How to Become an Extreme Coupon-er

Diy Maven

Have you heard about TLC's, "Extreme Couponing?" If not, here's a thumbnail: Savvy shoppers use coupons and loyalty cards to save hundreds of dollars on a single trip to the grocery store. Sounds like a great idea at first blush, but becoming an extreme couponer can unbelievably time consuming, and then there's the possibility of crossing the line to becoming an all-out hoarder. (When you reach that point, there's always "Hoarders".) But I digress. If you'd like to become an extreme coupon-er, check out these tips from consumer savings expert, Andrea Woroch. From getting started, to organization, to avoiding 'hoarderland', she has

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5 Great Deals for Fall

Diy Maven

Budget Car Sales Inventory

Are you proud of the fact that you never pay full price for anything? Does getting a great deal make you a little giddy? If you've answered 'yes' to either of these questions, you might want to consider going shopping this fall for some of the

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How to Be Thrifty: Curbliers Speak!

Diy Maven

jacket image for Be Thrifty

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of our Be Thrifty Contest! Your volume of Be Thrifty. How to Live Better with Less from Workman Publishing is on its way. As one of the requirements to enter, we asked Curbly readers to submit their own thrifty tips. We accumulated so many, we decided to highlight the best of the best. Here they are!

From Amy: Buy at stores with generous return policies, that way if you buy on impulse, you know you can...

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How to Be Thrifty: Living the Life of Leisure

Diy Maven

created at: 06/18/2010

Because we've done such good work at being thrifty this week, we're going to treat ourselves today and par-tay! Living the life of leisure might sound like an expensive proposition, but Be Thrifty. How to Live Better for Less tells us how to do just that. From travel, to gift giving, to weddings(!), the book's 'living the life of leisure' chapter covers innumerable leisurely activities. Today we'll thumbnail just a few. Again, all tips are provided by Be Thrifty.

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How to Be Thrifty: Your Cigarettes or Your Retirement Account

Diy Maven

Lucky Strike Cigarette Giclee Print

Yesterday we discussed the cost of going out to lunch. Today we turn to the cost of smoking cigarettes. We all know smoking is expensive, but sometimes seeing the figures in black and white reinforces just how much money goes...dare I say it? I dare....up in smoke.

Again, we refer to the entertaining an elucidating, Be Thrifty. How to Live Better for Less for our facts and figures. 

In 2009, the average price of a pack of cigarettes cost $4.35. Assuming you smoke one pack a day, we'll multiply that by 30 days in the month for a total of $130.50

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How to Be Thrifty: Making a Case for the Brown-Bag Lunch

Diy Maven

created at: 06/16/2010

So far in our Be Thrifty series, we've covered the 'buy it' test as well as the rewards of being a handy householder.  Today we start a discussion about the cost of food. Namely, lunch. 

Be Thrifty. How to Live Better With Less makes a compelling argument for those of us who have not yet made the decision to bring our lunches to work. You might think buying a sandwich and a drink doesn't cost THAT much, and comparing it to a meal out with the family, it doesn't. However, if we break it down, we can see just how much that quick lunch is really costing you.

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Curbly Giveaway: Win One of Three Free Copies of "Be Thrifty!"

Chris Gardner

created at: 03/02/2010

"It all starts with a penny." With that, welcome to a special series of posts all about thriving while cutting back on food, health, finances, entertainment, education, travel, clothing, pets, and special occasions.

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We'll be joined by the folks from Workman Publishing, who've just published "Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less," and who will not only offer special tips from the book to Curbly readers, but are gladly sharing a...

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18 Ways a New (or Old) Homeowner Can Save Money

Diy Maven

created at: 2009-08-11

 

Wether you're new to home ownership or not, there are some things you can do to save bucks. The cost-saving suggestions come to us from The Simple Dollar, and they're so good, I'm going to quote them directly. 

  1. Check the insulation in your attic - and install more if needed.
  2. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius).
  3. Toss a water heater blanket over that...

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The Secret to Etsy Success

Diy Maven

 

Etsy

Need to make some extra cash in these hard economic times? Maybe it's time to turn your hobbies into an income source via Etsy. To make your Etsy experience a successful one, let's turn to the advice of Kellbot who actually used to work for Etsy. 

  1. Take better photos.
  2. Make something people actually want.
  3. Make something other people aren't making.
  4. Build a cohesive line.
  5. Give up on the bad ideas and move to new and better ones.
  6. Take better...

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10 Ways to Save Money by Going Green.

Chris Gardner

It's hip, it's good for the environment, and even corporations like WalMart and Pepsi are getting into it...and, it can save you money. Inhabitots points out ten ways that living more eco-friendly can use less of the earth AND your resources.

1. PLANT A VEGETABLE GARDEN.

2. HOST A BLACKOUT!

3. HOST A TOY EXCHANGE.

4. MAKE YOUR OWN ART SUPPLIES.

5. CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

6. ORGANIZE A MAGAZINE COOP

7....

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Homemade Household Recipes to Keep Money in Your Pocket During a Recession.

Chris Gardner

Clamping down on spending during tough economic times often means letting go of some extras, particularly some pleasant, but technically unnecessary, personal care products. So Gomestic offers this solution: don't buy them at all. Make 'em.

With recipes from DIY facial astringent to playdough and houseplant fertilizer, you can continue to have the things that make your life a little more beautiful.

  • Facial Astringent
  • ...

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