Frugal Living
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Frugal living is practiced by those whose aim is to have more money and cut expenses. It’s a way of living smarter and better money management. 

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Never buy anything unless it is on sale. Know your top 10 grocery item prices and only buy when on sale. Maximize coupons and instant offers. I could go on and on.

I have found that Pinterest has so many awesome frugal living links. And most of the blogs have so much to offer! I'm trying a lot of the advice I have read about from there!

Thank you for the help Michelle. I will have to look for these links so I can start saving money. Money is tight and need to save as much as I can so my husband and I can move in a year.

I want to make it a plan to move to somewhere in mexico in 1 year with my girlfriend, what do i have to do ? what do i need to know? Expenses while there? Im looking for any advice really :)

I do what I can but it's not easy in Canada. Stores don't double coupons and there aren't a lot of them for basic needs like food. I mostly look around for sales when I can but things go so quick I can't always count on it.

Ashley, I can relate. Even though I live in the States, I live in an area that doesn't double coupons. It's also one of the most costly areas in the country, so we also don't get a lot of the sales that I see people posting about in their blogs.

I use coupons at Michaels when I go for polymer clay and buy a LOT at Ebay when there is a packaged "lot" instead of something at only one price unless it is so cheap and no one has bid on it yet. I set a rule as to a most I would pay and pay that if worst comes to worst. If I stay the only bidder, then great for me.

I love to find good deals! I won't buy anything full price! Not when you can get it on sale!! Why would you do that?!

Cheap whiskey! If we must drink there is no reason to go top shelf. After the first sip our taste buds are blasted and it's all the same to our liver after all.

This is a terrible trick but I knew a guy that was always upset his buddies drank his most expensive whisky all the time.
He went out and bought cheaper booze and poured it into the bottles of the expensive stuff. They never knew the difference..

Oh my god ahah! I can understand how he was annoyed that his friends drank his alcohol all the time... When I have a party at my house, I usually ask friends to bring alcohol, weed and cigarettes too, so they're not constantly on mine!

Life continues to throw these little wrenches into our lives that cost us a financial beating. Its always good to know to live frugally.

I'm trying to live pretty frugal right about now. We are in saving money mode and I'm not buying anything I don't need. I'm also working hard online to make a few bucks.

I have to be really frugal right now. I have literally 8 dollars to my name and am trying hard to earn some more online, but i ahd to close my bank account becaus eof so many false charges that I was being penalized every few days for somehting i did not do. I am living off of my friends/family until i find a job and can start earning some real money.

Wow, Ashley! That's really rough. Will you have a hard time switching bank accounts with PayPal, or are they going to work with you?

switching bank acounts with paypal is probably easier than trying to cancle a bank account, i removed the old account and then added my new bank account and it took then less than 24hours to verify the account

How do you get the most out of swagbucks? I have been on there for about a week, and I've only made about 100 points... I don't want to just keep giving out my email everywhere.

Surveys and search are the easiest way also tasking and encrave are easy as well . The best way is to get referrals .

If you have a smartphone, you can download the mobile tv app and this is an easy way to earn points. I also make sure to do the daily to do list everyday that is on the left hand side of the SB page.

I am trying to get a smart phone in order to use the mobile apps, when I had one before I made anywhere form 40-100 points through mobile alone. there are so mayn apps for SB

You can create a new email address specifically to use for those offers. Each day go to the special offers Radium One wall, sort by lowest to highest payout, then click on all the videos. You can do them all at once and after ~30 seconds they credit.

You can play Swagasauras Run x10 for 2sb every other game. Just open the game, after the ad plays, start the game, then it's over before you can blink.

You get 1sb x5 a day for surveys you are disqualified from.

Check your swag inbox for the occasional 2sb video.

Encrave videos are available all day.

The Read section under Discovery has new books each month, and you earn at least 30sb from those.

Check the Swag facebook page. People will post when they are getting search wins, and if you search when they post you have a higher chance of a search win too.

I have done all the read, I never try for search wins, I will go check out the game, I never realized that you actually win for playing games, I try the surveys about 2 times a month. I shoud try more often. I watch encrave and th watch section all day. Although I never really go to other offer walls beyond the home page lol. I will go check out radiom One now for sure

I watch their videos, not the Encrave ones, but their own and I do the surveys from time to time.

I aim to hit the daily gal on Sb to earn the bonus points nextmonth. it has been sooo slow for me lately but oh well anything is better than nothing

I love that frugal living is now normal. It used to be if you used coupons you were "cheap" and looked down on. Now everyone and their brother uses coupons.

I use coke reward points to get all the magazine subscriptions I want. My boyfriend's grandmother gives us coupons from the paper whenever we see her. Once we get our printer hooked up I'll start printing coupons, since you can find them online for everything. I use swagbucks daily and get 2-3 paypal giftcards a month that I use for groceries and my medications. Plus I can print coupons from there, which gives me points per coupon. Then our grocery store gives us gas points for every paper coupon redeemed.

So far, since may, with our store card we've saved almost $800 on groceries.

Every little bit helps. Oh being poor college kids.

I am on swagbucks as well and have been able to cash out for Paypal every 10 days. I am close to being able to cash out again. I am saving up for Christmas.

I wish I could get more than one paypal a month, i am lucky to even get one. It is so ahrd for me to earn on Sb without my phone

They recently reduced the apps again so SBTV is 36 and the others are only 18. Also they put in ads where you have to X out of them each time so it's really not worth doing the apps anymore. And it's 15 videos for 2sb.

The thing is I do houseworka nd just have the phone on the counter next to me and I can exit the pop up wheneveer need be, that doesnt bother me, it is hard to do all my earnigns off ym laptop alone it takes too long

Ashley, which mobile apps did you use for Swagbucks? I only have the Swagbucks TV one and don't know of any others.

All the squash, turnips, potatoes, onions, carrots and rutabagas I have put into my semi (root cellar) will save me money and provide good food all winter long.

I love the thrill saving money gives me . I have store loyalty card and have gotten so many free groceries. Now if only Canada had coupons like the U.S.A the I I would be able to get everything even cheaper. Lol.

Does Canada not have coupons in their newspaper? Can you print coupons from the internet and use them in stores?

You can print coupons from the internet and we have some coupons they usually come with the flyers but they have an expiration date and most news paper. The problem is that we don't have grocery coupons it mostly cleaners and such and you have to buy two or three to get 1.00 off. None of our stores double coupons either. And a lot of time you can't use another coupon with another promotional offer.

Oh, no food coupons! That is a really bad deal, I don't use a lot of food coupons but when I do find a coupon for a food item that I normally buy or have been wanting to try then I take full advantage of it.

I'm considered to be frugal and get a sort of high out of it as I won't spend money on anything without a coupon and it usually has to be on sale on top of that. I spend about three hours a day search for samples and other programs to save money and usually rush to the mailbox to see what samples I get during that day. Just got a free dog toy and a body wash lol

I have no choice but to live frugal and I am a happy camper with it. Yes, I miss things I would love to have but I can live without them. I garage sale and can get a lot of great deals and use coupons to shop loss leader sales.

I'm not sure if my family can be classified as frugal but we don't buy anything that we don't need. We buy comfortable clothes instead of the really expensive branded ones. We only have 4 pairs of shoes, leather, sports, sneakers and sandals. We only buy when a pair is broken. I rarely buy bags unless the one I am using is broken beyond repair and if there is a really sturdy yet cute bag that I see.

I try to live as frugally as possible, but when I want to treat myself, I keep a stash of gift cards on hand. There are several things I do on line to earn gift cards to places like Starbucks., I keep those around for when I want to go out for a latte, or something. I also have a stash of amazon cards that I've earned, and I'm saving those to buy Christmas gifts.

I love the idea of having a way to reward yourself. Always being frugal can get a little frustrating and sometimes you just want to splurge a little. I keep a stash of gift cards also but I tend to use them to but Christmas presents.

I love that idea as I usually look for ways to save money and get free first month box subscriptions, samples and amazon cards to reward myself. That's always one of the most important

I just don't spend basically. It;s not that I don't want to, everyone likes to have nice material items, I also use coupons, earn gift cards and use them and only purchase when items are on sale

i havent been able to start trying to do this way of living yet i will try fairly soonish! i hope that it will help improve mine and my hubbys life.

I love doing the coupons etc as I look at it as a way to save money and stretch my dollar to do something else that otherwise I wouldn't be able to afford to do. I even got a job working at a store I normally shop at to get employee discount in addition to useing coupons
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