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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 Zappos.com, one of my favorite online retailers (free Zappos vip!), to one lucky Bargaineering.com 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. Joey K says:

    My favorite tip to save money is to use cash when I spend it.

    Most of us reading this likely try to limit our spending anyway, but I have found this trick works great to save for my vacation every year.

    I simply do not spend coins and singles, and instead put them all in my savings jar. So for every meal that is $6.75, I save the other $3.25 of the ten dollar bill I break. If I get someone at the drug store and its $4.60, I save the .40 cents.

    At the end of the week, I may only have put away $15 or $20, but that same $15 or $20 is no longer in my pocket to spend when I want something like a cold Coke or a candy bar- reducing my excess expenditures and increasing my savings!

  2. Steve says:

    Just use a minimal amount of air conditioning in the house and car to take the edge off and not make your whole house or car a refrigerator.

  3. Mary says:

    Always check the local dollar stores before going to the grocery store. The Dollar Tree has name brand greeting cards, whole wheat bread and snacks. The products they have are always worth a try- we have found we like many of them just as much as higher priced grocery items- and if the product is not your favorite- you only spent a dollar.

  4. Brannon Hungness says:

    Camping in State and National Forests for free! They can be found on google maps and with a quick search detailed information can be found about each one.

    Also, look up the area (by zip or nearest city) on restaurant.com for great deals on meals.

  5. My favorite new tip is purchasing gift cards or merchandise credits from various retail merchants at a discount from Cardpool.com. I have bought the ROSS gift cards at 20% of face value, and then gone shopping at ROSS on Tuesdays to receive the 10% senior discount, for a whopping savings of 30% over Ross’s already low prices. WooHoo!

  6. Shirley says:

    Line-dry your laundry, especially linens, towels and jeans. If outside drying seems to leave them too rough for your liking, put them in the clothes dryer for 5 minutes. This fluffs them and then they can be finished outside.

    1- You save on your utility bill.
    2- You save wear and tear on the clothes dryer.
    3- You don’t fight the A/C with unnecessary heat.
    4- Sheets dried outside smell and feel sooo good.
    5- You stock up on your vitamin D from the sunshine while you are doing it.
    6- It feels good when you are doing a little bit of good for the greater whole.

  7. Gregg says:

    Use your ceiling fans as much as possible to avoid runing AC because ceiling fans are much cheaper to run. If AC needs to run, raise thermostat by one degree or more and run the fans more to save money.

  8. I use craigslist and ebay for all the summer shows/concerts I want to attend!

  9. Rachel says:

    Make sure you sign up for your favorite store’s email list. They send out coupons on a regular basis, so you will always have one ready if you need to replace a wardrobe item or household staple. Why pay full price if you don’t have to?!?

  10. Gwen H says:

    pay yourself first

  11. Harold says:

    Hey Jim!

    My favorite money-saving tip is a combo: “start bowls and set goals!” I am personally a huge foodie and I love to eat out. I’m actually eating a meal purchased from a café at the moment, but I allowed myself this indulgence, hehe… BUT when this works, it works. Make large portions of meals (especially if you bought it in bulk, extra savings!) to be divided throughout the week or simply for days in advance. To stop myself from buying sodas or any other meal add-ons, I simply set a goal. I try to save up to a dollar amount each month. Using my text banking, I quickly check whether I have funds to indulge… otherwise I don’t.

    Simple and done before, but it saves me loads of cash. Have meals ready for work so you won’t default to eating out and set specific goals to avoid going off track!

    Happy saving, Bargaineers!

    - Harold

  12. cvargo says:

    We BBQ almost every night. Why run the stove or oven and heat the house makes no sense.

  13. Mitra says:

    Automate your bills and your savings, and try not to spend to much on shoes! Lol

  14. Matt M says:

    Make sure you live below your means, this is the key to saving money. I am able to put away about $1000 a month and while I could be living a better lifestyle now putting money away for the future is the smart thing to do.

  15. M Sandra says:

    While there are many, such as accruing points for money off at the grocery store, making my morning coffee at home (sorry Starbucks, mine is better and cost pennies not $3.50!) and lunching on leftovers instead of a spending $3-5 on fast food every day, I love recycling. I’ve already given the state my $.05 per can/bottle and I like getting it back and being green at the same time! And what’s really fun is getting back all the nickels from those lazy, littering folks who throw their ‘money’ down on the street or in the park for me to pick up!

  16. Norm Ewing says:

    This contest should be open to Canadian residents as well. If we can receive your emails, why should we not be able to provide money-saving tips?? You guys are racist!!

  17. Janissa P says:

    My favorite bargain tip is to save all gift bags and wrapping paper that you receive during birthday partys, baby showers, and holidays. Save them in your gift closet. Then any time you are invited to a friend’s baby shower or birthday party, reuse the bags and wrapping paper! Don’t ever spend money on these!

  18. sharon says:

    call credit cards an ask to lower there rate I just went from 11 to 6 percent lots of savings yeah

  19. mike says:

    Join store loyalty programs, carry their fobs on your key chain and allow them to email you coupons and advance notice of sales. Save on items you plan to buy and save by waiting until they go on sale! Combine coupons and sale prices for even more savings. Shop with a list too!

  20. Wilma says:

    I put my toaster oven, crockpot or rotisserie out in the carport during the summer. Keeps the heat outside so the A/C doesn’t work hard and I get a great home cooked meal.

  21. Mark says:

    I didn’t know Canadians were a different race.

  22. Deborah says:

    The most cost saving thing I have found is all year round. I have several cats and I want then to have flea treatments. I like Advantage (never Advantix, that will kill a cat) and buy for a large size dog, usually PetShed or one of the other mail order places. I often compare prices to see who has a sale. Then when I receive the tubes, I us a small syringe that I got from my vet and told him what I needed it for. They gave me the smallest one without any needles in the syringe. I use about 2 ml per cat just like I would out of individual tubes. I usually have leftovers, and that gets sealed in a small plastic container in a baggy along with the syringe. If you have pets, you know expensive buying the individual tubes can be.

  23. Karen Crepeau says:

    When Christmas is over, I buy the 75% discounted wrapping paper in designs and colors that can be used for any occasion, for any season. In fact, I scope all discounted holiday wrappings (i.e. Valentine’s Day) for their ability to be used for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Just Because.

  24. Mark says:

    Wherever you live, look for the nearest grocery salvage store. The one I frequent has a big variety at crazy-low prices. So what if the soup can is dented and the bread is one day old?

  25. Roman says:

    Frugal driving of car:
    1. “Do not use breaks!”. I mean almost :-) . Keep distance, stop accelerating when the car before you breaks, then coast to it without using your breaks. Do not accelerate if you are going to break soon (like red light, stop signal etc ahead of you).
    2. Do not run engine over 2000 rpm. Tachometer is no less important as speedometer.
    By using 1 and 2 you get freeway mileage on city roads.


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