What are the tips and tricks you’ve picked up over the years that have come in handy when buying goods and services.
I’ve read books like the tightwad gazette, but most of the tips involve things like reusing saran wrap or making your own christmas ornament hooks which never really appealed to me. I’m more interested in general ways to shop for deals.
As an example, you can buy hygiene products at a dollar store for far less than you’d pay at a department store. I got several bottles of generic 'lectric shave doing that for $1 each.
If you need to buy used electronics use craigslist, for new try fatwallet or slickdeals
Books can be had used on amazon or half.com. Or you want to wait and don’t need to own it, use the ILL program at the library.
Discount grocers (food4less, save-on, aldi, etc) sometimes have good deals on food
You can get discount donuts around 9pm at gas stations since they are about to throw them away. Some restaurants have good deals near closing since they are just going to throw the food away anyway. Food can be had for half off.
If you eat at a lot of fast food restaurants, buy coupons on ebay and use them (a lot of buy one get one free coupons may run $2). If you like a certain food item and buy it in bulk, buy a lot of coupons for it.
Colleges sometimes give out coupon books with things like $3 haircuts in them.
Goozex is great for getting movies and video games on the cheap. I’ve probably gotten 20 Xbox and PS2 games for under $50 doing that.
Stuff like that. Basically the most important tips you’ve found that let you buy goods/services you enjoy at a discount.
What have you found you can’t save money on? I can’t save money on gas, don’t know how. Unless I buy a better mpg car.
This is what I think about when other people are busy having sex or playing with their kids.