Here are more ways to save money. These are quick tips based on recent strategies I’ve employed. So join me as I drive about town, do life with my family, work and play, all the while saving a few dollars.
I just had another birthday and am reminded of money saving opportunities in celebration of such days. For instance, Firehouse Subs will give you a free medium sub, of your choice, on your birthday. Just show the cashier your I.D. with your birthdate on it and the sandwich is free. I think this will become a yearly tradition for the 4 of us in my household.
Also I have signed up online for rewards programs with several of our favorite restaurants. So coupons were received for free desserts or options to buy one meal get one free. Jason’s Deli emailed me a birthday gift of a $5.00 off coupon. I really enjoyed lunch there last week. I ordered my favorite item on the menu, a ranchero wrap, and was told that the dry side of the salad bar was complimentary, so free muffins were a treat. Of course complimentary ice cream is available so one can easily overdo the sweets. And I admit I did overdo it some as I also took two minutes to fill out an online feedback form and got a code to pick up a free cookie. Their cranberry and walnut cookies are really good. So all of that cost $2.37 — not bad!
A lot of restaurants give opportunities to give feedback online or on cards in the restaurant and earn rewards. I filled out a card at one restaurant (Ruby Tequila’s) and received a coupon for free queso (cheese dip) this week. When stopping at a small town Dairy Queen, I filled out an online form. It took about 2 minutes and we received a free ice cream bar. And most recently I filled out such an online form for Pei Wei restaurants and as a reward, we will have a free cookie at our next visit.
Carino’s Restaurants has a great deal for families on Monday nights. We ordered takeout for one of their family platters that are made to feed a family of 4. The platter includes a main dish along with 4 side salads and bread. On Monday nights the family platters are 1/2 price. Since we got takeout, no tip was required. So we all had a nice meal at a cost of about $4 each. We will do that again!
This weekend we plan to eat out with another couple at Olive Garden. In anticipation of that I sold used books to Hastings Entertainment and received enough credit to pay for the majority of a couple of Olive Garden gift cards that they sell. Then by signing up at Olive Garden’s online site we received a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert that we will use at the upcoming meal as well.
Finally, the “service engine light” came on in my S.U.V. I had heard that auto part stores have diagnostic equipment to discern the source of the problem. I went to Advanced Auto. The employee there hooked up a device beneath my dash and gave me the analysis of the problem. There was no charge for this! It seems that a sensor is out. Fixing it requires replacing the whole fuel pump, and the problem does not affect how the vehicle runs, it just may mean my fuel gauge is not always accurate. Since we are needing to conserve right now, I will just set the trip log at each fill up and make sure to fill up every 200 miles or so. If money were no object I know I could go to my mechanic and spend 2 or 300 dollars to have this completely repaired, but that isn’t priority. So this is a money saving strategy.
These are a few money saving tips I’m passing on, but I’d like to hear from you as well. What strategies have you used recently to conserve financially?
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