What Young People Need to Know About Money

March 4, 2014 by Jean

Happy Day All!

It’s Tuesday and I do hope you are warm and safe. There has been so much cold, snow and ice  in my area this year that I am anticipating spring with great anticipation, probably more than I ever have in my long life.

Here is some great saving tips for you to share, and I hope you will.

Someone sent them to me on Facebook, I immediately thought of my granddaughter who is in here first year of college. There are some great tips to get young people and really anyone started on their way to saving for a secure future.  I hope you will share it with a young person or two; one day they will thank you.  Enjoy!

 

Click here to view the entire article.   It is really a fun article.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewzeitlin/9-things-every-20-something-needs-to-know-about-money

 What Young People Need to Know About Money

Thanks,buzzfeed.com

9 Things Every Twenty something Needs To Know About Money

buzzfeed.com

UGH. But seriously, these are things you really need to know.

Blessings, Jean

Practical Everyday Tips and Recipe

February 27, 2014 by Jean

Here are simple steps you can take every day that will save you a lot of money this year.  I’m sure your mama told you some of these when you went out on your own. They are simple and practical, give some of them a try, then count up the savings.

 

Practical Saving Tips for Everyday

  • Try take-out once a month instead of dining out.
  • Rent a video instead of going to the movies.  If you really want to go to the movies, go to the less expensive afternoon “matinee.”
  • Or better yet, go to your local library and borrow books, CDs, videos, and read the latest magazines and newspapers.
  • Bring your lunch to work once or twice a week instead of buying it.
  • Don’t grocery shop on an empty stomach or you may end up buying more than you need.
  • Cut down food costs by buying what you need on sale, buying generic brands, buying in bulk, and shopping at discount outlets.
  • Don’t buy a sale item or use a coupon just for the sake of it being “cheaper.”  Buy an item only if you need it!  Shop with a list.
  • Increase your gas mileage by taking care of your car with schedule check-ups, or just drive less. Consider carpooling, walking, taking the bus or metro, or riding your bike.
  • Cancel your cable (or at least the premium channels), as well as subscriptions to magazines and newspapers.
  • Exercise at home rather than joining a gym.
  • Make your own coffee at home rather than buying from a store, or at least cut down the number of times per week you purchase coffee.
  • Get health insurance.
  • Track your spending and cash – know where every dollar goes!
  • Organize a friend/relative/neighbor swap of clothes, toys, furniture, CDs, etc.
  • Buy clothes for next year at the end-of-season sales – try garage sales and thrift stores.
  • Find a simple hairstyle that doesn’t cost too much to take care of on daily/weekly basis.
  • Take advantage of free entertainment in your community – parks, museums, exhibits, etc.  Go to free park concerts and other community activities.
  • Try to buy with cash, checks, or debit cards. If you use credit cards, get rid of all but one or two, and pay off the balance each month. You can save hundreds or thousands of dollars a year by avoiding credit card interest charges.
  • Always do your grocery shopping with a list of items you need  — and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list Note: Clip coupons for the things you buy and use them with sales for great savings
  • You can save hundreds of dollars a year by avoiding impulse food purchases.
  • Compare unit prices on labels when shopping (for example, price per ounce). You can save hundreds of dollars a year by purchasing items with the lowest price per unit.
  • Avoid shopping at convenience stores. You pay for the convenience — the prices are usually higher than grocery stores.  Note: Milk is usually cheaper at the convenience store or drug store
  • Consider taking your lunch to work rather than buying it. Depending on where you live and what you eat for lunch, you could save $5 a day.
  • Review your telephone and cable bills for services you don’t use and cancel them. If you subscribe to magazines you rarely get around to reading, cancel the subscription. You could save tens of dollars each month.
  • When choosing a cell phone plan, find one that’s appropriate for the calls you intend to make. For example, if you plan to use the phone only for emergencies, avoid plans with monthly fees or minimums.
  • When your doctor prescribes a medicine, ask if a generic is available — you’ll pay less. If you’re taking a “maintenance” medicine, consider a mail-order pharmacy — you’ll pay less.
  • Before buying a car, compare insurance, gasoline, maintenance, and repair costs for comparable models. You can save thousands of dollars over the life of the car by choosing a model with low operating costs.
  • Save hundreds of dollars a year on gasoline by making sure your car’s engine is tuned regularly and your tires have enough pressure. Thanks, www.choosetosave.org

Note: check www. gasbuddy.com for the lowest gas prices in your area

 

How to Clean Your Dishwasher:


Click here:   http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/02/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher.html

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I love fried cabbage or cabbage of any type; I usually cook them once a week. they are great and very easy to cook. Don’t over cook them however.

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Southern Fried Cabbage
Serve 4 (or 2 hungry bikers)

5-6 strips of bacon
1 head cabbage, sliced
1 onion, diced
¼ cup chicken broth (I use low sodium broth)
1 tsp vinegar (optional)
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

In large skillet, (I use cast iron) fry the bacon until crispy, remove to a paper towel to drain
Place chopped cabbage and onion in the skillet with the bacon fat over medium heat and cook until it begins to wilt a bit
Crumble the bacon and add to the pan
Add in the chicken stock,vinegar, salt and pepper, cover and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes
Serve hot (try adding some diced apples, sliced sausage, noodles, or what ever tickles your fancy

Thanks, The BikerChick’s kitchen

Enjoy

Blessings, Jean

I wish Mama Had Told Me

February 25, 2014 by Jean

 Welcome…I hope you enjoy your visit today!

There are so many things we wish our mothers had told us

HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOUR MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU!!

As mothers we always want to equip our children with everything they might need to enjoy a prosperous life; but as quiet as it is kept..there are some stuff we just haven’t learned ourselves yet.  Here are a few things that will help make life easier for us  and some will ever help us save money.

1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

4. Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

5. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

6. For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

7. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

8. Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.

9. Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a non stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

10. Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, re-seal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

11. Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

12. Re-heating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

13. Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

14. Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.

15. No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

16. Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.

17. Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

18. Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety-pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and … guess what! … static is gone.

19. Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out. (Or spray the measuring cup or spoon with Pam before using)

20. Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

21. Re-opening envelopes
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

22. Conditioner
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.

23. Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2′ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

24. Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

25. Dryer Filter
Even if you are very diligent about cleaning the lint filter in your dryer it still may be causing you a problem. If you use dryer sheets a waxy build up could be accumulating on the filter causing your dryer to over heat. The solution to this is to clean your filter with a toothbrush and hot soapy water every 6 months.

For more fun and amazing ideas… recipes and motivational weight loss tips, Click this website and join  here—> Thanks, www.facebook.com/groups/weightlosssupportwithellen/

 

Be sure you are using the right onion every time!

 
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Onions help improve immunity, regulate blood sugar, and add great flavor to any dish. What’s your favorite onion recipe?

NOTE:: If you have a homemaking tip that you would like to share, please leave it in the comment section on this page.

Enjoy

Blessings, Jean

Spinach Recall

February 19, 2014 by Jean

Good Wednesday Everyone!

Here is another recall, please read the article to see if you live in one of the 39 states in this recall.

 Spinach Recall

If you live in one of the 39 states listed below, you may want to check your spinach.

Thanks, www.centiblegirll

Blessings, Jean

 

FDA Recalls Beef and Uncle Be

February 11, 2014 by Jean

A Good Day to Everyone!

Today it is all about food recalls, there have been two food recalls this week from the Food and Drug Administration or the FDA as we have come to know them.

One recall is for Meat; Beef and some Veal products and the other is for Uncle Ben’s Rice Mixes used by food service institutions.

Don’t Eat The Beef

8.7 Million pounds of meat processed in a meat plant in California that was found to be from diseased animals has been recalled by the FDA. The meat came from Petaluma based Rancho Feeding Corp.  It is reported that the animals were not properly inspected. The recall is for meat distributed in four states, California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.

Beef carcasses-boxes of beef oxtail-liver -cheeks-tongues and other meat weighing between 30 and 60 lbs are the meat that are recalled.  The carcasses and boxes have the number “EST 527 ” inside the USDA mark of inspection.  Each box has a code number ending in 3 or 4.

This is a class 1 level recall which is the most serious recall which means this meat could cause serious health problems or even death

 

 

Uncle Ben’s Rice RECALLED

The FDA posted a warning yesterday; against eating any Uncle Ben’s rice mix served at institutions, like schools, hospitals, restaurants or  food services establishment. 

Children in three states have shown signs of burning, itching, headaches and nausea after eating Uncle Ben’s mixed rice at schools.

It is thought that an over abundance of Vitamin B3 and Niacin in the rice might be the cause.

Be proactive and warn your children.   You can read the entire press release from the FDA by clicking on this site. http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm385299.htm

 

Wednesday Morning…..New recall.

 


The USDA announced a large beef jerky recall on Tuesday after a product was misbranded and shipped nationwide.

90,000 pounds of beef jerky recalled — http://bit.ly/MaabiZ

Thanks, Fox19

 

 

 

Blessing To All

Stay Safe!

 

Free Health Screening Programs

February 6, 2014 by Jean

Happy Thursday Everyone!

I pray you are safe healthy and prosperous!

My great grand mother, who I called Mama; use to say;  “What you don’t know could make a whole new world”.  Well here is some information for you that I didn’t know until today and maybe you need to know also.  I hope it helps you, it did help me.

Did you Know?

Some grocery stores are now offering free Health Programs for customers, some programs are free and others require a fee.

  • There are healthy cooking demos
  • Some have dietitians on staff to answer questions about food preparation and to lead food shopping tours to help you choose the correct food for you,
  • Some offer health screenings: blood pressure check etc.

 

Here are a few of the store with programs.  Check your local store to see what they offer.

At Kroger (more than 2,400 stores in 31 states; visit kroger.com for locations)
• Get nutrition advice: In many stores, in-house dietitians are available for nutrition consultations. Store tours and classes cover such subjects as guarding against diabetes, shopping with heart health in mind and learning which foods can help prevent osteoporosis.
• Use wellness kiosks: Stores with pharmacies have machines for body-fat analysis, body mass index (BMI) reports and screenings for diabetes and heart disease.

At Walmart (more than 4,000 stores nationwide; visit walmart.com for locations)
• Get discounts on healthy food: Humana insurance members can score up to a 10 percent discount on more than 1,300 items marked with a Great for You icon; think fresh fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. Savings are loaded onto a card and can be applied toward future purchases.

These stores also have free health initiatives

Safeway.com

Shoprite.com

HyVee.com

Publix.com

Thanks,www.Allyou.com

Samsclub.com (Always check schedule for dates)

You can start this Saturday with a free health screening a Sam’s club this week on Saturday February 8, 2014 starting at 11am.  Get there early.

 Free Health Screening Programs

 

Sam’s Club is hosting one of their free heart health screenings  on this Saturday, February 8, from 11am-3pm. They will check your glucose level for diabetes, cholesterol levels, body mass index and more! It’s free. These free test can save you a lot of money, they are expensive at a lab.  Take your results to your doctor on your net visit. Thanks, MoneySavingQueen.com

 

Enjoy, Stay in health.

Blessings, Jean

 

 

Techniques to Make Driving in the Snow Safer

February 5, 2014 by Jean

Snow and more snow!

Is there anyone without snow?

There is so much snow here my husband took me to work and picked me up. I learned to do snow driving in Michigan and I am a good snow driver, but the hills and the crazy drivers scare me here in Ohio. I hoe these tips help you.

My dear friend, Sheila posted these helpful tips on facebook.  I’m sharing them with you because I care and I want you safe.

When driving in snow try these techniques:

1. USE YOUR LOW GEAR: half of the accidents you see, wouldn’t be if people knew how to use their low gear
2. 4 wheel drive means NOTHING on ice, its just 4 tires spinning…..stop showing out because you have an SUV, you’re the ones causing some of these accidents
3. If you have a rear wheel drive vehicle, put weight in your trunk and try to avoid hills. (Kiddie litter, sand)
4. When the roads are bad, stay in one lane, jumping from lane to lane on the highway won’t get you there any faster. That’s another way to avoid an accident.
5.When stuck in the snow, pressing on the gas harder will never make your situation better. Keep a small bag of salt and a shovel in your trunk. If you shovel and salt around the tires according to the drive of your car (FWD: clear the front tires, RWD clear the back tires) 99% of the time if you clear a big circle around those tires you will get un-stuck.

FWD- front wheel drive

RWD- rear wheel drive

Note:  A bag of kiddie litter in your trunk will add weight and if you get stuck, you can spread it around your tires and it will give you traction.

Thanks, Shelia

Blessings, Jean

 

 

Birthday Freebies !

February 1, 2014 by Jean

Good Day All

 

I celebrated my …..wait for it!  Birthday number 69 on this past Friday.  Yes, it was wonderful; so many good wishes and of course gifts and free stuff.

I posted these freebies a few weeks ago, so I thought I would re-post them since some of you have not had an opportunity to check it out and you have a birthday on the horizon.  Here it is, please share with your friends.

Check it out and Enjoy!

 

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, happy birthday, happy birthday to you.  If  today is your birthday or your birthday is later this year,  Happy birthday to you. Save this list until your birthday comes and enjoy some free gifts.

These are some freebies from some great Retailers:

ACE Hardware: Sign up for ACE Rewards and get a $5 off coupon on your birthday.

American Eagle Outfitters: Sign up for AERewards and get 15% off during your birthday month.

Aveda: Become a member of Aveda.com and get a free gift every year on your birthday.

CVS: Register for a CVS ExtraCare Card and get $3 in ExtraCare Bucks every year on your birthday.

Disney: Register for Disney Movie Rewards and you’ll receive a credit for a free Blu-ray movie on your birthday.

DSW: Join DSW’s rewards program and receive a $5 gift certificate on your birthday.

Old Navy: Sign up for Old Navy’s email newsletters and you’ll receive a free surprise on your birthday.

Sephora: Sign up for Beauty Insiders and receive a complimentary gift during your birthday month.

Victoria’s Secret: Sign up for their mailing list and receive a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $10 or more on your birthday.

Here are some that make us smile from Restaurants.   Fast Food, Ice Cream and Coffee YEA!

Abuelo’s: Join their eClub and receive a free gift for signing up, plus gifts on your birthday and anniversary.

Applebee’s: Sign up to receive their email updates and you’ll get a free treat on your birthday.

Atlanta Bread Company: Join the Atlanta Bread Company VIP eCLub and you’ll get a free cookie on your birthday.

Baker’s Square Restaurant & Pies: Sign up for their email newsletters and you’ll receive a coupon for a free entrée right away, plus a free slice of pie on your birthday.

Baskin Robbins: Join their email club and receive a free ice cream on your birthday.

Ben & Jerry’s: Become a Chunk Spelunker and you’ll get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday.

Bennigan’s: Become a Bennigan’s eClub member and receive a free dessert and buy one, get one entrée on your birthday.

Black Angus Steakhouse: Join their Prime Club and receive a free steak dinner (with purchase of a second entrée) on your first birthday as a member.

Brio Tuscan Grille: Sign up for Posta Toscana at Brio Tuscan Grille and you’ll receive a coupon for free food on your birthday.

Buca di Beppo: Register for their eClub updates and receive a free brownie on your birthday and a free dessert on your anniversary.

Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen: Become a Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant Insider and receive a free fish or chicken dinner for joining, plus more freebies on your birthday.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse: Join their Handshake Club and receive a free gift on your birthday.

Cold Stone Creamery: Join their club to receive a coupon for free ice cream on your birthday.

Dairy Queen: Join their fan club and receive a free Blizzard on your birthday.

Del Taco: Join their Raving Fan eClub and receive a free premium shake on your birthday, plus two free Grilled Chicken Tacos just for signing up.

Denny’s: Join their rewards club to receive a free Grand Slam on your birthday (includes two eggs, two slices of bacon, two sausage links and two pancakes).

Don Pablo’s: Join their Hab Club and receive a free $10 gift card on your birthday.

Famous Dave’s: Join the Be a P.I.G. (Pretty Important Guest) Club and receive something free on your birthday.

Firehouse Subs: Show up with a valid I.D. on your birthday and receive a free medium sub.

Thanks, Allyou.com

ENJOY!

Blessings, Jean

 

 

 

Scammers May Be Calling You…be aware!

January 30, 2014 by Jean

Hello All!

I have a warning for you today. I just read this, it is so important I want you all to be aware so you don’t get caught and lose money. The consumer reporter for WCPO TV, John Materese posted this warning; I am sharing it just as I read it.

Please share with your friends and family so they don’t get ripped off by these people!

Don’t know the number calling you? Then don’t return the call.

That’s the warning tonight from the Better Business Bureau. The BBB says this is a new type of cramming scam, that is targeting people across the country.

They call it the “One-Ring” scam.

The scammers behind it don’t care about the Do Not Call list, so being on that list won’t help you, according to the BBB:

How it Works

The BBB says this is how the One-Ring Scam works:

-Scammers from outside the country are robo-calling cell phones at random.

What to Do

The Better Business Bureau says to protect yourself, do not call back any unknown callers on your cell phone, especially if they are not in your local area code.

If you are curious, Google the phone number.  If it is legitimate business, your doctor’s office, or your insurance company, you will find that out right away on Google.

Resist the urge to call back, so you don’t waste your money.W
-Your phone will ring once, then stop.  When you answer, no one is there.

-If you are curious and call it back, you are charged as much as $20 for an international call.

-You may also be charged a monthly fee for joining some club you know nothing about. By calling the number, you “authorize” them to place a fee on your cell phone bill.  Thanks, John Materese

Visit John at www.don’twasteyourmoney.com  or WCPO TV

Blessings,  Jean

 

Save Big at the Dollar Store

January 28, 2014 by Jean

 

Yes, you can,  ” save big $$$$$ at the Dollar store” 

Have you wondered if you can save real money at the dollar store.  There are so many articles about what not to buy at the dollar store.  Well finally, Maryalene LaPonsie of Money Talks News along with Stacy Johnson have listed 15 things that will really save you some  real money every time you shop. Just one example of a great saving is gift bags, we all buy several during the year for birthdays, weddings, Christmas, graduation and so many more celebrations.

Gift bags can cost you from a few dollars to $7.00 each.  Doing the math; if you buy only five gift bags a year, at $7.oo each you would spend $35.00 at a regular party store. but those same 5 bags at any Dollar store would only cost you $5.00 for a savings of $30.00, which is just a small amount of what you could save just using the list below.

You will need a card to put in your gift bag, they are 2 for a dollar at the Dollar store.  There are great savings to be had at your Dollar store.  Some dollar stores sell name brand products like Dawn and  Ajax.

If you have a Dollar Tree near you, you are in luck because they take coupons.

Here is a link to their coupon policy:

These guidelines apply to all coupons accepted at Dollar Tree (Manufacturer and Internet Coupons). Internet Coupons. We accept up to two (2) Internet Coupons per household per day. Internet Coupons must be a “Manufacturer Coupon”, have a valid expiration date, and must have a valid remit address for the manufacturer.

Dollar Tree, Inc.: Terms & Conditions

www.dollartree.com/custserv/custserv.jsp?pageName=TermsConditions

 

 Save Big at the Dollar Store

Read the entire story and view the video by clicking on the title below:

1. Greeting cards

There is no reason to spend $4 to $5 or more on a greeting card when dollar stores typically have a wide selection available for a buck or less. You might not get textured paper or fancy extras like ribbon, but the heartfelt message you write will be the same regardless of how expensive the card looks.

2. Party supplies

By some estimates, you can save up to 70 percent by using party supplies from a dollar store. Get plastic tablecloths, paper plates and cups, streamers and favors from the dollar store and save a bundle. Don’t forget to look for Mylar/foil balloons too. These are an absolute bargain and can easily sell for five times as much elsewhere.

3. Gift bags, boxes and wrapping paper

While you’re getting your party supplies, look for gift bags and wrapping paper too. You could end up paying two or three times more for gift bags and boxes at other stores. In addition, wrapping paper can be a steal. You might not get the same thickness of expensive paper, but for something that’s going to end up in the trash, why pay more?

4. Seasonal décor

From extra ornaments for your Christmas tree to a scarecrow to stake in your front yard for the fall, dollar stores can have a surprisingly robust selection of seasonal décor. Pick up some bargain-priced items to decorate your house for less. But stay away from holiday lights, which have a poor track record of safety at discount stores.

5. Reading glasses

As we age, we often lose elasticity in our eyes and that makes it more difficult to focus on close objects. In many cases, a simple pair of reading glasses is all you need, and the reading glasses at dollar stores are as good as those found in other stores. However, if you have trouble seeing at a distance, it may be time to schedule an eye exam and see about getting a prescription pair.

6. Hair accessories

From elastic bands to bobby pins to headbands, you can find hair accessories at a fraction of the price at dollar stores. Combs and brushes can be a bargain too.

7. Pregnancy tests

Grocery store pregnancy tests will set you back $10 to $15, but you can find them at some dollar stores for only a buck. You might be wondering whether a $1 pregnancy test is going to be accurate. That’s a good question and, according to this news report, the answer is yes.

8. Vases and decorative bowls

Don’t bother with other stores for vases and decorative bowls. The dollar store probably carries a number of styles at a price that can’t be beat. You can use vases to skip the florist and make your own, much cheaper arrangements. Or spruce up decorative glass bowls to make inexpensive gifts for family or friends.

9. Mugs and glasses

Like vases and bowls, mugs and glasses are also a good buy at dollar stores. The quality is comparable to what you might get at Walmart or other mass merchandisers. As a bonus, you can typically buy only the items you need rather than being forced to purchase a set.

10. Dishware

Dollar stores also often have a nice selection of open stock dishware. This isn’t going to be top-of-the-line quality, but they’re perfectly serviceable pieces. For those with little kids, dollar store dishes can be just what you need to get you through that phase of life when something seems to get broken in the kitchen on a weekly basis.

11. Storage containers

Plastic storage containers also get a thumbs up when it comes to great dollar store buys. In the grocery store, you can easily pay up to $5 for disposable containers. Get them for a buck at the dollar store instead. You can also find some great deals on storage bags, but be wary of off-brands that may not seal correctly.

12. Picture frames

If you’re crafty, dollar store picture frames are an excellent buy. With a little paint or other decoration, bargain frames can look as nice on your walls as their more expensive counterparts. However, quality can vary widely. Check the joints to make sure they are secure and look for stray glue that may be difficult to remove.

13. Bagged or boxed candy

Checkout lane candy will likely be just as cheap, if not cheaper, at the grocery store, but movie theater-style boxed candy and bagged candy can be a bargain at the dollar store. Next Halloween, head there for your treats rather than paying supermarket prices.

14. Socks

Much of the clothing you find at dollar stores is of an inferior quality and not worth the money. One exception may be socks. Dollar store socks can be as good as department store varieties if you buy the right type. Look for ones made with acrylic or spandex for a comfy fit.

15. Washcloths and dish towels

Finally, the price of washcloths and dish towels at the dollar store can’t be beat. You need to be careful with some towels that won’t be absorbent enough to dry dishes. However, even those work great as cleaning rags.

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Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson talked to a savings expert to find out what types of items you should definitely buy at a dollar store. Watch the video and then keep reading for more dollar store deals.
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Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson talked to a savings expert to find out what types of items you should definitely buy at a dollar store. Watch the video and then keep reading for more dollar store deals.
Read more at http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/01/27/definitely-buy-these-15-things-at-a-dollar-store/#vhEqwPVocBqhvkhA.9You may be amazed at the variety of tremendous bargains you’ll find at the dollar store. Yes, even pregnancy tests.

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1. Greeting cards

There is no reason to spend $4 to $5 or more on a greeting card when dollar stores typically have a wide selection available for a buck or less. You might not get textured paper or fancy extras like ribbon, but the heartfelt message you write will be the same regardless of how expensive the card looks.

2. Party supplies

By some estimates, you can save up to 70 percent by using party supplies from a dollar store. Get plastic tablecloths, paper plates and cups, streamers and favors from the dollar store and save a bundle. Don’t forget to look for Mylar/foil balloons too. These are an absolute bargain and can easily sell for five times as much elsewhere.

3. Gift bags, boxes and wrapping paper

While you’re getting your party supplies, look for gift bags and wrapping paper too. You could end up paying two or three times more for gift bags and boxes at other stores. In addition, wrapping paper can be a steal. You might not get the same thickness of expensive paper, but for something that’s going to end up in the trash, why pay more?

4. Seasonal décor

From extra ornaments for your Christmas tree to a scarecrow to stake in your front yard for the fall, dollar stores can have a surprisingly robust selection of seasonal décor. Pick up some bargain-priced items to decorate your house for less. But stay away from holiday lights, which have a poor track record of safety at discount stores.

5. Reading glasses

As we age, we often lose elasticity in our eyes and that makes it more difficult to focus on close objects. In many cases, a simple pair of reading glasses is all you need, and the reading glasses at dollar stores are as good as those found in other stores. However, if you have trouble seeing at a distance, it may be time to schedule an eye exam and see about getting a prescription pair.

6. Hair accessories

From elastic bands to bobby pins to headbands, you can find hair accessories at a fraction of the price at dollar stores. Combs and brushes can be a bargain too.

7. Pregnancy tests

Grocery store pregnancy tests will set you back $10 to $15, but you can find them at some dollar stores for only a buck. You might be wondering whether a $1 pregnancy test is going to be accurate. That’s a good question and, according to this news report, the answer is yes.

8. Vases and decorative bowls

Don’t bother with other stores for vases and decorative bowls. The dollar store probably carries a number of styles at a price that can’t be beat. You can use vases to skip the florist and make your own, much cheaper arrangements. Or spruce up decorative glass bowls to make inexpensive gifts for family or friends.

9. Mugs and glasses

Like vases and bowls, mugs and glasses are also a good buy at dollar stores. The quality is comparable to what you might get at Walmart or other mass merchandisers. As a bonus, you can typically buy only the items you need rather than being forced to purchase a set.

10. Dishware

Dollar stores also often have a nice selection of open stock dishware. This isn’t going to be top-of-the-line quality, but they’re perfectly serviceable pieces. For those with little kids, dollar store dishes can be just what you need to get you through that phase of life when something seems to get broken in the kitchen on a weekly basis.

11. Storage containers

Plastic storage containers also get a thumbs up when it comes to great dollar store buys. In the grocery store, you can easily pay up to $5 for disposable containers. Get them for a buck at the dollar store instead. You can also find some great deals on storage bags, but be wary of off-brands that may not seal correctly.

12. Picture frames

If you’re crafty, dollar store picture frames are an excellent buy. With a little paint or other decoration, bargain frames can look as nice on your walls as their more expensive counterparts. However, quality can vary widely. Check the joints to make sure they are secure and look for stray glue that may be difficult to remove.

13. Bagged or boxed candy

Checkout lane candy will likely be just as cheap, if not cheaper, at the grocery store, but movie theater-style boxed candy and bagged candy can be a bargain at the dollar store. Next Halloween, head there for your treats rather than paying supermarket prices.

14. Socks

Much of the clothing you find at dollar stores is of an inferior quality and not worth the money. One exception may be socks. Dollar store socks can be as good as department store varieties if you buy the right type. Look for ones made with acrylic or spandex for a comfy fit.

15. Washcloths and dish towels

Finally, the price of washcloths and dish towels at the dollar store can’t be beat. You need to be careful with some towels that won’t be absorbent enough to dry dishes. However, even those work great as cleaning rags.

Did we miss anything? Leave a comment below or go to our Facebook page to tell us what you think are the best buys at the dollar store.

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 Enjoy!

Blessings, Jean

1. Greeting cards

There is no reason to spend $4 to $5 or more on a greeting card when dollar stores typically have a wide selection available for a buck or less. You might not get textured paper or fancy extras like ribbon, but the heartfelt message you write will be the same regardless of how expensive the card looks.

2. Party supplies

By some estimates, you can save up to 70 percent by using party supplies from a dollar store. Get plastic tablecloths, paper plates and cups, streamers and favors from the dollar store and save a bundle. Don’t forget to look for Mylar/foil balloons too. These are an absolute bargain and can easily sell for five times as much elsewhere.

3. Gift bags, boxes and wrapping paper

While you’re getting your party supplies, look for gift bags and wrapping paper too. You could end up paying two or three times more for gift bags and boxes at other stores. In addition, wrapping paper can be a steal. You might not get the same thickness of expensive paper, but for something that’s going to end up in the trash, why pay more?

4. Seasonal décor

From extra ornaments for your Christmas tree to a scarecrow to stake in your front yard for the fall, dollar stores can have a surprisingly robust selection of seasonal décor. Pick up some bargain-priced items to decorate your house for less. But stay away from holiday lights, which have a poor track record of safety at discount stores.

5. Reading glasses

As we age, we often lose elasticity in our eyes and that makes it more difficult to focus on close objects. In many cases, a simple pair of reading glasses is all you need, and the reading glasses at dollar stores are as good as those found in other stores. However, if you have trouble seeing at a distance, it may be time to schedule an eye exam and see about getting a prescription pair.

6. Hair accessories

From elastic bands to bobby pins to headbands, you can find hair accessories at a fraction of the price at dollar stores. Combs and brushes can be a bargain too.

7. Pregnancy tests

Grocery store pregnancy tests will set you back $10 to $15, but you can find them at some dollar stores for only a buck. You might be wondering whether a $1 pregnancy test is going to be accurate. That’s a good question and, according to this news report, the answer is yes.

8. Vases and decorative bowls

Don’t bother with other stores for vases and decorative bowls. The dollar store probably carries a number of styles at a price that can’t be beat. You can use vases to skip the florist and make your own, much cheaper arrangements. Or spruce up decorative glass bowls to make inexpensive gifts for family or friends.

9. Mugs and glasses

Like vases and bowls, mugs and glasses are also a good buy at dollar stores. The quality is comparable to what you might get at Walmart or other mass merchandisers. As a bonus, you can typically buy only the items you need rather than being forced to purchase a set.

10. Dishware

Dollar stores also often have a nice selection of open stock dishware. This isn’t going to be top-of-the-line quality, but they’re perfectly serviceable pieces. For those with little kids, dollar store dishes can be just what you need to get you through that phase of life when something seems to get broken in the kitchen on a weekly basis.

11. Storage containers

Plastic storage containers also get a thumbs up when it comes to great dollar store buys. In the grocery store, you can easily pay up to $5 for disposable containers. Get them for a buck at the dollar store instead. You can also find some great deals on storage bags, but be wary of off-brands that may not seal correctly.

12. Picture frames

If you’re crafty, dollar store picture frames are an excellent buy. With a little paint or other decoration, bargain frames can look as nice on your walls as their more expensive counterparts. However, quality can vary widely. Check the joints to make sure they are secure and look for stray glue that may be difficult to remove.

13. Bagged or boxed candy

Checkout lane candy will likely be just as cheap, if not cheaper, at the grocery store, but movie theater-style boxed candy and bagged candy can be a bargain at the dollar store. Next Halloween, head there for your treats rather than paying supermarket prices.

14. Socks

Much of the clothing you find at dollar stores is of an inferior quality and not worth the money. One exception may be socks. Dollar store socks can be as good as department store varieties if you buy the right type. Look for ones made with acrylic or spandex for a comfy fit.

15. Washcloths and dish towels

Finally, the price of washcloths and dish towels at the dollar store can’t be beat. You need to be careful with some towels that won’t be absorbent enough to dry dishes. However, even those work great as cleaning rags.

Did we miss anything? Leave a comment below or go to our Facebook page to tell us what you think are the best buys at the dollar store.

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Like this article? Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll send you a regular digest of our newest stories, full of money saving tips and advice, free! We’ll also email you a PDF of Stacy Johnson’s ’205 Ways to Save Money’ as soon as you’ve subscribed. It’s full of great tips that’ll help you save a ton of extra cash. It doesn’t cost a dime, so why wait? Click here to sign up now.

The fast, free way to stay on top of your money.

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Money Talks News has teamed with PowerWallet for a free, confidential way to track your expenses, set budgets and goals, get bill reminders and earn free customized coupons.

Take a minute right now and check out PowerWallet. It’s the simple way to get a handle on your money.

Comments & discussion

We welcome your opinions, but let’s keep it civil. Like many businesses, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. In our case, that means those who communicate by name-calling, racism, using words designed to hurt others or generally acting like an uninformed bully.

Read more at http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2014/01/27/definitely-buy-these-15-things-at-a-dollar-store/#1VDt71GYwZRxk0I8.99

 

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