Finding Hidden Money

Okay, so not everyday does one get to score a zippered purse full of cash while rummaging through old boxes in the basement.  It was my late mother-in-law’s stuff we had packed up from when she lived with us.  The woman had a penchant for hiding money which means I’ll be ripping up the floor boards as soon as I’m done with this post!

But coming across a score like this is few and far between so I’ve compiled several ways we can find hidden cash in our everyday lives:

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Frugal Tip – Request Coupons For Products You Love

Purchasing brand names at the grocery store is not mandatory for me.  As a matter of fact, some of the store brand products are just as good – as well as cheaper – than the manufacturer.  However, there are some major brands that hub and I use/enjoy to which the store/generic brand just don’t compare.  And, as a couponer, I loathe, detest, despise – and, in some cases – refuse to pay full price for something.  And if it isn’t on sale and/or I don’t at least have a coupon under .99 (which automatically double in my two major grocery stores) to offset the full cost, it makes me ill.

So what happens when coupons for products we frequently use are few and far between?

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Don’t Toss That Receipt!

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As a minimalist, I’m prone to something my semi-hoarding hub loathes.  I toss stuff out.  I’m not just talking garbage, but, like, mail before I even open it.  Oh, I know it’s junk, but he doesn’t think it is.  He saves EVERTHING – even the envelopes after he open’s something.  If I didn’t toss stuff out behind his back our home would be a candidate for Hoarders.

And, until last summer, I had been the same with receipts.  Whether I paid cash, debit or credit, once I had the merchandise home, unbagged and stored the receipt got tossed.  The only receipts that got a longer life expectancy were for clothing purchases because I don’t try on stuff at the store.  But once I got home, put it on, give it the okay, rip off the tags and hang it up the receipt is history.  But that has all changed as I’m beginning to treat these precious little pieces of paper as a monitor of not only my spending habits, but to track past pricing and even take advantage of the little Easter eggs they provide waaaay at the bottom.

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Not-So-Extreme Couponing

 

 

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If you’ve even seen Extreme Couponing, then you know the drill.  An individual who is addicted (and I use that term lightly) to clipping coupons in an attempt to spend hundreds of dollars at the grocery store and walk away only paying about $15 (and in some cases, even that’s too much!) We watch them lift newspapers off their neighbor’s front porches, have their children go door-to-door and even dumpster dive for discarded coupon inserts.  I even saw one woman who worked at a car dealership wait until after hours to print off multiple coupons from her co-workers work stations (because they allow 2 coupons to be printed per ISP).  With 8 work stations that 16 coupons she can get for the same item.

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