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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Frugal Tip of the Day 5/31/2012 Don't Go to the Movies


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Today's frugal tip is going to make a lot of movie theater's angry! Don't go to the movies! Wait for it to come out on Redbox or Blockbuster Express. Now, before you start sending me hate mail about how there is nothing quite like going to the movies let me say, I get it! I love going to the movies! It's awesome having the loud speakers and the theater filled with people reacting to the same thing you're reacting to and nothing can compare to that huge screen!! However, when you are trying to save money it really is difficult to explain why spending $10-$15 per ticket is worth it when you can get a Redbox or Blockbuster Express rental for $1 or $2 (sometimes FREE).

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Frugal Tip of the Day 5/30/12


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by delaying gratification. If there is something you want, but don't need right away don't buy it. Put it back on the shelf and leave. If you still want it really badly see if you can find a coupon or wait for it to go on sale. Never pay full price. Odds are you will get home and realize the thing you wanted would have just been an impulse purchase and you might have regretted buying it. So, delay gratification and save money!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/29/12 Lower Your Rates on Credit Cards


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Tuesday 5/29 Save money on interest for credit cards by simply requesting a lower interest rate! Personally I did this with two of my cards. I managed to talk my way into interest rates from 21% down to 6% on one card and from 17% down to 4% on another. How? First, I paid my bill on time every single month. Second, I requested to be part of the economic hardship program. At the time I was low on clients and my husband and I were making less money so we asked what programs were available for us. You never know what is available until you ask!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/28 Meatless Monday


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Monday 5/28 Try a meatless Monday! Meat is expensive and opting to go meat free can save you money. There are all kinds of recipes on all kinds of websites. Check out the favorite recipes link on MeatlessMonday.com

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/27 Use Toothpaste for More Than Teeth


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Sunday 5/27 Use toothpaste for more than just brushing your teeth. Use it to polish jewelry, shine your shoes and to defog a mirror. See the full list of uses for toothpaste HERE

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/26/12 Go to the Flea Market


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Saturday 5/26  Buy random stuff at the flea market! Save money on things by simply purchasing them at the flea market instead of going to the store. I found a brand new toilet brush and holder for less than $1, new kitchen towels 2 for $1 and a pack of 100 clothes pins for $2!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Military Freebies for Memorial Day 2012

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I found some military freebies being offered for Memorial Day Weekend and posted them to the website I work on for About.com. Check out the full list of freebies for military personnel HERE!!!

Frugal Tip 5/25/2012 Make Your Own Rug Grip


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by using an old mouse pad as a rug grip. If your doormats won't stay put, cut an old mouse pad into four squares and hot glue the pieces onto the four corners of the mat's underside. The mouse pad will grip the floor and it won't slip anymore! Bonus tip- See if you can get a FREE mouse pad if you are at home or business expos. This tip was found in First for Women Magazine (issue 3/5/12)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/24/2012 Shop Off Season


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by shopping off season! Wait until fall to buy summer clothes, wait until summer to buy spring clothes, wait until spring to buy winter clothes. You get the idea. Current season clothes go on sale right before the next season begins. I got a swimsuit 75% off by waiting until the end of the summer! I also got adorable tank tops from Kohl's for $2 each last fall! My husband got a really awesome leather jacket for around $50 marked down from over $200 in the spring!!

What's the best deal you ever got on clothes? Chime in!


Free Yoga Class in Hills. Co. - Thursday Freebies

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Hillsborough County residents are welcome to attend free Yoga classes on Thursdays in May at the Jan Platt Public Library. Details below:


Yoga 101: Intro to Yoga for Adults
Start Time: 12:15 PM
End Time: 1:15 PM
Library: Jan Kaminis Platt located at 3910 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa, FL 33611
Location: Witt Community Room
Description: Yoga is an activity that can help heal the mind, body and soul. In this one-hour class, Erin Wheeler of Lucky Cat Yoga introduces adults to yoga. Participants will learn basic yoga postures and pranayama (yogic breathing). The class is moderately paced, allowing participants to leave with lots of energy. Participants should wear athletic or comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel and a bottle of water.
Other: Funded by the Friends of the Jan Platt Library.
Register by phone:  (813) 273-3652

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/23/2012 Use Safety Pins


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by using safety pins.

Fix a broken zipper pull. If you are anything like me the zipper on your clothes, wallets and purses are always the first to go. Simply add a safety pin to it as a makeshift zipper pull.

Losing weight but don't want to buy lots of clothes while you lose? Do what I did while I was on the Dr. Lara diet! While I was dropping weight I extended the life of my clothes that were getting too big by adding safety pins to the sides to make them smaller.

Gaining weight from pregnancy? Extend the life of your jeans by safety pinning your pants closed. A friend I had would slip the bigger safety pins through the button hole and pin it a few inches away from the button. This gave her a couple of extra inches in her clothes so she wouldn't have to buy maternity pants just yet.

Rescue a link necklace...to quickly fix a broken jewelry clasp, use a small safety pin to reattach the ends. This tip is brought to you by All You Magazine (February 2012 issue)



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/22/12 More Uses for Coffee


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by using ground coffee for more than just coffee. These ideas are from Woman's World Magazine (issue 11/14/11)

Get some inexpensive coffee (at the dollar store or on sale at the grocery store) and use it to de-stink your fridge. Put about 1/4 cup non brewed ground coffee in a small bowl and place it in the back of the fridge. It will absorb any foul smells.

Add used coffee grounds to a little bit of dish soap to assist in scrubbing off stubborn stains and greasy residue on pots and pans.

Make your room smell nice. Place some non brewed ground coffee into a bowl or cup and then add an unscented tea light. The coffee smell will take over the room and absorb odors and make the room smell like fresh brewing coffee. I have personally done this with some coffee and have reused the same cup of coffee for more than a month and have used many tea lights in it and it still smells as fresh as it did on day one.

Lastly, add used coffee grounds to a squirt of hand soap to get rid of lingering odors of garlic, onion or fish odors that stick to your hands while cooking.



Monday, May 21, 2012

Free Publicity Opportunity!!!

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One of my writing clients is allowing me to use articles from guest authors and this translates into a Free Publicity Opportunity for many of my facebook pals and business owner pals!!

Basically as long as it relates to Tampa Bay I'm allowed to post articles and blog posts by anyone! So, if you have something you feel needs a little promotion or publicity going on let me know! If you have a restaurant review, a store you think people should know about or whatever, holler!

I'm not allowed to post the following: MLM deals, sales (unless its something HUGE like a trunk sale), stuff unrelated to Tampa Bay or stuff that is simply a traffic push for other websites.

Where can you submit stuff for POSSIBLE publication? send it to me at morethanphotographs at gmail dot com with the subject "Guest Posting Story Idea".

Please send your articles/blog posts in the body of the email without any images unless they are requested. Articles are not allowed to be longer than 800 words.

Please note that there is no pay for any stories that are used for publication. It's basically just for bragging rights...

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/20/12 Eat Healthy to Save Money


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by eating healthy food. Now, before you start complaining about the high cost of eating healthy consider the fact that when you eat junk food you are hungry more often and you are asking for high healthcare costs to come into your life!

When you eat healthy foods they actually fill you! Breads and sugars are just empty calories that don't actually fill you up. You will find yourself reaching for more food in 30 minutes or less. All these empty calories are also packing on the pounds and I've learned the hard way that extra weight costs money at the doctor. Before changing my diet I struggled with ailments I'd rather not fully disclose. Switching to healthy foods (and the assistance of medically supervised weight loss via Dr. Cesar Lara) helped me lose 40 pounds and at my last physical on 5/14/12 all of my previous ailments causing me to go to the doctor WAY too often and spend extra money on pain relievers were gone!

Check out this story from Yahoo news on saving money while eating healthy.

One of the books on my shelf right now is the 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. In the 4-Hour Body there is a case study of a man that began eating healthier and was able to do so for just $1.34 per meal. The breakdown was from a full week's worth of groceries and included Grass-fed organic beef. The grand total for his food was $37.70 and he ate three meals a day and is 245 pounds. So, don't tell me you have to spend a lot of money to be healthy!!! If you are interested in learning quick ways to slim down and achieve amazing results, I highly recommend you check out the 4-Hour Body*!!!

*ALWAYS check with your doctor before beginning ANY diet or exercise regimen. 
*By clicking the link to the 4-Hour Body you will be brought to the Amazon store by way of an affiliate link. Read my full disclosure policy HERE.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/19/12 Shop Around for Your Bank


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by shopping around for your bank. If you are not planning on keeping a certain amount of money, in the bank every month you could be charged a fee. If you want to physically walk into the bank to handle your transactions, you could be charged a fee. If you want statements mailed to you monthly, you could be charged a fee. Are you seeing a pattern here? Shop around for banks with minimal fees and one that suits your needs.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/18/12 Shop in a Hurry


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by shopping in a hurry. This tip is from an article called 30 Easy Ways to Save Money.

Go grocery shopping while you are in a hurry: Maybe you need to go out in a couple of hours. Or your favorite show is going to be on TV after a couple of hours. Try to squeeze in the grocery trip in that intermediate time. Armed with your grocery list, you should be in-and-out very quickly with little time for meandering and getting tempted to buy things you don’t need.

Check out the full article HERE!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Free Boat Show 5/18-20/2012

The Tampa Bay Times is hosting a boat show this weekend at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Hours are Friday 10a.m. - 6p.m.; Saturday 10a.m. - 6p.m. and Sunday 10a.m. - 5p.m.

Admission is free and will feature new boats, watercraft, exhibits and more.

For more information visit http://www.tampabayboatshows.com

Frugal Tip 5/17/12 Get a Rewards Card

Today's frugal tip is to save money b getting rewards cards for places you already shop at and even for some you don't!

If there is a shop or grocery store you make frequent purchases at find out if they offer a loyal customer card or a rewards card. Often times if they do you can get added bonuses for things you already were planning on buying anyway. Some shops even offer rewards on your birthday such as the beauty insider card available at Sephora.

What has been the best reward you have received?!?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/16/2012 Buy it Used


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by buying stuff used not new. You can save a fortune buying used jewelry, video games, DVDs and more. Buy refurbished ipods, ipads, desktops, cameras and other electronics and you can save as much as 50% off retail prices of new items. Why pay more money when you could be saving all that extra cash?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Free Event: Art on the Water 5/20/12

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According to the image above Sunday, May, 20, 2012 at Jackson's on Harbor Island you can check out Art on the Water for free. More than 80 artists will be displaying their works from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase all day and live music will be heard as well.
For more information visit their facebook page.

Address and phone info:
601 South Harbour Island Boulevard Tampa, FL 33602 -- (813) 277-0112

Free Latin Dance Lessons Tuesday Nights

Blue Martini Tampa is offering FREE Latin Dance Lessons every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Entry into Blue Martini is FREE before 9 p.m. so stop by early for the free lesson and then dance the night away!!

Complimentary Latin dance lesson provided by Salsa Mania.

Live Latin Band begins at 8:30pm.

$5 Cover after 9 p.m.


Blue Martini is located at International Plaza in the Shops at Bay Street.
The street address is 2223 N. W. Shore Blvd. #B203, Tampa, FL 33607.

Frugal Tip 5/15/12 Slash Your Car Insurance Bill


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by slashing your car insurance bill! Yahoo news posted an awesome article about how to do this. Check it out HERE

Among the tips? 1. Shop around. 2. Drive safe 3. Regularly review your policy!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/14/12 Shop For What You Have


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by planning your shopping trips based on items you already have. Before you head to the grocery store look in your pantry and see what side dishes are hanging out waiting to be used. Shopping for new things to go with items you already have will help you save money two ways: 1. you won't have to buy as much for your next meal 2. you save yourself from the risk of letting food you already have expire.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/13/12 Make Your Own Toiletries

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When you can not get toiletries for free via couponing, save money by making them at home on your own! The image above is from Frugal Village and one gal on pinterest said, "Homemade body wash. I have been making this with a Dove Go Moisture bar, and saving over $6.00 per bottle for the same stuff!"
For the full "recipe" of how to make your own body wash click HERE

To learn how to make your own bath salts click HERE

To learn how to make your own moisturizing body lotion click HERE 

To learn how to make your own eye makeup remover click HERE 

To learn how to make your own makeup remover towelettes click HERE

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/12/12 Make a Card Instead of Buying One

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Remember when you were in grade school and the week of Mother's Day one of the crafts the teacher had you do was to make a Mother's Day card? If your mom was anything like mine, she appreciated the homemade one more than anything you ever could have purchased in the store. So...today's frugal tip is to make a Mother's Day card instead of buying one. Cut pictures from a magazine, quotes from a newspaper or even draw a picture on the front and inside write a nice note.

Not good with words? Look HERE, HERE and HERE for notes to inspire you for what to write for your mom!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Frugal Tips May 1 - May 11, 2012

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Missed a Frugal Tip? No Worries- Got You Covered!
Here are the Frugal Tips of the Day for May 1 - May 11, 2012:

05/01/12 Air Dry Your Clothes

05/02/12 Wash Wisely

05/03/12 Homemade Potpourri

05/04/12 Do it All For $5

05/05/12 Buy Generic

05/06/12 Make Mixes - Don't Buy Them

05/07/12 Save Money on Water

05/08/12 Upcycle!

5/09/12 Should You Shop at the Dollar Tree?

5/10/12 Unclog Drains Yourself

5/11/12 Google for Coupon Codes

Frugal Tip 5/11/12 Google for Coupon Codes


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by using Google! Any time I am going to buy something online I ALWAYS Google the company first! For example, if I am going to buy something from Victoria's Secret I Google "Victoria's Secret Coupons". Many times if it is a big name company a coupon code will come up through Coupon Follower or Retail Me Not. You never know what you will find and it never hurts to spend a few extra seconds looking for coupons online before shopping online ;)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/10/12 Unclog Your Drains Yourself


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by learning how to unclog a drain without having to buy Drano or other expensive plumbing products!

Start boiling a large pot of water. Take a wire hanger and untwist it to make a "pipe snake" to remove hair if its a drain in a bathroom. Remove the plug from your drain if necessary before putting your homemade pipe snake down the drain to remove the hair.

Place about a quarter cup of baking soda in the drain and then flush with about the same amount of vinegar. A second flushing of another quarter cup of vinegar may be necessary.

Once the water starts boiling carefully and slowly pour the boiling water down the drain. It should magically be flushed. If not, wait about 15 minutes and repeat the process.

Sure, it may ultimately be necessary to get those annoying plumbing products but here's hoping this simple method works for you saving you the unnecessary expense ;)

Possible Free Groceries at Publix!! 5/10-5/16

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I love free groceries! Who wouldn't right? There is one place I go every single week when I am looking for free groceries. My favorite store to shop at is Publix and the absolute best website I have found that is just plain awesome at telling you how to get free groceries is Addicted to Saving. Run by Liza Ford, Addicted to Saving tells you not only what is on sale at Publix, but also what coupons are available to match up with the sale prices getting you closer to that awesome FREE deal that couponers and freebie addicts crave!! Rather than just post exactly what Liza posts weekly, I choose to give you a link to her page with all her match-ups. So, check out Addicted to Saving's Publix Deals and Steals (and possible free grocery) post for this week HERE

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/9/12 Should You Shop the Dollar Tree?

Places like the Dollar Tree offer things for just $1, but is it really a good deal? Not always!

The same size bottle of rubbing alcohol was only $0.88 at Wal-Mart, similar shoe size rubber boxes were $0.97 each, a can of beans was just over $0.50 and the list goes on.

Always check your local discount stores before buying stuff at the Dollar Tree. It may be less expensive somewhere else and you might be able to use coupons that aren't always accepted depending on the dollar store you go to.

Dollar General does take manufacturer's coupons by the way ;)

Take Mom to the Zoo FREE 5/12-13/2012

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Take mom to the zoo this weekend for FREE! Check this out from the Lowry Park Zoo Website:

Bring mom to the Zoo for Mother’s Day and she gets in for free!  On Saturday, May 12 or Sunday, May 13, moms receive free admission with the purchase of their son’s or daughter’s full-priced admission ticket (paid ticket can be child or adult admission, as applicable). 

For moms to receive free ticket offer, the paid ticket must be purchased on May 12 or 13 only. Offer not combinable with other discounts.

Free Breakfast for Mom @ McDonalds 5/13/12

McDonald's will be offering free breakfast with small beverage for mom on Mother's Day Sunday, May, 13, 2012!! Just show up with a child and mom's breakfast is free with the purchase of kid's breakfast.

According to the gal at the McDonald's on MLK that I spoke to in Tampa this morning the promotion is valid at all Florida McDonald's with the purchase of a kid's breakfast the morning of Sunday 5/13/12 only.

Free drinks and Sushi at Blue Martini TONIGHT! 5/9/12





Did you know that Blue Martini has been offering free sushi and cocktails for ladies each Wednesday?  I didn't until tonight and now that I know I might have to stop by more often.

With the help of Play 98.7 fm each Wednesday from 4-8 ladies get free sushi and a their first drink free.  The best part? Half off cocktails the whole night for ladies and FREE COVER!!!
Does it get better than that? Yes! It does...there are also giveaways for everything from spa treatments to designer handbags to concert tickets!!!  Not to mention the free live show from whoever happens to be playing the Wednesday you stop by.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/8/12 Upcycle!


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Today's frugal tip is to save money by upcycling instead of buying things. For example: Instead of buying expensive decorative jars reuse glass ones from things like salsa and jelly for cotton swabs and cotton balls. If you want to dress them up paint them with enamel paints! Another example: Reuse sour cream and butter containers to hold push pins, paper clips and other miscellaneous supplies. To decorate these mod podge some nifty pictures or tissue paper on them.


Free Latin Dance Lessons Tonight 5/8/12

Blue Martini Tampa is offering FREE Latin Dance Lessons every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Entry into Blue Martini is FREE before 9 p.m. so stop by early for the free lesson and then dance the night away!!

Complimentary Latin dance lesson provided by Salsa Mania.

Live Latin Band begins at 8:30pm.

$5 Cover after 9 p.m.


Blue Martini is located at International Plaza in the Shops at Bay Street.
The street address is 2223 N. W. Shore Blvd. #B203, Tampa, FL 33607.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Frugal Tip 5/7/12 Save Money on Water


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Save money on water by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth and while lathering your hands up with soap when washing them. For the extreme in frugality turn off the shower while washing your hair and then turning it back on to rinse your hair. Then, turn off the shower while lathering up your body and then rinsing off. Also save money on water by using a filter instead of buying bottled water.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Frugal Tip of the Day 5/6/2012 Make Mixes Don't Buy Them

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Today's frugal tip is to save money by making your own mixes rather than buying them. The Heart, Hands, Home Blog has some AWESOME mix recipes you have got to check out. The one pictured above is called the Quick Mix and it can be used for biscuits, shortcakes, coffee cake and more.

Check out the All Purpose Quick Mix Recipe HERE
Check out the Gingerbread Mix Recipe HERE
Check out the Tortilla Mix Recipe HERE
Check out the Pancake Mix Recipe HERE
Check out the Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe HERE
 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Frugal Tip of the Day 5/3/12 Homemade Potpourri

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So, it's been brought to my attention that I completely missed May 3, 2012. I guess it goes to show that when you set up a plan to have a daily blog post skipping a day gets noticed a lot more easily LOL. Whoops!

Needless to say, here is the frugal tip that should have been posted on Thursday, May, 3, 2012:
Save money by not buying air fresheners. Instead air out your home by opening windows and then once you close them back up boil cinnamon or cloves on the stove to scent the air.

Tip Nut has some awesome recipes to give you a fragrant home. Check out a couple of them below and then head to their site HERE to see all 15 recipes!!


Christmas Potpourri Simmering Pot:
3 sprigs evergreen or handful pine needles
2 cinnamon sticks
2 TBS whole cloves
2 bay leaves
2 pieces orange rind
2 pieces lemon rind

Vanilla Orange:
Vanilla (a few drops)
Orange peels


(This tip was inspired by the monthly coupon book put out by Whole Foods stores.)

Frugal Tip of the Day 5/5/2012 Buy Generic


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Buy the generic brand! Whether its for groceries or toiletries, consider buying the generic brand of the items you are buying. However, be sure to check for coupons and sales before buying the generic brand because sometimes coupons and sales make the name brands cheaper!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Frugal tip of the day 5/4/12 Do it all for $5

Grab today's tbt 5/4/12 edition! This weekend special edition is known as the $5 issue and it is filled with things you can do for $5 in Tampa Bay.

Finding inexpensive activities in your area is a great way to have fun and still stay within a reasonable budget. Therefore, today's frugal tip is to always check your local news outlets for free and cheap activities in your area to enjoy!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Free Drinks for Ladies at Chase Club TONIGHT 5/3/12



LADIES NIGHT and KARAOKE show Thursday nights beginning at 9 p.m. at The Chase Club. Ladies drink Free 9pm to 11 and Half Price all night long. Come on out and enjoy the fun.

Address is
12129 W Linebaugh Ave
Tampa, FL 33626

More info on Chase:
Happy Hour
Monday - Friday 2pm-8pm
Sat and Sun Noon - 8pm
2-4-1 Drafts, Liquor and Wine



The Chase Club is Tampa's best friendly neighborhood cheers bar.

Best of the Bay Happy Hour.

Nightly drink specials

Happy hour 2 pm to 8 seven days a week.

Well over 150 Micro brews and Imports

Games and entertainment for your enjoyment including Golden Tee golf and Silver Strike Bowling

Live acoustic music Friday's from 6pm to late.

Hospitality industry welcome. 20% off for all hospitality industry people. Tuesday nights is Hospitality night and all hospitality workers get 30% off.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Frugal Tip of the Day 5/2/12 Wash Wisely

Today's Frugal Tip is from the Whole Foods monthly coupon book for April 2012.

Wash wisely. Wait until you have a full load of laundry to run your machine to save on your water bill. I will add to that wait until you have a full load of dishes to run your dishwasher too. Furthermore, don't overload because doing so could cause you to have to rewash!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Free Purex Sample Still Available

Free Purex sample offer from Woman's Day Magazine April 2012

I wasn't sure this was still available so, I wasn't going to post it, but I found out today that it is so... here we go!!

Visit the wesbite http://freesamplepurex.com/ and you can get a free sample of Purex Ultra Packs (or they will give you the option to download a coupon for $1 off instead if still available). Act fact because I don't know how many more of these they will be giving out!!!

Frugal Tip of the Day 5/1/12 Air Dry Your Clothes!


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Today's Frugal Tip is to save money by drying clothes outside. Get a clothesline and some clothespins and rock it out! Live in an apartment? Do what I do- I hang my clothes to dry on my shower rod. Sometimes I even hang them from the hooks on the balcony outside. We've been doing this for a few months now and I've already seen our electric bill go down a tad. It could also be the added savings from changing our setting on our dishwasher from heat dry to air dry. So, hey- BONUS TIP of the day ;) Change your setting on your dishwasher from heat dry to air dry. A trick is as soon as the cycle ends to open your dishwasher immediately. The surge of cool air from your home blasting into the hot hot dishwasher will make most of the dishes dry almost instantly anyway!!!