I am lucky. I have a good job and my wife works as well. I am not heavy in debt.
Regardless – I am pretty particular where I spend my money. In today’s economy a little research, a little looking around and you can save a lot of money.
Here are some examples:
- Google Product Search – I buy a lot of stuff online. Although I make every effort to do business locally – I just cannot justify spending more money on a product “up the road” if there is a significant difference to getting it through the mail. Google has a “shopping” search function that helps find some f the best deals on the Internet. I recently bought 5 Ruger BX-25 magazines for $21.99 each plus $2.50 shipping – I found them via Google search and then I clicked n shopping in the left-hand sidebar. Using the Google search options can be used for purchasing just about anything you can think of.
- Groupon – I have not done a lot of business with Groupon – but basically it is a site that offers deals where you can buy special coupons or products at severely discounted prices. One example is buying a $200 coupon good for a new mattress at a local store for $50.00. I also purchased a $30.00 gift card to a local plant nursery for $15.00. There can be some good deals.
- Craigslist – Most everyone knows about Craigslist. Pretty much a giant online classified service that is totally free. Basically you log on and select your area – and use keyword searches t find what you are looking for. I have sold vehicles on Craigslist. Many preparedness products can be found inexpensively such as 55 gallon barrels and tools – among other things.
- Classified section in newspaper – Checking your local newspapers classified section can reap some good deals every so often. Often primarily used to buy and sell cars – other products are also available. Need a working used washer machine? How about a lawn mower? What about a bike for your kid? The local classified ads can save you a lot of money.
- eBay – I used to be a huge seller on eBay and changes over there left a bad taste in my mouth. That doesn’t mean I wont take advantage of some of the good deals that can be found. One piece of advice – watch the shipping charges. Some sellers overcharge and you loose your savings.
- Amazon.com – One of my favorite ways of saving money is Amazon. They do not always have the best price – but often times they do. Almost anything can be purchased from Amazon and many products can be had with FREE SHIPPING if your orders total $25.00 or more. I place an Amazon order once or twice a month.
- Clearance items – In most any store there is a clearance area where items are marked down – sometimes as much as 90%. Stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and even grocery stores severely mark down items for a number of reasons. I recently bought several small coolers for $2.50 each because the packaging had changed. I also have bought tools, cleaning supplies, pet food, lighters, and much more. It takes some time but the savings can be worth it.
- Shopping sales and using coupons – Of course shopping sales can save you money. What I promote and what I do is shop sales in quantity. I rarely buy anything for regular price. If canned fruit is on sale – I will buy 10 cans. Next time they go on sale – another 10-15 cans. In between I might use 5-6 cans so I spend less than regular price and build my stores as well. Using coupons can also increase savings especially when used at a store that doubles the value of the coupon.
- Woot – Woot.com and similar websites have special “Deal of the Day” promotions on items that can be very good deals. One website I recently found out about is CamoFire.com. CamoFire provides items daily with deep discounts that are related to camping, hunting, etc.
I believe challenges are ahead for many of us. This does not mean that in the meantime efforts cannot be made to live a little more comfortably in a world of raising prices and stagnant or declining wages. It takes time and effort – but it can be done.
Take care all –