My goal is to save the cost of the freezer–$159.21–in a year, using that freezer to buy certain items on sale and freeze them rather than buying them at typical prices. And for your benefit and my own, I’m documenting my progress on that goal here on the blog.
Disclaimer: I’ve recommended some rebates programs below. I can’t promise you won’t have any bad experiences with these, but I haven’t–so far. Your mileage may vary!
Spendy. In our household, this weekend was definitely a spendy one. (I had never even heard of that word until I met my husband, who used it frequently when we were dating. But I digress) But I did save money in a few ways while we were spending. Read on for more details and tips.
We all have that loved one who sets his or her thermostat at 68 degrees in summer and fusses about the cost of the power bill. No one wants to swelter in the summer. But no one wants to pay a $500 electricity bill either. It’s a trade-off.
I’m sure you’ve seen the Ebates commercials on television. A lot of people are skeptical and suspect that Ebates is a scam or a data-mining site. Maybe you are one of those people. I personally have had nothing but good experiences with Ebates, and I recommend it as a way to earn back some of the money spent on online purchases.
I haven’t mentioned it here yet, but a few days after my family moved into our new home last month, my grandmother died. Although she was quite a bit younger than my grandfather, she outlived him by just 18 months. I know that she missed him, and I hope that they are reunited now.
My grandparents were a lot alike. When I was a child, my dad used to joke that they were both so cheap, they could stretch a dollar until it screamed. When I became a young adult, my dad commented frequently that I followed closely in their footsteps. He wasn’t wrong. And my grandparents were proud of my frugality. In fact, I’m certain that my grandfather was never more proud of me than when he learned I’d just started monitoring the electricity and water meters at the apartment I shared with my husband. He was proud that I was working to be thrifty. And his encouragement kept me documenting those numbers and using my cell phone to document those readings in picture form on a daily basis. Seven years later, and I have consistently monitored our energy usage, from a one-bedroom apartment to a two-bedroom apartment to a small house and then to a bigger one.