Here are a few more ways to save significant amounts of money from the new book by Jeff Yeager called Cheapskate Next Door.
-Cut pieces of foam insulating board to fit windows in the winter and put them in at night or when you’re away to save a fortune on heat.
-Save big money on a car rental by helping auto transport companies relocate vehicles. Lay down a deposit and they’ll provide a vehicle and tank of gas for approved drivers.
-Over a lifetime you’ll save about 5,000 gallons of gas and $30,000 or more by driving only cars with manual transmissions.
-Dry cleaning is a $9 billion a year business in the United States, loaded with toxic chemicals. According to an article in Consumer Reports, “Dry-cleaning isn’t the only way to safely clean garments labeled dry-clean only, and other methods might even do a better job.”
Here are a few belt-tightening culinary tips from the new book The Cheapskate Next Door by Jeff Yeager:
-Order only tap water with your meal when you go out to eat. Beverages are typically marked up 300 to 600 percent. Ordering water only will save you about $800 a year.
-Put box-wine into premium label bottles and no one will know the difference. Check AccidentalWine.com for for up to a 40% discount on premium bottles with cosmetic packaging imperfections.
-If you use a crock-pot once a week for eight hours, it will only use 30 cents of electricity a month, making cheap, tough cuts of meat fork-tender.
-Choose to host brunch, giving everyone their own quart-size ziplock bag and a serving tray of tasteful omelet ingredients. Add a couple of eggs and boil all for fourteen minutes for perfect custom omelets, saving you $100 over a sit down dinner.
-CouponMom.com proposes “cutting your grocery bill in half” with downloadable coupons and a state-by-state grocery coupon database. Owner Stephanie Nelson estimates her regular site users save $2,000 per year.
The constant struggle to find the best deals keeps the Frugal Librarian indoors, as does a general disdain of people. The perfect solution…online shopping. Woot has focused on single deals for some time. Launched just a couple days ago, however, is a companion site, deals.woot.com. If you want a product in general, such as an iPod Nano, type it in and count on the fact the returns are input by the thousands of ravenous altruistic online dealhounds out there as opposed to a computerized best guess. They’re kind of like cataloging librarians solely focused on the categorization and classification of retail savings. And if you take it for a spin, you’ll see they are really good at it.
Focus on deals.woot.com as a pretty good site to fill out your list. You’ll get the cream of the crop from all the online deal sites in one condensed, easy to use, accurate package. You’ll beat your fellow shopper using competitive intelligence, and the mailman will like the business from delivering your packages. And you don’t even have to brush your teeth or put on shoes.
Let’s get stingy with it… The frugal librarian is also too lazy to leave the house to find value.
Become a regular checker of, or subscribe to the RSS feed of slickdeals and dealhack. These sites have user-submitted deals that are RED hot on hundreds of merchants. We’re not talking “save 10%” kinds of stuff. Ridiculously low blowouts that require action within a few days. So if there’s a knickknack for which you’ve been on the fence for a couple months or something you’re kind of interested in, keep it the back of your mind and wait for it to come across these sites
And for the one-two cheapskate combo punch, check retailmenot and currentcodes for the secret codes you enter while buying to get additional discounts. Well, they were secrets before astute shoppers or those that subscribe to those merchants insider deals newsletters leaked them to all us common folk altruistically.
Too phobic to shop online? Completely understand. Most of the insurance companies out there are offering packages for online identity protection and peace of mind. $2-$3 a month for $30,000 in coverage is pretty reasonable. Shoot, you’ll probably save twice that in gas and time getting dressed.
A lot of people buy new computers at the moment of need. See, that’s what “the man” wants you to do…purchase from an uninformed and vulnerable position. You’ll deal with their markup because you’re brokedown.
It’s not enough to visit more than one brick and mortar store or check out two major chains’ weekly specials. Look into refurbs and save a ridiculous amount of money.
Refurbs are returned goods that have supposedly been restored to good-as-new condition. According to technology consulting firm Accenture, more than 2/3rds of electronics returned to retailers meet manufacturer’s specifications, but simply not the consumer’s expectations. Just because someone else gave up after turning the item on or didn’t like a scuff mark on front, why be picky in the face of huge savings?
Refurbs come in all varieties of electronics, even the highly-touted IPod, and even have refund and return guarantees. Stick with a well-known company, however.
Target – pre-owned electronics
Geeks.com – computers (I got a great computer this fall for $229, shipping included)
Dell Factory outlet
Sony retail outlet
Amazon Warehouse Deals
This brand new bi-monthly publication from the makers of Consumer Reports magazine has the slogan “no hype, no ads, just great buys.” It looks like the result of a crossbreeding between Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping, and Hints from Heloise.
For example, there are a lot of luxury items out there where name and branding is everything, since the average John Q. Spender knows nothing about the product and there is ridiculous markup.
When it came to wine, Consumer Reports put their best experts in the lab and tore off the labels. The results is one of the test’s white wine winners costing $5…the Frontrera 2007 from Chile.
Some products also claimed to be bargains or money savers and were junk. Enjoy a list of products to avoid.
Here’s a no-brainer on how to get it…check the latest issue out for free from the Davenport Public Library!