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.
Recently my dad and I ate lunch at Freddy’s Steakburgers. Since my dad is retired I asked if Freddy’s still gave discounts to seniors. The cashier said yes and quickly deducted 10% from the bill.
One of my taillights had gone out. Rather than paying someone at a garage to replace it, I drove to a parts store, purchased a replacement bulb and installed it myself. From the time I left home until the time I returned took 20 minutes. Cost for the bulb (there were 2 in the pack) was $6.48. It would have been much more at a garage and certainly taken longer.
We experienced an auto accident in our family recently. The other driver was primarily at fault so a claim was filed with his insurance. Surprising to me, that insurance company called to say we would need to pay 30% of the tow fee, and storage fees up to a certain date and from then forward we would be required to pay the full storage fees. I made several calls and the insurance company then agreed to pay the full amount to a certain date with that date being several days later than originally said. The calls led to us saving over $200, plus the claim was settled more quickly then it would have been otherwise. One lesson learned is if this happens again I need to be more proactive in getting the car out of the wrecking yard quicker to avoid fees.
Nearly a year ago we had purchased a couple of new lamps for our living room. We unboxed one and began using it; however, before we unboxed the other we located another in our home that could be shifted to the living room. Our remaining new lamp remained in the box and stored in the garage. I finally returned it recently and received a store credit of about $43.00. That is much more than if we let the lamp sat a few more years and then attempted to sell it at a garage sale.
Recently we listed a VHS tape about a football coach and a knick knack from my high school years on eBay. Both sold and we netted about $30.00 for a couple of small items that we were just storing.
It’s interesting to take note of the free offers available just at banks. At one of the banks I frequent, I receive their promotional bank dollars which can be exchanged for free caps, toboggans, cup holders and such. At the same bank free pens, soft drinks and suckers are available as well. So I picked up a Coke. At another bank I visited this week, I noticed that they too have free pens along with hot (and free) coffee, which served as a nice after lunch treat.
It remains to be seen if I can repeat this trick. But I did sell a box of 40 empty paper towel rolls on eBay for about $9 plus the purchaser paying the cost of shipping. This is something we just normally throw away but teachers use these occasionally for crafts with their students. Now I said I sold one box. I’ve had more listed and they have not moved. So I look forward to seeing if I can make more of such sales.
I have a birthday coming up and every year I receive coupons in the mail for different restaurants, car washes, etc., all in celebration of my birthday! Lunch today was a catfish dinner, free of charge because of one of these coupons.
Finally we have an ally cat that hangs around our house. We have been feeding him but he doesn’t want any contact with us and maintains his distance. The weather is turning colder though, so I created him a house. The materials were simply a plastic tub with lid in which I put a cardboard box and cut one opening through the side of the tub and box. Likewise I stuffed scrap styrofoam board inside the bottom and top of the tub. Finally an old carpeted mat was placed in the bottom and loose straw was laid on top of the mat. I then positioned the tub in an area of our yard where the cat likes to hang out (behind our arbor) and positioned the tub so that the door opening faces South and therefore won’t be subject to the cold North wind. The total cost of the little house was about $4 for the straw. Everything else was merely products my mom and I had available.
What strategies have you used recently? I’d like to hear.
photo credit: Kristina Zuidema, IMG_2448 via Flickr cc License – 12/2/15 with no changes