amazon wish list. For free.
  11. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Skip the latte and drink your work's brew. That's what $25 per week? $1200 per year. Adds up.
  12. jackfinarelli

    jackfinarelli Member

    We were able to go from two cars to one car. That saved us $50 a year in license fees and about $220 a year in personal property tax in Virginia and $425 in insurance. Total cost avoidance there $695.

    We also do not need to do routine maintenance on that second car - - oil changes, lubes etc. That saves about $100 per year.

    By combining trips, we took gas consumption down from 35 gals every two weeks to 15 gals every two weeks. Even at the current "low price" of $2.25 a gallon, that is a savings of $45 every two weeks or $1170 per year.

    Add all that up and it's about $2K per year - - and when gas is $4.00 a gallon it's a lot more than that...
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