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Contest: Best Summertime Frugal Saving Tip

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Best Summertime Frugal Saving Tip
We haven’t done a contest on Bargaineering in a while and so I thought why not kick off summer, a few days late, with a contest? We’re giving away a $50 gift card to, one of my favorite online retailers (free Zappos vip!), to one lucky reader who leaves a comment sharing their favorite way to save money. It doesn’t have to be summer-centric, it just needs to be your best tip. 🙂

The contest will run from today, July 9th, until midnight Friday, July 13th. Here are the official rules. And please be sure to include your email address so we can contact you! 🙂

Good luck!

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75 Responses to “Contest: Best Summertime Frugal Saving Tip”

  1. Ann says:

    If you’re going to clip coupons, keep them organized in an accordion file folder. make sure it doesn’t take up more than 15-20 minutes per week and plan out your shopping trips to use the coupons in conjunction with a sale. Stock up on any non-perishables during those trips. This is how on safe on the daily essentials.

  2. AY says:

    Cook more often at home!

  3. Allison says:

    Grow your own vegetables and produce.

  4. Stacey says:

    Shop for clothing at thrift stores and consignment shops 🙂

  5. Kristina says:

    Take advantage of free parks and pools in your community, along with programs through the parks and rec department in your city. You can find tons to do to keep your family and kids occupied and spend very little.

  6. roger says:

    Due to the fact that you have plastic tubes for many many things including very expensive make up as well as tooth paste. When no more will come out of the nozzle cut open the tube with scissors and you will dumb found yourself with the volume remaining inside these tubes

  7. Julie says:

    Share a nanny with another family.

    Quality summer child care for school age children can be quite expensive. The cost for a nanny for one child isn’t always financially practical when compared to a family with 2 or 3 siblings. We are sharing the cost of the nanny with another family that also only needs care for one child. Now, the boys can have fun playing together and the parents enjoy excellent child care at a more affordable price.

  8. Granpa says:

    Did you know you can get large quantities of mfg. coupons by entering the mfg. name of product coupon you would like on eBay? The auctions aren’t costly but the savings are great! For example: I always check eBay for SILK Soy Milk or Almond Milk coupons (usually $1 off) and save grocery money by getting 5, 10, or 20 $1.00 off mfg. coupons mailed to me. GREAT GROCERY SAVINGS TIP!

  9. Dee says:

    not eating out, but cooking at home! Even if you use convenience foods it’s still cheaper than restaurant or even fast food places. If you do some cooking from scratch you’ll save even more

  10. Katie says:

    With all of the good summer weather, find ways to have fun with friends or family that don’t involve high ticket prices or admission fees!
    Some suggestions: find a free local festival and walk around enjoying the sun and sampling new food or checking out local artists. Go to public pools instead of driving (and paying) to go to a beach. If you love the beach, do a little research and find the ones that have free street parking and no other fees (they do exist!) Instead of going to the zoo, go to a local park and enjoy the outdoors, or check out a local conservation and do some hiking. And as always, remember to pack your own snacks and drinks since the ones offered will be marked up! There are tons of way to enjoy the warm weather and have new experiences without shelling out a pretty penny!

  11. Joanna Hoelscher says:

    While every experience I’ve had with Zappo’s has been good, my very first was awesome! My daughter wanted a pair of plain, black penny loafers for Christmas (she can’t live without them) and I’d searched every store I could think of to no avail. This was ten years ago before I did much ordering on line but – in desperation – I went to Zappos, which I’d heard about but never used. It was about two days before the holiday and they not only had exactly what I wanted but it arrived within 24 hours! (I’d planned to give her an IOU, assuming that nobody could get an order to me that quickly!) I couldn’t believe it!

  12. Judith says:

    Re-use paper towels. Rinse them out if necessary, let them dry (only takes a few minutes) and use them to wipe up spills and splatters. If you are just using the paper towel to dry your hands after washing, no rinse is needed. I keep a little bowl next to the sink and throw them in there once they are dry. They look even neater if you fold them up into little squares.

    Reusing small plastic bags of all kinds for dog poop is obvious.

    Using inexpensive body mist instead of pricey perfume in the summer is very attractive because it feels so light. The catch is finding one you like. My fave, a Crabtree & Evelyn Botanical, has been discontinued.

    Buying Tshirts and underwear at a bargain-barn type of store.

  13. nitehawk says:

    When a tube of toothpaste, moisturizer, etc is at the end cut it in two. Often there are days of use left inside.

  14. Ann says:

    Summer is a good time to save on movies if you have a drive in theater in your area. The per person ticket price is cheaper than regular theaters and you get two movies (if you can stay up that late)! Our drive in allows outside food and drink if you buy a $5 ‘food pass’-still cheaper than concession stand food!

  15. Bil says:

    Save money on cooling by spending more time at the public library in the evenings during the summer instead of turning down the AC. Also a great way to save money on books, movies, internet, magazine subscriptions, etc.


  16. Amanda says:

    Take advantage of the nice wheater and have a Garage Sale its the perfect way to get rid of your excess items. As well you will be able to clean up and get a little cash in your pocket.

  17. Carolyn says:

    If you have a summer porch (screened or covered) set up a summer kitchen. On mine I have a dorm refrigerator (stocked with water/drinks), a dorm microwave, and a countertop oven, along with a grill. I do all my cooking in my “summer kitchen”. The house never gets hot from cooking. I run the AC from about 8pm to 8am (set at 78), don’t turn on lights unless I’m reading, and run the ceiling fans. I spend really hot afternoons at the library.

  18. John says:

    Living in sunny south Florida,I only turn the hot water on to wash dishes.
    During the summer ground water is lukewarm and showers are taken near 2PM, saving energy.

  19. Manny says:

    Take advantage of fuel savings by buying gift cards for every day needs from your local grocery store ex: Kroger, Giant Eagle ect. every dollar amount you spend on gift cards you get double point to use at the pump every $100 gift card is 200 points ever 100 points is 10 cents off a gallon that’s 20 cents off a gallon just image if one was remodeling there home that’s a lot of fuel savings… Happy Savings!!!

  20. Amelia says:

    Hospitals and clinics will pass on many never used disposable items that are wonderful for household use. These items are clean and durable. Trash bags, surgical towels, and other items have become staple items around my house. I use washable surgical towels for kitchen dishcloths, dust cloths, and finally on dirty cleaning jobs before tossing them. Many are better made than what can be purchased. I haven’t purchased trash bags in over a year.

  21. Andrew says:

    I usually hide out at Barnes & Noble for every hot summer afternoon to save on my air conditioning bill at home. Getting to read all kinds of latest books & magazines for free is a big plus. In fact, I learn how to cook last summer doing just that and my wife is still impressed with my cooking today (well, impressed, partly because she doesn’t have to cook that often…)

  22. Linda says:

    My favorite way to save money in summer is gardening. It’s a good way to save on groceries and improve the diet

  23. Deb says:

    Summer is always a good time for projects. Challenge yourself to do projects using recyled materials. My daughter and I made a faux headboard for her twin bed using 3 shutters that were lying around in our garage. For some extra bling we hot glued old white Christmas lights to the back of the shutters. She has a fabulous headboard that cost us $0.00 to make. We have also made tote bags for the grocery store, necklaces, and even a quilt out of old t-shirts. All of our summer projects have been completed using items we have around the house.

  24. Megan says:

    Check with your local library to see if they offer free passes to local parks or museums.

  25. Marika says:

    – Cook at home! Dining out always is a reason for spending too much!
    – Buy liquor and drinks and have a home party. You’ll save SO much on dollars towards alcohol and munchies.
    – Go outside! Save money on AC by going to the mall, exercising outside or going to the swimming pool. It can also help you stay active 🙂
    – Enter various sweepstakes and deals online. Who knows – you could be the winner for some special summer deals 🙂
    – Don’t be fooled by coupons and brochures. Yes they give you discounts on snacks, drinks and all that food..The true question is, would you actually use it? Probably not!

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