As promised, it’s time to feature more of your savings tips. Readers of this column sent all of the following ideas to me. While this batch doesn’t specifically involve coupons, there are some good ideas here for saving money in many areas of life. Dear Jill: While reading today’s column, I was reminded of something my grandmother used to do.
In a recent column, I featured a list of ultra-frugal savings tips – some of which had me asking myself, “Is this really the best way to save money?” I enjoy featuring reader emails regularly in this column and I feel there’s value in sharing others’ views and ideas. That said, many of my readers disagreed with some of the extreme tips shared by reader Dana.
A few weeks ago, I printed a reader’s email that contained some unusual suggestions on how to save money. Many of these suggestions ventured into the realm of the extreme. My readers were quick to send their own responses to some of the dubious savings tips. One tip, in particular, ignited a firestorm of replies from my readers – the suggestion that one should take extra condiments from fast food restaurants to use at home. For the record, I’d like to state that this is not a money saving “tip” with which I agree. Neither did my readers.
Does it matter if you print coupons in color or in black ink? It doesn’t – your coupons are valid either way. However, if you choose to print in black ink, your printed coupons may resemble photocopies at first glance. This may cause cashiers to question whether or not your coupons are legitimate prints or unauthorized copies. Dear Jill: I have a question for you regarding printing coupons. I always print in black ink because it’s cheaper than colored ink, and lately every time I try to use my coupons at Walmart they always tell me it’s not scanning and they cannot accept it.
Do you use printable coupons often? I do, and a phrase I’ve been seeing more often on my printable coupons is “available at” followed by a store name. If a coupon’s text states that something is “available at” or “redeemable at” can you use the coupon at a different store? Dear Jill: I use online coupon websites quite frequently and am having a small problem. More and more of the coupons on the site have text that declares the product is “available at” or the coupon is “redeemable at” a specific store.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that “reality television” is often anything but real. While the television show “Extreme Couponing” was canceled two years ago, it lives on in syndication. Whenever it airs in reruns, readers write with questions about what they’re seeing on TV. Dear Jill: I was watching “Extreme Couponing” on TV the other day.
Last week I discussed some pet savings tips related to adopting pets. As always, my readers have been busy sending in their own pet savings tips too: Dear Jill: No matter what kind of stuffed toys we get for our dog, she always ends up tearing them apart. I have given up and now buy stuffed animals at our local thrift store for 50 cents each. She can have her fun, and I’m no longer spending $5 or more on a toy that might last only a few weeks. One thing to keep in mind though is you have to watch for bedbugs in anything upholstered you buy at a thrift store.
According to a recent survey by the Humane Society of the United States, 62 percent of American households own at least one pet. Pet owners spend more than $50 billion per year on their pets, too. Certainly, that’s a lot of money. How can we save more money on our furry, feathered and scaled pet friends? Dear Jill: One tip I’ve seen before is “don’t buy dogs that have to be groomed.” More importantly, don’t BUY dogs or any pets.
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