April 29, 2009

Email Updates for Sale Alerts on Specific Items

Posted in Money at 1:51 pm by bitsypieces

Yes, I am obsessed with the idea of a roomba. I have about three weeks until my anniversary, which means I’ve got about 10 days before I need to order it at Amazon.com to get it in time with the free ship option.

But I want to score a deal on it. Because I’m frugal that way.

Unfortunately, life AC means that I just don’t have time to idly browse shopping websites and hunt for a bargain. Enter ShoppingNotes.com (still in Beta stages).

Similar to other price watching websites, you simply enter the URL of the item you want to track and your email address. ShoppingNotes.com is supposed to send you an email alert whenever the item drops in price.

I’ve never used a price watching website before, and figured now was a great time to try it out. (I’d hate to miss a sale.) Stay tuned and I’ll let you know if it works.

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April 23, 2009

Babies = $$$$$$

Posted in Money at 1:43 pm by bitsypieces

Just when I think I’ve bought everything Baby could ever possibly need, I find another piece of gear that I want.

Recently we needed a new car seat, since Baby is outgrowing her infant seat. A good friend gave us one to use as a “spare” in Hubby’s car, but I wanted a new one for our primary car. Total cost: $200.

Then, after a few experiences with dirty and wobbly restaurant high chairs, I decided to look for a booster chair that I could easily tote to restaurants. The Fisher-Price Healthy Care Booster had tons of glowing reviews, so I bought one (for a mere $26). Gotta admit… this was one of my better purchases. I’ll be reviewing it soon at Mommy Tried It.

Other recent small purchases for Baby include a sippy cup tether (so she can’t throw it onto the ground), some diaper/wipes cases for travel, a huge variety of  “babyproofing” items, a sunhat, and some new board books.

Does the spending ever end?

April 5, 2009

Washing and reusing baggies…

Posted in Money at 11:59 pm by bitsypieces

… probably isn’t in my future.

However, it is one of the money-saving techniques recommended by Amy Dacyczyn in her Tightwad Gazette book. Dacyczyn suggests a lot of “blackbelt” techniques for pinching pennies, including canning homegrown food, dumpster diving, and washing/reusing aluminum foil.

I tend to think the average person will probably find many of her suggestions a little extreme. However, there are quite a few that would probably be acceptable to most people. I always suggest the book to anyone looking for frugal tips, tricks and ideas. Although I probably won’t ever wash and reuse baggies, her overall tightwad philosophy is inspiring and interesting.

I read Dacyczyn’s book about once a year… whenever I feel like my spending is a little bit overboard and I need to refocus on savings. The Tightwad Gazette is great inspiration for anyone hoping to save more and spend less.