Sunday, May 17, 2009

Being Thrifty is the New Trend: Great Methods to Live Frugally

Recssionistas. Couponistas. Chiconomics. Fashionistas. These words make up the hottest new lingo in the dictionary as it has become more hip to be frugal than extravagant. This trend is hitting everyone, from college students to young adults, stay-at-home moms to senior citizens. Everybody is looking to get the most bang for their buck. Below are some tips and tricks for staying on a budget during the ongoing recession.

Household Products


If Earth Day has inspired you to turn over a new “green leaf”, Shaklee Corporation produces a wide variety of concentrated household cleaning products. Their line uses super concentrated liquid cleaners, leaving consumers to add water to help reduce the waste for the planet. This means less weight to ship, less product to use and less packaging to throw way = more savings for you! To give you an idea of how much you can save: one 16-ounce bottle of Shaklee Basic H2® Household Cleaner ($10.35) makes the equivalent of 5,830 bottles of 26-ounce size Windex® original formula. Check out www.shaklee.com.

Alternative: www.thedailygreen.com


Home Furniture

When you’re in need of a stylish piece of furniture for your home, you don’t always have to spend a fortune on it. IKEA offers a wide variety of furniture, accessory and household items at affordable and economical prices, to meet every shopper’s need. With updated styles and home furnishings at all the right prices, they’re not just catering to college students dorm rooms’ anymore! IKEA was the first company to implement “flat packaging”, cutting down on both packaging costs for the consumer and unnecessary use environmental resources. Visit www.ikea.com.

Alternatives: The Container Store, Target, Wal-Mart and Costco


Groceries

Next to car payments and mortgage payments, grocery store bills are one of the largest monthly expenses for consumers. TheGroceryGame.com is a website that saves shoppers an average of $512 a month on their grocery bill. By sharing proprietary information regarding advertised and unadvertised sales combined with store sales in a weekly list, members’ supermarket bills can be cut in half. Try www.thegrocerygame.com for a 1$, 4-week trial!

Alternatives: www.smartsource.com or www.redplum.com


Keep Organized

One of the best ways to save money these days is to keep yourself organized. GetButtonedUp.com is a great website for providing tips, products and resources to help keep yourself and your family organized on a budget. Simple tasks such as saving your receipts, keeping track of monthly spending and making credit card payments on time can save you and your family thousands of dollars every year. The site encourages you to organize your life in a seamless and efficient way without breaking your bank. Go to www.getbuttonedup.com.

Alternative: www.mint.com or www.thesimpledollar.com


Beauty Products

If you’re looking to cut back on prices of beauty products and essentials, Sally Beauty is a great one-stop shopping experience for a price you can afford. You’ll feel like a kid in a candy shop at Sally Beauty Supply, with over 6,000 professional quality products for hair, skin and nails for retail customers and salon professionals. Whether you need nail polish or your favorite shampoo, they have everything you need for the right price. Product prices range $1.99 (nail polish) to $30.00 (designer products). The best part, you can buy online at www.sallybeauty.com or roam the aisles at a retail location nearest you!

Alternatives: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid or supermarkets


Wedding Planning

The recession has not caused brides or prom-goers to actually cancel their festivities, but to just cut back on their spending. The show must go on! David’s Bridal offers a wide variety of special occasion, prom and wedding dresses and accessories that are stylish, but also affordable. No matter what the wedding style or budget, bridal gowns range in price from $299-$1250. Even for bridesmaids, the prices are manageable, (with wear-again styles!) with dress prices ranging from $105-$170. For even more savings, David’s Bridal offers a $20 discount on all bridal party attire, including flower girls! Check out www.davidsbridal.com.

Alternative: www.dressswaponline.com

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