Frugal Living - July 2011

Posted July 6 2011 in Frugal Living  //   Comments (0)
Check out these summertime yard tips. These tips can help your lawn be the best that it can be and also help your wallet! • Service your lawn mower – Regularly clean the air filter and check the oil level to ensure your mower lasts. Also check your blade a few times a year and make sure it isn’t dull. • Check watering habits – If you have a sprinkler system, make sure it only comes on early in the morning or late in the day. Otherwise, you could potentially waste water due to evaporation. • Treat your own yard – Instead of paying a professional to fertilize and spray for weeds, consider doing it yourself. • Plant intentionally – Make sure you plant drought-tolerant plants in sunny areas; plant shade-tolerant plants in shady areas.

Frugal Living: Convert Items Into Cash

Posted April 28 2011 in Frugal Living  //   Comments (0)
Last month’s frugal living tip focused on exploring resources such as eBay, Craigslist and your local classifieds to search for items rather than going to a store and buying them at full price. This month we would like to encourage you to take a moment and reflect on those items you have sitting around the house. You know, that pair of shoes that no longer fits or the Christmas gift you received last year and haven’t even opened yet? It’s time to convert these items into cash in your pocket! Consider selling some items using these methods: eBay auctions: These auctions entail listing your item(s) for a small fee and typically last a week at most. You can utilize eBay’s “Buy It Now” option or set a reserve price to ensure you receive your desired price for each item you sale. Once your item(s) are sold, you will usually pay a small percentage of the selling price to eBay. You can require that buyers pick up your item locally or you can charge to ship. Craigslist ad: You can create a FREE online ad for a specific region of the United States and list a description, price and pictures. Craigslist usually involves face-to-face transactions and no fees. Local Classifieds: You can usually list items for free in your local classifieds. Our local classifieds has a weekly print and online version that lists each ad submitted. Yard Sale: If you have a lot of cheap items that aren’t worth selling elsewhere, a yard sale is a great idea. Some preparation is involved but at least the cost is minimal to set up. Whatever items that you have left over might be worth dropping off at your local Goodwill store and claiming a deduction on your tax return as a charitable donation. Remember to get an itemized list of the items you dropped off!

Frugal Living: Why Buy New?

Posted April 13 2011 in Frugal Living  //   Comments (0)
If you find something that you really need (or occasionally really want), don’t automatically go to the store and purchase it. Ebay, Craigslist and your local classifieds are all great resources for finding great deals on used items. Did you know that you can buy many items in used (sometimes even new) condition AND save a lot of money? Last year, I was on the hunt for some new tires for my truck. For several weeks, I scanned craigslist daily trying to find some tires for a cheaper price than my local tire dealer. Finally, I came across 4 brand new tires for $175 less than what I was quoted locally. It was a rare find, but a deal none the less. So next time you’re on the lookout for something new, try doing a quick search for it on these websites for a few weeks and see if you can find a deal!
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