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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.


Showing 8 posts from October 2011 for this blog.
Couponing my style
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Well in case you haven't guessed I love to save. My favorite sites are www.couponing.comwww.couponing101.comwww.cutclipsave.com which I just found thru here on someones blog who no longer blogs here, www.budget101.com and www.allyou.com a WalMart site. Those are just a few I get my coupons from for shopping which I still use my www.dollartree.com, and www.familydollar.com  which I plan my groceries and clothing buys from each day.

I tend to go by what the coupon says when shopping. I never clear a shelf of jeans or food or other. Clearing a shelf is a clear ethical violation in my opinion for coupon use. I am self declared frugal and tightwad woman who just happens to be a coupon queen as well in my state of Minnesota. Others claim they are coupon queens and frugal, but I know different. They may want to be a coupon queen, but they don't have what it takes to be a coupon queen. They don't spend hours hunting down bargains on the computer, or searching for printable coupons while their children study nearby making you multitask between mom and coupon queen like me. They don't ask a stranger at the local dump and recycle center for the coupons they are throwing away, because I don't want to go back into the bin. They don't plan every hour and minute of the day with sites of stores. That is what it takes to be a coupon queen like me. I will even go out in a blizzard to get the store deal with coupons. Yea I do it in the lull of the blizzard, but still if they want to be a coupon queen like me that's what they have to do.

a woman in the library system in my town claims she is a coupon queen like me to the point that she was chosen to teach classes on how to be a coupon queen, instead of me when all know it is really me and not her. Long story short she had to refund all class attendees when her teaching did not work. They had to come to me for clarification on how to be one. To this day people still stop me in stores and thank me for teaching them how to coupon responsibly and legally.

E.L.F. Cosmetics at www.eyeslipsface.com  is a makeup company that has cheap good makeup for the new woman in your family and you can use an online coupon for extra savings. Oh yes always ask for refund if the product you purchase is found to be damaged in the package, or bad tasting like it has expired. Always check expire dates in any grocery store you visit. If you have a coupon for the product that is expired make sure the manager knows it, so you can get rain check on the item you want, but they are out of good dated items. I got a rain check on a good deal on cheese slices that are usually $4 each for 2/$5. If it hadn't been for the new program extreme coupon I would have gotten it when it was on sale for 2/$5 when all the products were not expired, but someone cleared all, but the expired ones the immoral idiot! No etiquette just left it for whoever like found it. Like we want food poisoning. Etiquette requires if you know products are expired but don't say anything to a manager it is the same as attempted murder, and punishable by law, because we have a moral obligation to report it to manager, so they aren't left with the lawsuit of attempted murder. All grocery stores now have cameras in every isle, so there is no hiding who did the clearing shelf and leaving the bad. Come on woman you know who you are show some coupon use morals like I do. And she calls herself a coupon queen. I at least have morals and etiquette when I coupon.

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Cat Food Free
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My daughter has her own cats now, and when I visit her we go shop, but she doesn't buy much cat food. I always think those poor kitties of hers must starve, and I tell her not to forget he cats at home. She told me that she takes the bus to a thrift store that helps out animals by rescuing them from being abandoned and abused and that is where she gets her cat food for the month. She also goes to her vet who gives her coupons for free cans of cat food. She buys dollar store cat food otherwise for a dollar, and that doesn't go that far, so she gets good sources for cat food. I wish our vet did that for our pets....she is ingenius don't you think. My youngest child wants a guinea pig now....I wonder what that will cost me. Well it is back to craigslist and freecycle for guinea pigs maybe?

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Saving by having my car breakdown
Monday, October 17, 2011

Well I don't know when the bus became my best friend, but I can tell you that I am saving on gas prices. My gas station ran out of gas today to boot, as a lot of people came to town to buy gas and lottery tickets. I saw the gas truck yesterday filling the tanks, and now the station is out of gas. It goes without saying that the buses will never run out of gas. My pass is$ 22 a month for me and my youngest children ride free. It comes in the morning around 8 am and we can ride to the city for the day, and shop and save. I use coupons at Family Dollar in town, but when you get 20 percent coupon for Salvation Army that is when I take the bus, otherwise I walk to the store a mile away with a cart for the trip back home. Ten blocks total in town to the store. I can say if gas prices keep going up I will keep up with the busing and walking. It is a savings and exercise. I am saving $389 a year. We never did go very far even when our car was working. 

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On-line Freebies for Real?
Sunday, October 16, 2011

I use Craigslist it is at www.craigslist.org, or is it com? Well what the heck let us go on by saying that there is a freebie section where peps in you state can post what they don't need or want, but they can't sell it. Giving away dirt for instant is  way of getting rid of a yard mess when the city you live in is insisting on a clean yard. Also, try www.freecycle.com. They have several listings of what you can trade for free, but the only thing is freecycle you have to trade otherwise people no trade or contact you.

Coupons from manufacturers can be had with a simple email or phone call to their 800 number. The trick is to praise them to no end. Just make sure you give your actual address as some email accounts don't print out their inbox emails.

List of freebies that can be had:

dirt

children books

clothes that people have outgrown

apartment furniture

bibles

food that people have leftover from harvest

beauty supplies

costumes

cars

trucks

RV's

Campers

moving signs

garage sale signs

cats

dogs

etc....

You get the message. I hope you like freebies like I do.

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Joke
Sunday, October 16, 2011

How many ghosts does it take to fill a hot tub......?

Answer none they float and would not be able to get into the water! HAHAHAHAHA!

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Here are a Few Tightwad Links for Living Frugal
Sunday, October 16, 2011

www.Dollartree.com you can order in bulk online from them for everything your family or business would need in life. I am using it to order my home school supplies. Erasers, Pencils, Math sheets, Writing sheets, etc....another thing if there is a blizzard don't expect delivery of the items until the storm clears. People have been known to die 5 feet from their car/vehicle because they couldn't find it in the storm and that goes for house and apartments too. The postman is a person too, so why should he risk his life for your frugal lifestyle. Those who are lucky enough to live in Arizona still, and yea I really miss it in the winter lol. Order what you can on-line, and save your sanity for trying to find what you need when the store is out and they have to order more for you. Bypass them and use the site to order it yourself.

Here is a list of what you can order in bulk on-line:

Crayons

Paper

Toilet Paper

Food

Kitchen cutlery

Cleaning supplies

and the most important Halloween Candy.

It is a short list, but you can go check it out on-line.

Another link is www.familydollar.com sign up to be a member and you will get advance notice to sales that are upcoming, and fliers in the mail with special coupons. On the outskirts of town of Moorhead, MN there's a Super Target now. I was just there visiting my daughter and we went to get Halloween Candy for a dollar too. Another link www.tightwad.com a warning tho most of the super list coupon area is ineffective except for my coupons it is good, and you can print them off at the library in any town, as the site for my coupons is safe. Coupon use at WalMart is iffy now at best. The cheapskates are constantly trying to make you pay more even with coupons. I like my DL WalMart for emergency picnic supplies in the summer for the Sams Pop that is 78 cents for 2 liters. Especially when Dollar Tree and Family Dollar are closed for the 4th of July. Not WalMart the only thing I will God Bless them for in life. Here is another on-line link you may like if you are a book enthusiast www.half.com it is an Ebay link. I count Ebay as an excellent Winter garage sale saver for kids clothes, and adults. What I don't make aka sew, knit, or crochet I buy here for books and clothes cheaply. I recently lost 90 lbs and I'm in size 16 jeans again after 22 years, so I entered an auction on www.ebay.com for a lot of jeans that started at one penny for 18 pairs of Wranglers. I lost of course because someone beat me. It did have a reserve that had to be met, and I could have met it, but someone wanted it more than me and went over the reserve price the little turd! Still a good site to go to in the Winter. If you are a grocery store shopper like Cashwise foods like my daughter uses. Go online to their site at www.Cashwise.com plan your trip ahead of time they even give you a list to make of what you need that can be printed out at the library for a dime, or cheaper yet 6 cents on campus library, if you are a student. Well I will keep thinking and finding links I and my family like that you may find useful in your life. by for now and no I am not going on Hiatus anytime soon. Frugal and Tightwad Tanya

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Living A Healthy and Active Life
Sunday, October 16, 2011

Well living a healthy frugal lifestyle is what we should all be about especially us moms. Gyms are ok, but you get a lot of people there who judge by the way you look. I tend to glare when that happens to me. Scholarships can be had at the YMCA. If, you really want privacy try Snap Fitness an all night gym. I think that the yearly cost outweights the spendiness of the gym and is total a good price for living longer and healthier. A membership there for a year is 300 dollars. I tend to think that is more a frugal price than 500 dollars or 450 dollars like other places. If, you aren't shy you can try a Planet Fitness for 10 dollars a month and 120 dollars a year for membership. It is a more younger crowd of college kids, but if you don't mind that go for the cheapest.

Colleges now have fitness centers on campus, and all students can use it free when classes aren't in session. MSUM in Minneapolis has one for their Fitness courses and majors. They also have a clinic with doctors and all right on campus. Eating healthy is the best way to stay well. Living frugal and tightwad for health and body may be tough if you are poor, but not impossible. If, you are an adult who is auditing a college course in writing or something you can gain access now with the same priviledges the regular students have at college. Meaning you can use their gym for free, and the health facility too. You may have to pay for meds, but it is free with your student card that is given to you for picking their school to audit a class. You don't get graded, but you pay tuition and that is where the catch is....aka they have to give you total access to campus and that can only be had now with student id cards. Last year alone several older students audited classes used the same facilities for the duration of their class time as regular college students do. In closing treating our bodies bad for years doesn't have to hurt the budget to get healthy and fit, so we can live longer for our families. Think about what you can do frugally and then follow your own advice on staying healthy and living healthy.

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sorry for the Long Hiatus
Sunday, October 16, 2011

Well let's get back to it. My family would say I live the green lifestyle of crafty creativeness. I am relearning crocheting. I am in the process of crocheting a scarf for winter and a baby quilt for my first grandson. I have several thrift stores that I go to in the lakes area and in Fargo, ND within an hour from us. I get yarn on sale at thrift stores. I can get multiple color products in various amounts of yarn. I get mostly black yarn for mittens about a dollar for a huge amount where you would pay $7 for the same amount in WalMart and other stores.

My crafting doesn't stop with thrift store finds, as I like to branch out. I hit garage sales in the summer for items that I can use in my crafting and art. I am now apart of an art community that we display our items we have made. People who are my friends say I have some of the most unique crafts made. I tell them I get my supplies at thrift stores and garage sales. I hardly ever go into stores that are not second hand anymore. In my younger days I thought WalMart was the bomb diggity, and now at 43 I know better. My children and my hubby all tell me thank you for my homemade gift. My hubby loves his mitts I make him. I am trying my hand at darning socks next. Again staying thrifty and green by buying from thrift stores for supplies. I also reuse old worn out mitts, as long as they are not moldy.

We are looking to get back to the land so to speak, so I am researching for free at the library on land up near Bagley, MN where my family has origins. Any 20 to 40 acres would be fine for our family, as I miss having a farm of animals around me. I miss having a horse I can see daily. Our idea is to live frugally and tightwad on our land. Renting or owning we don't care. My youngest I am home schooling, as she just can't stand regular school. You know a child is miserable when she comes home crying, because kids make fun of her home made mitts, and clothes with thrift store finds for lunch companions such as Transformer lunch box minus the matching thermos I got at a garage sale for 75 cents.

My guru Amy Dacyzyn the Tightwad Queen of America I assume self proclaimed, as all of us in here would like that role of Tightwad Queen or King. She inspires me to this day. I recently discovered YouTube online and caught up with her now in 2011 still living a tightwad lifestyle. Her daughter is a post grad student now and living the way her mom and dad lived and Amy said "she was the one who complained about their lifestyle growing up".

Living green to me is reuse, refuge, and recycle. I intend to remain true to that way of life. I will keep you updated of course, and I hope no one who used to read my blog last year is offended by long absences.

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Author:
Tanya39 (Contact)
P. R., MN USA
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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