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Blog: Frugal And Tightwad Tanya

My blog is about how I live a frugally and tightwad life here in Minn. My finds that are frugal. My style of tightwaddery and thrift. It's about my frugal and tightwad family.

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When Did America Become Scensor USA
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It used to be we could say what we like, and now we can not. Now Someone gets offended by what everyone says to or about anyone. We can not even vent our stress and anger anymore safely without scensorship. Well this is what happened to me. I went to a dollar store to vent my anger over stock that is in season, and the store was out due to not enough interests. Well I said "that they were stupid for not having a very much needed community item, and not stocking it in the future". They told me to "shop, shut up, or get out." I chose to shut up, but when I can't get glue in a dollar store I say it is time to give my money somewhere else.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

What I got at the dollar store for around $20 dollars for my family. A lot can be gotten at a dollar only store. It's not above a dollar either. Tax only. Here it is:.......

1. Betty Crocker Hamburger helper Cheeseburger Macaroni $1.

2. Kitchen towel set of two $1.

3. Pepsi 2 liter $1.

4. Ketchup from Doyle $1.

5. Table scarf $1 and it was cloth with ornate designs.

6. Fourth of July tablecloths $1.

7. Napkins $1.

8. Popsicles in a box $1.

9. Picture frames of stone $1.

10. Road map book $1.

11. Class schedule book for students $1.

12. Grey Poupon from Doyle $1.

13. Tea set for child $1.

14. Scrapbook material pages and stickers 2/$1.

15. Bottled water by Dannon 2/$1.

16. Tablet paper for students 2/$1.

17. Garbage bags 30 gallons $1.

18. Cleaning supplies $1. each but I only got one.

19. Toys all for a $1 and some are even copies of Hannah Montana, and Bratz Dolls.

20. Plastic cutlery and real cutlery and eating Utinsils 4 for a $1. with tax it all came to $20.76.

That is not bad for a hall around 20 dollars and not over $21. There are plates at the dollar store made of stoneware for a dollar each at my dollar store. Crystal drinking glasses for a dollar too. Pet food to boot. It's like I said who needs WalMart when you a have a true dollar store not the any price up to $100. dollars that isn't the idea of a dollar store to begin with when they opened them. People who open expensive dollar stores just want to be a WalMart who can't afford the franchise, so they ruin it for the poor by opening them up right down the street from a dollar store dollar only. Well I intend to beat them at their own jealous and envious game. I shop at only dollar stores that are a dollar storewide. Thank you and have a good summer, because you know when school starts in August and in some parts of the country a couple weeks in July this month.

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WOW This Year has Become Great!
Monday, January 29, 2007

Well I got my Section 8 housing voucher on the county and not in the city section 8 program. This means in a year I can move to Texas from where I am in Arizona. I am not liking the weather here as I thought I would like it. San Antonio will be better I think. Now to just stay alive until then is the trick. The traffic in Phoenix is real bad. I almost got hit walking on a sidewalk by a car. My apartment is the only place I feel safe. It has air conditioning thank goodness for the extreme hot days. I am thankful I only go shopping in Phoenix a couple days a month. Mesa is a good town. I like it. It is quite different from MN. I saw my first rattlesnake from a distance on the apartment buiding grounds. It was sunning itself. I freaked out and called the landlord. The police came and took care of it. My apartment furniture was bought at the Salvation Army. It was bought with a furniture voucher from them too. I can be very simplistic when I want to be. I bought a loveseat. It was pretty and very used. I was already provided a bed and dresser and kitchen table by the landlord. I just needed a couch and chair solved that problem though with one phone call to Salvation Army. I got the combo of the two thins I needed for my place. It really is true home is where the heart is meaning anyplace you make home where you love is home. This can be any place in the USA for me. I met a trucker who is a Christian. He loves the road. We are neighbors. I hope to make a lot of new friends here, so I can write them from San Antonio next year. i just emailed my grandma and parents back in MN. They are fine and having fun that makes me miss them all the more. Well it is hot for me, so I am going to take a cool bath. Hope to go shopping tomorrow. at the Big shopping center and Fry's a warehouse grocery store that does coupons in Phoenix. Yea it's that time of the month again. I am dieting still and exercising. I lost 16 pounds so far just walking and watching what I eat while eating healthy. Fry's has a natural food section. Although, not big it has at least what I need to eat healthy. I drink a lot of water here. It is like soda to me now. Just living in Arizona has helped me diet. I am somewhat happy now. This is good. I hope to get my yogurt on sale this week. Well thats all for this month. I still have to post pictures of my niece in my photo alblum. I will do this next month.

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Budget NO More!
Friday, November 17, 2006

The word budget has no meaning to me as I have replaced it with a new concept called my spending plan! I always felt deprived with my my shopping daily budget. I would say to myself it's not in the budget this month. I would also say this to the teller at times and feel ashamed to be poor. No more. The words are now spending plan which I have made up, so I don't feel deprived. I know where every cheap source is in town, and I stick to shopping there. My spending plan has it all written down. What I can afford. What is a need and a want that can wait til later. It all has a category.

I keep a spending journal too, so I can see where my money went to that day. This way of thinking came from Creative Living on I keep a way of making my spending work for me in my favor and not the other way. Budgets are great for people who aren't poor like me, but rich like the Mayor of a town. Spending plans are for the poor and common people of our country. When I used to feel down because my budget wouldn't let me spend money on something I wanted. I just say oh well and sulk. Now I don't sulk. I am happier too when shopping as I now know I can be happy anytime I need something or want something. I can have both plus not feel guilty or deprived. Well let's do away with the word budget everyday and replace it with spending plan today and from now on. OK.


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How Do I Live On my Income!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Well to be truthful. I can't say that my income is better than any other even with a job that is parttime. SSI is cutting my check even more due to some Secretary at my work messing up my income report to them. It will be $453.77 next month enough to pay my rent and a few bills that's it. I have to cut out cable TV and car insurance which means no car.

This is what I am doing. I am going on extreme tightening of belts. I am making my food from scratch, eating at free soup kitchens, eating at relatives, making my food benefit card from the state stretch, and shopping at dollar stores and thrift stores for everything I need in life. I go to a social club for food, conversation, free entertainment, and education on Nutrition. I do my laundry there for free too. I do have to sign up to do it while waiting I visit with friends.

I will be frequenting the food pantry too. I shop for Christmas all year long and I have a gift box where all my gifts go into for family. I am staying home to watch DVD's and videos. I make my money stretch to the max and Tighten my belt. It is still going to be below poverty level, but I am going to make it thru this tough time. Even if I have to give up my apartment and move in with family who want me. My lease expires next month so I have to then to decide. I am not worried one bit. Some would be in my situation, but not me. Well this is how I am living on my Income this month. I will be getting the Thanksgiving food basket this year after all. I will need it.


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About Me:

I live in Minnesota, and I am a published author of poetry On-line. I have a hubby, and several children. I shop with coupons, and I willingly take several classes On-line thru AZU. I have several degrees, and diplomas. I am a crafting person, and I live for Octoberfest not for the beer, but the food is great too. I am mix mutt of heritages. I love to shop at thrift stores, and garage sales/yard sales. I live a green lifestyle or try too.

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