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10 Ways to Save Some Serious Money

Published on July 8, 2009 by   ·   18 Comments Pin It

You are free not to spend. You’re not obligated to spend money on things you cannot afford. Throwing a BBQ? Make it a potluck. Another friend had a baby? Buy that organic gift set for $19.99 — not the $130 infant swing. It’s okay to not be able to afford something. In fact, we dare we say it’s chic to be frugal. Hip to be strapped.   MP Dunleavey, personal finance journalist extraordinaire, shares how she handles talking herself into and out of buying large gifts she can’t afford in“Admitting When You Can’t Afford It.”   (via: dailyworth.com) In O Magazine, Tara Weiss shared “25 Ways to Save a Bundle.

Here are some of our favorite money saving tips below, using some of Tara’s fantastic ideas;

10 Ways to Save Some Serious Money

10 Ways to Save Some Serious Money

  1. Use coupons:   Use sites like retailmenot.com and our very own cheapskates section for percentages off ALL your purchases in person or online.  Only a fool pays full retail.   Love couture, but currently on a budget?   Join sites like Gilt.com and Hautelook.com for online sample sales from your favorite a list designers.   Or join shopittome.com to be notified when your favorite designer goods are on sale.   Hit up your local designer resale, vintage, and overstock stores for the best deals.
  2. Barter, exchange, and barter! I bet your hairstylist may just be open to a freebie if you offer to update her website or babysit her kid.   People are usually way more open to exchanges than you may think.   Think of what you have to offer (everyone has something!) and offer it up for what you need.
  3. Free lipstick? Look for freebies, they do exist!   For example, mac make up gives you a free lipstick or gloss of your choice in their “Back to Mac” Program when you return 6 empty mac containers for recyling!   Also, if you are a performer, photographer, beauty professional, or do anything on air/ publically, you may be eligable for their PPID card which gets you 30% off all mac products!   Sign up to get a mac pro card here.
  4. Cheap travel is aplenty: Spirit Airlines has a $9 fare club!   For $39.95 a year membership, you can get the cheapest fares you’ve ever seen ($3 to the Carribean, anyone?!)!
  5. Budget beauty: Every high end salon and beauty school in your area has a training program where you can get massages, hair color, make up application, waxing, even acupuncture from students (overseen by supervisors) for super duper cheap – if not free!   Bumble & Bumble’s Model School gets you incredible color, cut, styling, and blow outs for free.   Contact your dream salon, go ahead think big, and ask them if they accept models for training stylists.   Confucious says, they do.
  6. Don’t sacrifice your taste buds: Restaurant.com let’s you buy dining certificates all over the US at a serious discount. Also, look out for your towns local Restaurant Week.   Twice a year, in January and June/July in New York City, the priciest restaurants in town offer a three-course lunch for $24.07 (& some even offer dinner for $35). Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try out a restaurant that may usually be out of your budget, or test some new restaurants with a little less financial risk.
  7. Recycling pays!: Staples gives you $3 back for each ink cartrdige you bring back in to them, and sites like Gazelle.com will pay you for your old electronics and gadgets! They even pay for shipping!
  8. Use reward cards: Let your Boyfriend laugh at you when you pull out that CVS discount card, those little points add up to big rewards!  It’s not uncommon for us to get a $10 coupon at Duane Reade from using our card, and we can use it to buy two tubes of Tom’s of Maine toothpaste!  Other places that offer rewards cards; airlines (we’ve gotten 2 free flights already!), supermarkets, restaurants, and definitely manicurists (many spots get you a free mani after 10 paid ones).   They only work if you work ’em, so don’t leave home without them.
  9. Deals on wheels: Need to bust a move but don’t have the moolah to fork over for a down payment? Consider taking over someone else’s lease.   Sites like swapalease.com and leasetrader.com match leaseholders with people who need cars.  Pass the credit app, and you are in there like swimwear.
  10. Let me entertain you: Forget about those $10 per ticket movies at crowded theaters where people yap and smack gum… stick with movies on tv, netflix, and your friends borrowed dvds.   Most movies suck anyway, may as well have ’em suck while you are cozy at home. Read your local weekly rag to scout free concerts in the park, and wait on the half off line when hitting a Broadway show. Dying for some new music?   Go old school and have your friends make you mix CD’s that you can then trade or giveaway once you’ve downloaded.

Where there is a will to live fabulously on a dime, there is a way!!!

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Readers Comments (18)

  1. kimsy says:

    Wow, thanks! I am all about saving money! :)

  2. elaine says:

    LOVE this post. Thanks so much for it!

  3. JDB says:

    it’s nice to have a reminder that there are so many ways to save money. I’m even thinking of having a stoop sale and getting rid of all of my old stuff just to pay down credit and save.

    Thanks again

  4. Sara says:

    Just added this to my favorites, thank you!

    I would also suggest ebay!

  5. Galia Myron says:

    Great ideas! I also like to check out dvds from my local library. They have a great selection of classic, foreign, and even a section for new movies. :)

  6. kimsy says:

    @Galia I’m all about my local library! The selection at my particular location is less-than-stellar, but there are still some good picks. And it’s free! :D

  7. Ariela says:

    I totally needed this! I’m glad it’s now hipped to be strapped, because I am strapped to the max. I’ll be using these tips especially the travel one…sunny beaches here I come (3 bucks in hand!)

  8. Great ideas. Love them. I have another great one, Don’t Let Your Gossip Rags Break the Bank

  9. Lara says:

    I really needed to read this. I simply love these ideas :)

  10. Marisa says:

    Thanks for these. I’ve gotten free cuts at Bumble & Bumble’s hair school…and Arrojo’s too. Definitely a great deal!

  11. Chrissie Eden Vazquez says:

    Sensible advice.

  12. Brian says:

    The link to the “super cute gift set for $19.99” didn’t work for me. Any advice?

  13. frankcut says:

    dont for get to check retailmenot couponcabin tjoos and alodeals.com

  14. Malextemtax says:

    I highly enjoyed reading your post, keep up posting such exciting stuff.

  15. My Buse says:

    Great blog post. My relatives experienced almost the same when they were looking for Wicked Tickets. I mentioned to them to Buy Wicked Tickets from BuyWickedTickets . net

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