[UPDATED with Winner] Bargain hunters: Share how you cut corners to save, be entered to win a copy of “How to Shop for Free”
Congrats to Andrea Daniels! I had Arts blogger Mike Allen pick a number at random, and your hilarious comment about anniversary cards was the winner.
Andrea said: “
My hubby and I do not exchange gifts to celebrate our wedding anniversary, but we do like to exchange anniversary cards. However, the price of greeting cards (the really nice, sentimental Hallmark-like cards) is really outrageous. So for last 20 years or so on our 8/16 anniversary, we have made our annual trip to Walmart where we each search diligently to find the perfect card with the exact sentiment we wish to convey. My hubby’s goal is to bring tears to my eyes, which he has on more than one occasion. After we read one another’s chosen card, we simply put the cards back on the rack and walk away. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, HONEY!!”
Bargain hunters are always looking to save a buck. They cut corners, shop sales and often have their own unconventional ways to pinch pennies.
For example, I’m so cheap that I save any extra condiment packets and crackers from restaurants. Now, I’m not emptying a basket of crackers into my purse, but if any wrapped packets on my plate don’t get eaten, they’re coming home with me. Those fancy ketchup packets that allow you to dip or squeeze out the contents are also hot commodities for me.
Like my editor Kathy Lu, I also hoard unused napkins in my car’s glove box. You won’t catch me throwing away a holey sock either — that makes a perfectly good dust rag. Lu, on the other hand, adds water to the remnants of a dish detergent bottle to stretch its shelf life.
Botetourt View columnist Cathy Benson refuses to buy meat that’s not on clearance, and purchases permanent markers at Happy’s Flea Market. “They are called Sharpei instead of the name brand and look the same except the strategic change of i and e. They cost less than half,” she said.
Editorial assistant Danielle Dunaway hasn’t paid full price for anything at Staples in years. She turns in her used ink cartridges for $3 in Staples Rewards.
Columnist Lindsey Nair can’t bring herself to throw away an empty condiment jar. “I figure I can use it to make refrigerator pickles or something. Most of them are in a box in the basement,” she said. She also extends the life of Ziploc bags by rinsing and reusing them.
It seems everyone has their own level of cheapness and there’s no shame in it.
In fact, if you’re willing to share your “I’m so cheap … ” story below, you might be rewarded.
Submit your quirky habit and you may be selected to win a copy of “How to Shop for Free” by Kathy Spencer with Samantha Rose. This book is full of tips to help you get the most for your money.
I’ll pick a winner at random by noon on Aug. 20.