(Closed) Shortcuts you and SO take to save money

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Living in South Florida and me being Jewish I am allowed to say this lol but when we go to dinner with my grandparents near their home in Boynton Beach I always see the oldies making ” Jewish Lemonade” lol they ask for water and a bowl of lemons they squeeze the lemons in the water and add sweet n low… yuck lol 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

We always sneak snacks and soda into the movie theater instead of buying them there.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Meowkers: We do too. Sometimes if we don’t have time to eat before the movie, we’ll get fastfood and I’ll just shove it into one of the larger purses and eat that in the theater too. I always feel like I’m really getting away with something! Hehe.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@FutureMrsChaney: hahaha, that’s what my mom does!

The biggest shortcut we take is never going to the salon/barbershop. I cut his hair almost every month. I’ve been cutting his hair for years now. And I also cut my own hair. It saves a bit – probably $100 for me and about $200 for him a year.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We don’t pay for a home phone or cable. We also save our pop cans and get cash for them. 

One thing we do that saves us a ton of money is make a list of meals for 2 weeks. Then we make a grocery list for these meals. One night this week we had steak flatbread sandwhiches and I used the left over steak for chili. We use all left overs for lunches.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

we love to dine out at restaurants where theyve got great food and expensive wine. unfortunately, with this wedding thing coming up (haha) our wallets have taken a major hit. so what did we do? we moved onto happy hours!

2-3 half priced appetizers, 2 half priced drinks? major savings 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We have pretty much given up date nights outside of the house.  What we will usually do is have a “date night” at home where we rent a movie from the redbox or watch something on demand.  We have even watched a couple of Law and Order:SVU episodes together…

If we do go out, there are lots of restaurants around us that have deals on certain nights (recently we went with friends to a hibachi place that has half price dinners and sushi on Monday and Tuesday nights!).  Now that it’s fall there are much more off-season specials, too.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I cook for four instead of two and use the left overs as our lunch the next day or to incorporate into our next nights dinner. I also make a list of meals planned out so at the grocery store it is faster and cheaper, then for alcohol we shop at Trader Joe’s which will save tons. We make coffee at home and buy the fancier creamer which is like 3 bucks but lasts us two weeks instead of 3 bucks at a coffee place for one coffee.

In non foodways we also do our hair at home, my Fiance shaves his head so that is easy and I cut my own with the scissors that came with the shaver kit. I also dye my hair at home most times with my FI’s help. I also walk to work and Fiance takes the bus which saves us tons on gas.

Also we sell our old clothes at Buffalo Exchange and shop at places like Lohemans which you can get name brand jeans at for half price. Also a great place to look for ties and dress shirst for wedding related groom stuff.

What we splurge on is cable and netflix!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh I forgot to mention, we also sign up for websites like Groupon, Living Social, and Urban Spoils which have great daily coupons for local restaurants, attractions, and personal services.  We constantly get the half off restaurant coupons and when it’s a restaurant we know and love, we buy multiples.

Post # 13
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Honey bee

We bring our lunch and breakfast to work everyday as well as we eat dinner at home. I am great at using leftovers and odds and ends.  I make what I call “everything but the kitchen sink” soup every few weeks to use up all the little bits of things.  I save all bones to make homemade stock, things like that. 

We do one “thing” each week, whether its the wine bar, dinner, movies, etc.  We do use coupons off of restaurant.com. When you sign up for their email you can buy $25 gift cards for $2 often!

We live in a much cheaper apartment than we could afford.  We purchased reasonable cars (although just now need to purchase a new one and then will only have 1 car payment).  

No debt payment besides moderate college loans.

Basic cable.

We dont purchase based on need and rarely on want. When we purchase either we are really good about shopping deals, coupons etc.  

bohemianbailie  Just like you were purchase our wine here, what a great deal!

I dont get a hair cut as often as I would like 🙁

On average we probably save (not including 401s, Roths etc) about 18% of our take home into cash savings.

We splurge sometimes on a nice bottle of wine or snowboarding in the winter or flying home to visit family for the holidays or big events like weddings.  I also have sirius which I love!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

we have no cable or satellite. netflix streaming + shows being posted online = no need for us to have tv. cuts down on absentminded tv watching as well!

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

No TV (so, no cable bills, video game systems, etc)

no eating out unless it’s a really special occasion or family/friends come to visit

we don’t see movies in theaters except for special occasions (Inception was the last movie we saw)

we share a car and use it sparingly

we skimp on buying extras (clothes, etc)

we make coffee at home most days, and only hit up a coffee shop if we really need to

free or low-cost activities – going for walks, the zoo, farmer’s market, city events, etc.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@lefeymw: It is such a good deal for wine and also if you are feeling like having something special they have great deals on things like cheese or dips which I also use for parties and get asked where I got it.

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