Thursday, September 15, 2011

9/15 CVS Haul!

As I said before, I go through spurts of hitting CVS for several weeks in a row, then there's a lull for a few weeks. Well I think I've been through the lull and started back on my streak with CVS this week.

Even with sale prices, the total for these items would have been $73.40, but I got all this after coupons and extra care bucks for $22.99! The Prilosec was $24.99 just by itself. Here's a breakdown of what I was able to get:

5 Bottles of Dawn Dish Liquid
4 Bags of M&M's (Peanut Butter Flavor, Yum!)
3 Cans of Aussie Hairspray
1 Box, 42 count Prilosec
1 Box, CVS brand allergy medicine
1 Nestle Crunch Bar
1 Butterfinger Bar
3 Cherry Coke 12 packs
1 Sprite 12 pack.

Plus, get this, I still have $3.00 in Extra Care Buck left to use on something else. I guess I'll be rolling that $3.00 into some deals for next week. CVS hot streak here I come!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Start your own side business

Do you have a good eye for great items and quality? There is a great deal of money to be made from buying items at a low cost and selling them online or at garage sales. Of maybe you already have items that you no longer want and wouldn't mind selling.

You can check out garage sales, auctions and thrift stores for lost treasures. This could be designer purses, clothing, collectibles, books, music, anything. There could be someone right this very minute that would buy something you have. People collect all sorts of things and frequent the online markets for stuff to buy. Why not buy it from you?

Sites like EBay and Craigslist are very easy to use and reach a huge market for you. I have sold items to people in other countries and all over the United States. Sometimes, it's on items that you might think no one would ever want.

The secret is to know a good thing when you see it and get it at a good price so that you will have more profit for yourself. I also recommend checking out the items that are hot and selling great online. That way you know what sells and around what price you could get for it when selling.

I bought a big box full of purses one time at an auction and paid $12.00 for the entire box of them. I noticed right away(before I bought them) that most of them were very high-priced designer purses. I ended up selling them online and locally for a profit of around $250.00. The people who got them were happy with getting designer purses at a great deal and I made money.

Remember when you're out going through items, it may not be something you want for yourself, but would it sell easily and can you get it cheap? If so, take a chance and see if you can make some extra money.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


I bet most young people today don't even know what that word means. If you want or need something, well you just go out and buy it right? I really think bartering is a lost gem that needs to make a comeback.

If I need a chainsaw for example, chances are that I really don't need a chainsaw year round, I just need to use one for a very limited time. Why would I want to spend the money to purchase my own chainsaw when I could borrow one from a neighbor or friend? Then I could loan an item that I own to that person or provide some of my time for them. Everyone wins.

I get the use of an item (or service) I need and the other person gets the same, all without having to spend any money. You can even start out with the barter offer. If I have a single neighbor that I know owns an item I need to use, I could offer to cook them a home-cooked meal in exchange for using that item. Most people would love to do that. Plus you get to know people better.

Do any of you barter? Well, tell me about it. If not, let's all try to barter something soon and share our results.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Subdivision Amenities - A Great Deal

Jason and I moved into a neighborhood last year that has homeowner dues that are required to be paid from each lot owner or homeowner. I think at first most people would balk at having to pay yearly to take part in the neighborhood amenities, but when you really look at it, it's a great deal.

Generally the dues in our neighborhood are $300 to $400 yearly but take a look at what we get for that amount.

We have a community swimming pool open to residents and their guest that is taken care of by someone else and comes with nice, resort-style chairs and umbrellas. I don't have to lift a finger to care for this pool, just enjoy it.

We also have a community clubhouse that a homeowner can use free of charge for meetings, parties or other types of gatherings. So, I don't have to super clean my house for a party, I can just use the clubhouse and if it's summer my party can use the pool too!

Our neighborhood has well paved streets with great street lights as well. You would feel perfectly safe biking, walking or running in the early morning or night. But wait, there's more!

We also have a  playground and very nice tennis courts that are taken care of and kept in great condition.

I mean seriously, it would cost me tons more money than the yearly dues just to take care of the pool alone not to mention the time and energy, but we get this plus all the other treats for under $400 a year.

You can't beat that deal and I didn't even need a coupon!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold!

I'm sure you've noticed or heard that the prices for gold and silver have sky-rocketed. If you have any gold or silver, now is the time to sell it and get some extra money.

Look through your old jewelry for broken items or things you just really don't care for or ever wear. Better to be cash in your pocket than items just taking up space in your jewelry box.

Don't forget to also check silver service pieces, picture frames and knick-knacks for possible silver as well as silver and gold coins.

You will be amazed at just how much you can get for these right now, but take your items to a couple of different places to see who gives you the best price. If you have an item that isn't marked well or you are unsure if it's gold or silver, go ahead and take it with you. The buyers have methods to test the items for the metals.