As I have told you, I have been busy purging my house of clutter and stuff that I don't use. I have an upcoming 99 cent Garage Sale in May and I’m getting stuff ready to sell. With purging comes extra space to organize and helps me to be more efficient.
With that being said, you can spend a ton of money on organizing products and at Bed Bath and Beyond, Container Store and Target. I am crazy about all things organizing, office supplies and sparkly things so I can spend a lot of time in those store aisles driving myself crazy.
Here is a simple DIY Dollar Tree Lazy Susan...no glue required (ha ha) and easy to do. All it takes is two of their metal round cake pans and marbles (sold in toy aisle) Total $3.00 and it works perfectly like Lazy Susans at other stores selling for $7.99. This would not only work in your spice cabinets but your bathroom too. And if you decide you want to reorganize at a later date and found you didn't need them, you can reuse the materials for some other purposes.
I hope this encourages you to get organizing ladies. This week I will be sharing with you the benefits of organizing your home and how it saves you money. Keep Frugal ladies!
Love ya , Heather
Good Morning Frugalistas!
This is not the original blog post that I was going to share with you. I have some hot insider news about Costco. This tip comes an inside source at the Lake in the Hills Store. I had bought a gorgeous sparkly jeweled lighted garland for my mantel at Christmas at Costco. It was truly a deal $36.99 it was so sparkly and when I looked at it I went to my special place inside my head where everything is SPARKLY. Well it stopped working and my heart cried “NO! Please…not my special sparkly mantel piece. I had kept the box and it said guaranteed for two years. With a sad heart I packed it up in the box only being able to share 4 months with my sparkle treasure. I thought I would return it to Costco. They were super nice and when I returned it, the Customer service person could see the disappointment on my face about my sparkle he said “it’s a shame you can't get another one”. As we talked about all things Sparkle and Christmas he told me that the day before Christmas that same sparkly, jeweled lighted mantel piece went down in price to $6.99! I said “How, What, Why… give me the 411 on this!”
Do you want an insider’s tip to when to do the best shopping at Christmas at Costco? YES YES YES ...he said each GM at Costco has some decision making power to lower prices especially when it comes to Holiday time products. He said the GM at this store doesn't want to hold onto the merchandise so the prices are dramatically cut...$50.00 Food/spa baskets are $2.97, $1.97. Toys are lashed down by 90 %. He said it starts 3 days before Christmas and goes all the way up to Christmas Eve night. I asked “Do you have any merchandise for after Christmas sales?” he said “NO, everything goes in those final days including video games marked down to $14.97 from $60.00. He even told me that being a Costco team member he went in extra early before his shift on those days to get the deals. Wow Frugalistas! Guess where I am going…Costco field trip on Dec. 23rd and 24th.
I hope you have been keeping it Frugal. Spring is here although it still doesn't feel like it we can tell from the April showers, it’s on it way. I love Spring for two reasons; nature reminds me that after a long winter there is life again with new buds blooming away and Easter celebrating our Risen Lord.
With Spring comes spring cleaning and my annual garage sale. For a couple of years, I gave up on hosting a garage sale because it just didn't seem worth it to me and we had alot of going on in the family. Stuff had piled up so last year, I jumped back into hosting a garage sale again. I came up with a new concept to garage sales and proposed the idea to my good friend Sharon (a very savvy business woman). She loved my idea and jumped on board and now I had a partner! Oh yeah! The concept was “The 99 Cent Garage Sale”...nobody wants to pay more than a buck for something. Seriously, think dollar store, people! With that being said, if you had something that was worth more you should sell it on Craigslist. For the most part, people want a bargain when they go to a garage sale. They will buy more stuff if you have it priced right.
Here’s where garage sale hosts’ get hung up on the most; they think about what they paid for the item and they want to get some of that money back. Let me share some tough love with you. You already spent the money on the stuff a long time ago and you will not recoup the lost money. What you can recoup is space and organization by getting rid of it and a organized mind which you can only get by decluttering.
The 99 cent Garage Sale was a huge success! Why because we had the right mind set. We would never get back what we paid for items and therefore the only purpose of this sale was to move it out of our house. We kept it simple by only putting two different colored dots on the items to show who the sellers were. The pricing was easy; 99 cents! We cleaned everything for sale and made the items sparkle. We organized the garage sale so everything was in the correct category. We also provided free treats, lemonade and had a free box of stuff for kids to go through while Mom was shopping. There are lots of tips and tricks for successful hosting a garage sale and I will share that the Ladies Night Out Event May 22nd.
I am all about buying things at garage sales which is the Frugalista way to saving money and making every dollar count. I love going to garage sales to find a hidden treasure. Its super fun and you can find great things for your home, kids and wardrobe. You are being frugal because you didn't pay full price at a store. Be willing to make a deal when you see a bunch of clothes in your daughters/sons size. Offer a bulk price like $20.00 for the lot of clothing. Huge savings can be had if you a willing to see the big picture. A new kid’s shirt, just one, at Target range from $8.99 to $12.99. Buy a bag or box of clothes for $15.00 to $20.00 …that’s the frugal way. The garage sale host/hostess will love you for taking the stuff off their hands and will appreciate your savviness. When we were asked why we’re selling everything for 99 cents, we told our customers that we love a bargain just like anyone else. They loved it and appreciated our honesty and sincerity.
Spring cleaning, here I come. I am going through closets, cabinets, my crawl space and basement to get stuff ready for my 2015 99 cent Garage Sale! What we don't sell we donate to Bethesda, Savers or Goodwill.
Keep it Frugal Ladies...Love ya!
Americans spent $9.7 Billion on Cleaning Products in 2014 ...that's incredible! ..Frugalistas spend $4.00!
The next two on the list can work together to clean most everything. Great Value Baking Soda has so many uses that can save you money on everything from cleaning and disinfecting your entire house including your carpets to cleaning your teeth, facial scrub / mask. It’s a money saving power house product!
Heinz All Natural Cleaning Vinegar - it is different from the food vinegar. Cleaning Vinegar has 10 % acidity. This has replaced almost all the cleaners in my house. Simply put it in a spray bottle and you can clean everything from grease to toilet bowls and windows too. Combine the Baking Soda and Vinegar and you will hear the chemical reaction of this cleaning power house. I use it on my stove top, grill grates, bathroom tubs and toilets…the list goes on and on. Americans spent $9.7 Billion on Cleaning Products in 2014 ...that's incredible! Frugalistas spend $4.00!
Let’s talk plastic bags. I have a love hate relationship with them. I love them because they are convenient and hate them because they cost too much. I do use Freezer gallon bags and I do wash them and reuse them. But for everyday refrigerator use I use the Great Value Twist Tie Bags 100 bags- $2.88. They work great because I am able to squeeze air out of them better before I tie them which means my food stays fresher longer. You can use them in the freezer. I buy in bulk and portion out my meat at home and use the twist tie bag to squeeze the air out then bag it inside a Freezer Zipper Bag.
My next plastic bag savings comes from my most awesome friend Barb ...who gave me these to try. They are perfect for two reasons; Great Price and Portion control! Great Value Double Zipper Portion Pack - 80 bags for $2.48. We all need a little help with portion control especially when it comes to snacks. I find these to be super helpful when packing lunches for my son.
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