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Six Things to Never Pay More Than a Dollar For December 6, 2010

There are some things that I absolutely refuse to pay more than $1 for and you may wonder why. I have two primary reasons: (1) they go on sale regularly and (2) they are stockpile items. What does the latter mean? This means that I can buy many of these items at one time and they will last for awhile. As you see, these two rules aren’t applicable to everything on this list but they are applicable for most things. Here are six things I never pay more than $1.00 for—with one exception. šŸ™‚

 

Eggs – I will not pay more than $1 for eggs. Eggs go on sale regularly and will last for 1-2 months after you purchase them. Today I bought Grade A Large Eggs at Walgreens that were $1 per dozen. I bought two dozen because I had a coupon for $0.55 off two dozen eggs. Now that coupon is a rare find but finding eggs for a dollar isn’t. If I was absolutely desperate for eggs, you might find me willing to spend $1.50 but I have only had to do that once in the past six months. This was the one exception I mentioned above but it is also the one thing I can’t really stockpile.

 

Pasta – Boxes of pasta regularly go on sale for $1 or less. If you are slightly more health conscious, I often find whole grain Barilla pasta on sale. If you’re not particular, you can easily find them for $0.88/box. And when you do, STOCK UP. You do not even need to cook half a box of pasta for one person and pasta will last forever. (<—Understood hyperbole inserted here.)

 

Pasta Sauce – Again, pasta sauces regularly go on sale for $0.88-$1.00. You can buy the canned stuff but I prefer the jars. I have found some sauces to be more watered down than others but overall, I find that I can get brands that I love on sale. I always stockpile my sauce alongside my pasta.

 

Canned Tuna – Tuna is on sale more often than any of the abovementioned items. Tuna is regularly on sale for $0.69-$0.99/can depending on the brand and type. Light tuna is usually cheaper than regular tuna but sometimes not by much. For a healthier option, stick to the water, even though we all know it tastes better in oil.

 

English Muffins – More than ever I have seen English Muffins on sale—a 6-pack for $1.00. Thus, I often find myself buying 12-packs for $1.99. Recently I received coupons from Thomas so I was able to get a 12-pack for $1.00. What do I do? I freeze them! You can easily defrost them when you’re ready to eat them but just keep an eye on them—if they’re in the freezer for too long, they may start to shrink. Otherwise, I don’t have a problem with freezing them.

 

Canned Vegetables – Let me make this clear: I will never buy vegetables if I cannot get TWO cans for $1.00. For the most part, I stick to corn but if your palate isn’t as particular as mine, you can probably stretch that even further. These are very quick and easy sides for so many meals and they are an absolute staple.

 

Stay cheap my friends!

 

Cheapskate Coupon Challenge: Week One Round-Up November 13, 2010

I decided to update my list of the coupons I have received as of this week. If I received something from the company, IĀ  bolded the name. If it was a coupon success, I underlined the word success for your ease visually. Hopefully I have more to add next week!

 

Aleve (Bayer)

Amy’s Kitchen

Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight Co.)

Arrid (Church & Dwight Co.)

Aunt Jemima (Quaker Oats Company)

Aussie (Procter & Gamble)

Ball Park Franks (Sara Lee Corporation)

Birds Eye

Burt’s Bees

Bush’s Beans ā€“ Success! A nice letter along with four coupons: two save .55 on any two cans of Bush’s Best Beans and two .55 off any size/variety of Bush’s Baked Beans.

Cabot Cheese ā€“ Success! They sent me some information about their products, some recipes and two coupons for $1.00 off any two Cabot products.

Cape Cod Chips

Carmex (Carma Laboratories)

Carnation Instant Breakfast (Nestle)

Carolina Rice (Riviana Foods)

Celestial Seasonings

Cetaphil (Galderma Laboratories)

Cheez-It (Kellogg)

Clif Bar

Crisco (J.M. Smucker)

Country Crock (Unilever) ā€“ Success! A nice letter and a holiday recipe collection. Included a booklet of coupons for savings between .50-$1.00 on Bertolli Frozen Products, Breyers Ice Cream, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Helmann’s, Lipton Tea, Wish-Bone Salad Dressings, Degree Anti-Perspirant, Dove Bar/Body Wash, Ponds Towelettes, Q-Tips, Suave and Vaseline.

Dannon Yogurt (Dannon Company)

Del Monte (Pounce, Meow Mix, Del Monte Veggies)

Dial (Henkel) ā€“ Success! $0.40 off any Renuzit product except candles, $0.35 off any Dial product, $0.35 off any Soft & Dri product, $0.50 off any Liquid or Dry Purex Detergent, $0.50 off any Soft Scrub product and $0.35 off any Right Guard product. *Note: Company also stated in their letter that I could contact them for coupons every three months.

Domino Sugar (Domino Foods)

Dunkin Donuts

Eggland’s Best

Ellio’s (McCain Foods)

El Monterey (Ruiz Foods)

Energizer

Eveready

Fleichmann’s ActiveDry Yeast (ACH Foods) ā€“ Success! I had actually complained that one of my packets did not cause a reaction whereas my other ones did. (I had done the same recipe.) I got a coupon for one free 3-strip ActiveDry Yeast.

Friskies (Nestle)

Frito-Lay (*Do not recall what specifically I wrote about to them—probably Lay’s or Doritos.)

Hebrew National (ConAgra)

Heckers Flour ā€“ Fail! I did not get any coupons but I did receive a booklet of recipes for whole wheat rolls, breads, bagels, pizza, cookies, muffins and coffee cake, which I felt was a nice gesture.

Hostess (Spoke about Mini Muffins, Donettes and 100 calorie packs—IBC)

Hungry Man (Pinnacle)

Hunt’s (ConAgra)

Ivory (Procter & Gamble)

Jif (J.M. Smucker)

Johnsonville Sausage

Jolly Time (American Pop Corn Company)

Kleenex (Kimberly-Clark)

Kozy Shack

Liquid Plumr (Clorox Company)

McCain Potatoes (McCain Foods)

Mrs. Dash (Alberto-Culver) ā€“ Success! They sent me a nice letter, two sample packets and two coupons for .50 off my next purchase. They also generously included a small booklet of healthy recipes.

Old El Paso (Betty Crocker)

Olivio

Pace Salsa (CSC Brands)

Pam (ConAgra Foods)

Pantene (Procter & Gamble)

Pepsi (PepsiCo)

Polly-O (Kraft)

Quaker Oats (Quaker Oats)

Ragu (Unilever)

SCJohnson (*Do not recall all products discussed. Scrubbing Bubbles was probably one of them.) Success! Scrubbing Bubbles must have been the product I complemented because I received a coupon for a free product up to $3.50. SCJohnson also sent me a little booklet with additional coupons: two more coupons for Scrubbing Bubbles products ($3.00 & $1.50 for a Power Sprayer starter kit and Power Sprayer refill, respectively), $2.00 off any Pledge/Armstrong floor cleaner, .50 off any Windex Multi-Surface cleaning product, .50 off any Ziploc brand bags, $1.00 off any Shout Color Catcher, $3.00 off any Glade Sense & Spray starter kit, $1.00 off any Glade Relaxing Moments Collection, $1.00 off any Glade Tough Odor Solutions, $2.00 off any OFF! Clip-on kit, and $4.00 off any Raid Max Bug Barrier starter.

Shady Brook Farms (Cargill Meat Solutions)

Simple Green (Sunshine Makers) Success! I believe I actually asked them for a sample and they sent me a plastic spray bottle, a small bottle of concentrated solution and very short instructions on diluting it. They also sent me a $2.00 coupon. This was the first thing I got and they sent it first class mail. Thanks Simple Green! You are awesome!

Sorrento (Lactalis)

Snyder’s

Splenda (McNeil Nutritionals) ā€“ Success! I just want to say that this company is completely awesome! They sent me a giant stirring spoon with the Kool-Aid face on it. They sent me a TON of recipes, 3-4 booklets of them. They also sent me four $1 off coupons on any Benecol spread as well as a giant magnet for Splenda conversions and three $1 off any Splenda product.

Stacy’s Pita Chips (Frito-Lay)

Starkist

St. Ives

Stonyfield

Suave (Unilever)

Super Pretzel (J&J)

Sweet Baby Rays

Tetley Tea

Thomas’ English Muffins (Bimbo Bakeries) ā€“ Success! Two coupons for me to save $1.00 on any Thomas’ product.

Tidy Cats (Nestle)

TRESemme (Alberto-Culver)

Tropicana

Turkey Hill

Unilever (Other products I cannot recall.)

White Castle

Wonder Bread (HBI)

YoPlait

Zatarain’s

 

*I would just like to also mention Renuzit, who mailed me a coupon after I could not print one out from their site. Thank you Renuzit!

 

Cheapskate Coupon Challenge: Companies Contacted November 12, 2010

Below I have compiled the list of companies I have contacted thus far. Please keep in mind that many of these companies are owned by one overarching company. For example, P&G and ConAgra own many of the products that I contacted. Some of these I was able to recall and mention—others I was not. For ease, I put all of them in alphabetical order.

*NOTE: I will update this list if I continue to contact companies. Check the date to see when I added them.

Aleve (Bayer)

Amy’s Kitchen

Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight Co.)

Arrid (Church & Dwight Co.)

Aunt Jemima (Quaker Oats Company)

Aussie (Procter & Gamble)

Ball Park Franks (Sara Lee Corporation)

Birds Eye

Burt’s Bees

Bush’s Beans

Cabot Cheese

Cape Cod Chips

Carmex (Carma Laboratories)

Carnation Instant Breakfast (Nestle)

Carolina Rice (Riviana Foods)

Celestial Seasonings

Cetaphil (Galderma Laboratories)

Cheez-It (Kellogg)

Clif Bar

Crisco (J.M. Smucker)

Country Crock (Unilever)

Dannon Yogurt (Dannon Company)

Del Monte (Pounce, Meow Mix, Del Monte Veggies)

Dial (Henkel)

Domino Sugar (Domino Foods)

Dunkin Donuts

Eggland’s Best

Ellio’s (McCain Foods)

El Monterey (Ruiz Foods)

Energizer

Eveready

Fleichmann’s ActiveDry Yeast (ACH Foods)

Friskies (Nestle)

Frito-Lay (*Do not recall what specifically I wrote about to them—probably Lay’s or Doritos.)

Hebrew National (ConAgra)

Heckers Flour

Hostess (Spoke about Mini Muffins, Donettes and 100 calorie packs—IBC)

Hungry Man (Pinnacle)

Hunt’s (ConAgra)

Ivory (Procter & Gamble)

Jif (J.M. Smucker)

Johnsonville Sausage

Jolly Time (American Pop Corn Company)

Kleenex (Kimberly-Clark)

Kozy Shack

Liquid Plumr (Clorox Company)

McCain Potatoes (McCain Foods)

Mrs. Dash (Alberto-Culver)

Old El Paso (Betty Crocker)

Olivio

Pace Salsa (CSC Brands)

Pam (ConAgra Foods)

Pantene (Procter & Gamble)

Pepsi (PepsiCo)

Polly-O (Kraft)

Quaker Oats (Quaker Oats)

Ragu (Unilever)

SCJohnson (*Do not recall all products discussed. Scrubbing Bubbles was probably one of them.)

Shady Brook Farms (Cargill Meat Solutions)

Simple Green (Sunshine Makers)

Sorrento (Lactalis)

Snyder’s

Splenda (McNeil Nutritionals)

Stacy’s Pita Chips (Frito-Lay)

Starkist

St. Ives

Stonyfield

Suave (Unilever)

Super Pretzel (J&J)

Sweet Baby Rays

Tetley Tea

Thomas’ English Muffins (Bimbo Bakeries)

Tidy Cats (Nestle)

TRESemme (Alberto-Culver)

Tropicana

Turkey Hill

Unilever

White Castle

Wonder Bread (HBI)

YoPlait

Zatarain’s

 

Sakariasen’s Cheapskate Blog October 28, 2010

Hello!

I decided, after having a rather lengthy conversation with myself, that I am miserly. Yes, that’s right. I’m cheap. I am synonymous with anything of the following terms you might have come across in your lifetime: cheap, frugal, thrifty, parsimonious, close-fisted, penny-pinching, tightfisted, stingy, cheapskate, and more seriously, penurious, impecunious, or just flat-out poor.

I was living comfortably. And now, not so much. So I decided to delve into the world of cheap.

Join me!