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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. Tim says:

    Well currently I have been stocking up on all the free items at Menards. You have to be able to upfront some money and leave it tied up in the store as you consistently return with your rebates rewards that take about two weeks to return. This week I just received a check for $140 and I have another one on the way. I can turn around and sell it really cheap at a garage sale, use it, or my favorite, help someone out in need like I did last week when my neighbor didn’t have a saw to cut branches after the big storm we had. He got a free saw, i was a great neighbor and it cost me nothing out of pocket. If anything I just bought some joy helping someone else which is priceless!

  2. eric says:

    One I use all the time is looking for coupons/promotions before checking out online. It’s so easy to google and you often find a code or two for some money off or free shipping. Couple that with cash back portals and you get a nice discount! :)

  3. Rosalind says:

    I save change and 1 dollar bills and this is how I pay for my vacations home. It doesn’t take away from my home and it makes me feel better knowing that I still have money going to my savings as well as my investments. Pay yourself first works and then you have no excuse why you don’t have a savings.

  4. Travis says:

    We use water from our rain stone to water our garden which in turn gives us nice fresh vegies and herbs all summer long.

  5. govenar says:

    Use the Bankrate website.

  6. carlos says:

    I made a passive solar water heater and boy have I been able to take some really hot soak baths for my back during this heat wave!

  7. Ron Pare says:

    This, being a well kept secret can save enormous dollars especially in the summer months. The subject is LIQUID CHLORINE. Wanting to save money, like everyone else, I got to thinking about what in our home costs us a lot of money. The first word to my mind was “electricity”. Further thinking about that we came up with several ideas that I tried. The best and most efficient savings came from our pool. Every time I went to have my pool water tested they alwaysw sold me a container or two of LIQUID CHLORINE. On a hunch, I bought a floater that goes in the pool and I put three chlorine tabs in it and left it float and do its thing. I did this for 5 months during the winter, and not even using my pool filter other than for vacuuming. Lo and behold my electric bill came down at least 25%. I had the water tested each of the 5 months and the water was perfectly balanced. Now during the hottest months of the year I run the filter 1 1/4 hours a day and still just use the tabs. Talk about great. My last electric bill was $124 and the previous month was $76 when compared to last year it was almost double that figure. Add in the cost of the liquid chlorine plus the electric savings and we’re talking a good chuck of money. Hope this gets everyone’s attention.

  8. Nicole says:

    I recommend Ooma Telo if you’re still a household that has a landline (i.e. you have small children and need the security of another phone in your home just in case or you live in a rural area when cell service is spotty – both of these apply to me!) It is a VOIP service that requires some form of high-speed internet connection, and does require your electricity to work in order for it to work (plug it in to a UPS in case of power outage); however, it DOES NOT require any special headset (you use your regular home phone), there are no time delays when speaking and the Premier service comes with TONS of really cool features (you get Premier Service free for the first 60 days to see if you like it.) You DO have to purchase the Ooma Telo (you can purchase it for a limited time for $50 OFF using referral code TED6452 plus FREE shipping), and after that you just pay the monthly taxes for your area (mine are just $3.76 a month!) You’re getting your home phone service virtually for free after your initial investment in the Ooma Telo (normally retails for $199, but use the referral code above and get the $50 off). I was paying about $54/month for our landline – so you do the math. They even have a calculator on their website that shows you how quickly the Ooma Telo pays for itself. http://www.ooma.com
    As a SAHM who is always looking for ways to cut back on reoccurring expenses without having to sacrifice quality, comfort, or convenience, I’d have to say Ooma is where it is at. I wish I could find something like this for all the other areas that are a monthly thorn in my side!

    p.s. it even has 911 service which I know can be a concern for those leery of cutting their landline!

  9. Jason says:

    We open any windows we can at night when it is cool, then close them in the morning. Combining this with keeping all shades closed during the day has saved us a considerable amount of money on the electric bill as our air conditioner rarely kicks on while we are at work (because the temperature is rarely high enough unless it is a 100 degree day). Also keeping the a/c temp high enough as you can stand and utilizing fans while home helps.

  10. Ece ŞİRİN says:

    I think having meals at home -coocking yourself- really works. As a student I have obtained it is the best way to save money, besides it is also more healthy then eating somewhere out.According to my calculations having 2 menu’-s outdoor similarly to your home-made one costs min12$ in İstanbul , but if you try eating home you would approximately spend 5$max. 7$ saving per.day would make you save 210$ in a month and espessially if you are a student this amount of saving is fairly major.

  11. Lynn says:

    My husband grows a big gardern every year and what we don’t use or can, we either trade /barter for items we can use . Another thing we do is use some of the items we have canned for Christmas gifts. Homemade Apple Butter and Salsa are favorites !

  12. melinda g says:

    If you garden, seek out other gardeners to swap out extra produce. Twice the variety for your gardening efforts.

  13. Ashley R. says:

    I make sure my minimum amount I want to save is automatically drafted from my paycheck so it’s gone before I get it. I pay bills and spend like normal according to my budget. The day before my next payday I transfer whatever remainder I haven’t spent into my savings accounts. I often end up saving up to four times the minimum amount every month.

  14. Steve W says:

    Refrain from visiting casinos.

  15. Glen Craig says:

    We make a shopping list before we go food shopping. This way we go in with a plan of what we are going to eat and we can stick to the list instead of picking things out out random. This helps keep our buying to what we need and will use.

  16. jeannine s says:

    We use coupons everytime we go shopping. I shop at consignment sales and garage sales for clothes.

  17. DT says:

    My daughter has a large freshwater fish collection. When we change the water from the numerous tanks, we use the old water for all the plants in the yard.

  18. Martha says:

    Take an entertainment guide with you on vacation! See if you can get one half price if you’re going later in the summer.

  19. SLS says:

    We take advantage of all the free summer activities in town. So far this summer I’ve taken a free craft class (with all materials provided) at the local library; seen a free Shakespeare play (Romeo and Juliet) at a downtown park ; run through the sprinklers at a local farmer’s market on an extra-hot day; and gone to a free concert in a local park. Coming later in the summer is more Shakespeare (As You Like It and Hamlet), a free Jazz concert, and free “Trek in the Park” (Star Trek actors ensemble) in a park just a few blocks from my apartment.

  20. Deby says:

    Can my own home-grown produce, then use the leftover canning water to water the produce in the garden.

  21. Alexis says:

    Use my Discover credit card instead of debit card for 5% saving on cash back bonus!

  22. Lianne K says:

    I think fishing is one of the best kept secrets for getting very healthy food almost any day of the year for almost nothing (just the license fee). Of course living close to lakes etc will save on gas too.


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