Tightwad Tuesday~Painless Ways to Save… ~

July 15, 2008 § 6 Comments

I saw this over at Happiest at Home.  So I had to join in.  Tightwad Tuesday is hosted by Mary at Raising 4 godly men.

I have two almost painless ways to save. 

The Magic We Need List –  I keep a list in my day planner of things we need or would really like.  Not things like groceries, but things like “a new 24″ bike”  or  “A china cupboard” .   This helps me keep from impulse buying and helps me plan major purchases.   I also keep a list of the “specs” of items we need infrequently, like the children’s shoe sizes, the size of the light bulbs in the office, the printer cartridge numbers in my planner so I can pick them up when I see them on sale without having to wait to be sure I have the correct item.

Craig’s List– We have found so many great deals on Craig’s list.  We got a cargo carrier for the van at a sixth of what it would have cost us.  My brother got a new oven – my friend found a bunch of life-vests for her kids.  It is just a great way to find items that we need (things on The Magic We Need List). It is like the never ending garage sale.

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§ 6 Responses to Tightwad Tuesday~Painless Ways to Save… ~

  • Robyn says:

    Keeping the things we want in front of us is a great idea! I’ll have to try that. There are some stamping things I want but never seem to have the cash for. (That darned impulse buying!:} )

    Thanks for the tip!
    Robyn

  • Stacy says:

    That is a great tip!

  • Lynn says:

    Thanks for sharing. They both sound like wonderful ideas! 🙂

  • This is a GREAT way to keep our eyes on what we really want and NOT to buy on impulse. Thank you for sharing this. I will have to see if they have a Craigs List around here. I have been hearing about it but haven’t investigated it yet.

    Blessings in Him<
    -Mary

  • Amy B says:

    Great ideas! I keep a “Dream” list for my homeschool stuff, and search for bargains all year long. In fact, I have nearly finished with my current dream list, and need to make a new one.

    I have got to check out Craig’s List!

    Amy B

  • Shani says:

    Good Morning, Darcee! How very nice to be inspiring someone else for a change, instead of just taking inspiration from others, LOL!!

    You are making me feel guilty – I SO need to get my planner finished for my home, and make one for my purse so that I have all of that information in a portable manner. In my free time, of course. LOL!!!

    We’ve never utilized Craig’s List before either… guess we need to see what we’re missing!!

    Have a lovely day!
    Blessings,
    Shani

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