How to Save Money Without Clipping Coupons: Cookbook Edition

Is it possible to save money without clipping coupons? Yes, and these cookbooks are part of the plan.

Do you want to save money without clipping coupons? This is the best list of the most useful cookbooks that help you save money on your weekly grocery bill.

While I do publish a Natural and Organic Coupon Round-Up every week, and I’ve written How to Get Free Groceries Every Week, I know that these coupons can only do so much to help your grocery budget.

If you want to save money without clipping coupons, cooking at home is the best place to start.

Cooking from home not only saves you money, it also allows you to significantly improve your family’s diet. It’s a win-win.

The cookbooks I’m sharing with you today are the ones I think every budget conscious family should have.

The Best List of Cookbooks That Help You Save Money Without Clipping Coupons

Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast Weeknight Meals: Over 280 Incredible Supper Solutions

I’m starting with this cookbook because it is the cookbook we used when my daughter wanted to learn how to cook this summer. The recipes are that simple.

In fact, every recipe has 5 or less ingredients OR it can be prepped in under 15 minutes. What’s better than that?

BONUS: Most recipes come with a recommended side dish recipe that can be made in only 10 minutes!

The fact that the recipes call for so few ingredients definitely helps with your grocery budget. No complicated ingredients, just healthy and fresh fare.

The Best List of Cookbooks That Help You Save Money Without Clipping Coupons

Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals
I think a good basic cookbook should have good photos – and this one does.

This is the cookbook that has those recipes you will want to bookmark and cook over and over again.
The Best List of Cookbooks That Help You Save Money Without Clipping Coupons

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day

This is the cookbook that will teach you to eat healthy on a food stamps budget.

Seriously. This is about eating well without spending a fortune. We’re talking about a whole section on how to make hot dogs healthy.

If you are struggling with a food budget, this cookbook is a great investment.

The Best List of Cookbooks That Help You Save Money Without Clipping Coupons

Family Feasts for $75 a Week:
A Penny-wise Mom Shares Her Recipe for Cutting Hundreds from Your Monthly Food Bill

This cookbook will definitely inspire you to save money without clipping coupons.

If you are a total newbie when it comes to saving at the grocery store, this book will walk you through compiling a grocery list and working up a meal plan.

The Best List of Cookbooks That Help You Save Money Without Clipping Coupons
The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking

There is nothing on this planet like a loaf of freshly baked bread with it’s dark crispy crust and an airy, light inside. My mouth waters just thinking about it.

With this cookbook, your baking skills do not matter. It really does teach you how to bake wholesome, delicious bread at home quickly and easily.

What’s more? Each loaf will cost you an average of $0.30!!! Y’all. That’s some serious savings.

Once you’ve mastered the simple loaf, you’ll soon be making breads like Roasted Garlic Potato Bread or Wisconsin Beer-Cheese Bread and those $3.00 specialty loaves from your grocery store bakery will be a thing of the past.

The 100% whole wheat sandwich bread is a family favorite. Let the dough sit in the fridge for about 5 days to get a good fermentation before baking and you’ve got a real healthy, real foodie loaf.

Do you want to save money without clipping coupons? This is the best list of the most useful cookbooks that help you save money on your weekly grocery bill.

Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook
Okay, here’s the truth. I do not like big freezer cooking days. It takes more time than I think it will. It never seems to account for the fact that I use every dish in the kitchen. I always end up with a massive clean-up on my hands. It just never seems worth it to spend one whole day cooking.

That said, I still like to have good, healthy food in the freezer for nights when I just plain need help.

The beauty of this book is it gives you the flexibility to do an all day freezer cooking plan, or just to make a recipe or two to suit your schedule.

Flexibility is the key when it comes to saving money. If pork tenderloin is on sale, you could decide to buy several and only do the pork tenderloin recipes in this book. That’s a great time and money saver right there.

This book also has a lot of great non-meat meals. The Vegetable Bolognese is both delicious and economical.

Now it’s your turn: What are the cookbooks you would recommend to help save money without clipping coupons?

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How to Get Free and Discount Products from Amazon (The Easy Way!)

How to Get Free and Discount Products from Amazon The Easy Way!

UPDATE: Amazon has changed it’s policies. It is unclear whether any of these programs will continue to work.

This is not a drill. I just experienced the easiest way to get free and discount products from Amazon.

Here’s the low down.

Sellers on Amazon need accurate and honest reviews from purchasers about their product to rank higher in Amazon search. So they are willing to give you their product for free or deeply discounted in exchange for a review.

That’s it. That’s the secret. Write a review = snag a deal on Amazon!

There are several websites that specialize in matching sellers with reviewers. All of these sites will need to verify your Amazon account. I’ve vetted these companies for you, so you can trust them with this information.

The way each site works varies a bit. However, they are all looking for people who can write a good review on the products they receive.

You will need to adhere to each site’s guidelines and suggestions as to what makes a good review. If you are looking to earn more and better review opportunities, learn what Amazon wants out of customer reviews.

None of these sites will reimburse you for shipping costs. If you are an Amazon Prime member, most products will ship free with your Prime membership.

How to Get Hot Deals on Amazon Products the Easy Way

Here are the sites I’ve had the opportunity to check out for you.

HonestFew.com – After you register with HonestFew, they will start emailing you deals. For items you’d like to review, you will be given a coupon code to use on Amazon to purchase the product at a discount. Once you receive the product, put it to use. Then, head over to Amazon and leave your honest review.

Every product has a limited amount offered at the discount, so you do need to act fast to get in on the deals you want.

Snagshout.com – Once you’ve registered with Snagshout, you can browse their selection and choose what item you’d like to review. You will be given a promo code to order the product.

Snagshout limits the number of products you can be reviewing to one at a time. However, after you’ve successfully written several reviews, they will bump that number up to five.

You are required to include disclosure language in your review. Failure to do so may result in your termination from the program.

AMZReviewTrader.com – New products are posted daily to their site or you can elect to get the deals emailed directly to you. Scroll through the offerings and choose what item you’d like to review.

AMZ claims to have the steepest discounts on the products put up for review. Check out their selection to see for yourself.

I was really excited to find an aromatherapy diffuser at a steep discount I wanted to review.

Remember, if you use any of these sites to get cheap products from Amazon, you are obligated to write a review.  Failure to do so will result in your being removed from their service.

Find a product you want to review? Tell us about your experience!

Now read 5 Secret Ways to Save at Amazon.com (You’ve Never Heard of!)

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How I Saved Over $10,000 On Our Kitchen Remodel {And You Can Too!}

How I Saved on Kitchen Remodel

One year ago we became the third generation to own the “family home.” This move was in the works for quite some time before it ever happened.

When you purchase a home that has been in your husband’s family for three generations, you walk the tightrope of wanting to create a home that is uniquely yours while at the same time maintaining those features that hold familiar memories.

I agonized over remodeling the kitchen. The cabinets were original and had been custom built on-site. The tile floors were Pete’s grandmother’s pride. But there was no insulation in the wall behind the cabinets, the floor plan didn’t quite work for our family, and most of the appliances were outdated.

Then I saw this listing on Craig’s List:

Craigs List Cabinets

In case you can’t read my screenshot of the Craig’s Listing: The sellers had just paid $10,000 for these cabinets and had them partially installed before realizing the doors were a different shade of white from the bases. The store from which they ordered the cabinets offered to install all new cabinets and let them sell the mismatched ones.

Y’all. It was destiny. They were the EXACT cabinets I would order if I were purchasing new cabinets. The remodel was on!

We negotiated on the price and purchased the cabinets for just $3,000. By purchasing our cabinets off Craig’s List we saved $7,000 on our cabinets.

Purchasing our cabinets off Craig’s List was the start of our savings. But there were several lessons we learned about remodeling our kitchen using Craig’s List you’ll want to read.

Kitchen Cabinet Roll Out Drawers

Our Craig’s List cabinets even came with roll out drawers!

Now that we had the cabinets and saw the potential for savings, we then set about trying to figure out how we could save money on the rest of the remodel.

The first thing we did was to try to figure out what we could sell in the kitchen to help raise money.

I started with recycling scrap metal. It was a quick and easy $40. Might not sound like much, but it was exactly what I needed. Read on and you’ll see why.

I then removed the cute cabinet drawer pulls and sold them on Craig’s List. Another $30.

The refrigerator was gorgeous. It was stainless steel and the popular french door style. Unfortunately it would not fit with the new cabinet layout.

Refrigerator Sold on Craigs List

We were able to sell the refrigerator for $400.

Bookshelf Built in Refrigerator Nook
We changed the location of the refrigerator in the new layout. We now have a bookshelf where the old refrigerator was.

We started out our remodel with $680 that we had raised by selling what we could salvage in the old kitchen.

No, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but we were able to stretch it and create a gorgeous kitchen by buying used where we could.

The $30 I made off selling the old kitchen cabinet drawer pulls was just enough to purchase these cabinet knobs I found on Craig’s List.

Kitchen Cabinet Knobs

I met up with a lady in the parking lot of a Safeway and bought a bag of 33 brushed nickel knobs. That was less than a dollar a knob. The same knobs at Lowe’s?

Kitchen Knobs

$3.48 per knob!!!! Had I purchased those same 33 knobs at Lowe’s, I would have paid $114.84! I saved $84.84 by buying our knobs on Craig’s List.

Here’s where you should probably read 9 Tips to Search Craig’s List Like a Pro. You’ll learn about search terms, which was really important when it came to these knobs, because everyone calls them something different. Knobs, pulls, drawer pulls, kitchen hardware…. seriously.

I searched Craig’s List for months for the bin pulls I had my heart set on. Alas, we struck out and had to purchase them new. I purchased them from Overstock for just $39.50 for a pack of 25. The $40 I made from selling the scrap metal was just enough to pay for these. This is the second item I was able to purchase in full using funds we had made off selling items from the old kitchen.

Scratch and Dent Dishwasher

Our dishwasher we actually bought a few months before the remodel started. The old dishwasher wasn’t cutting it and I found one at a scratch and dent sale for only $350 – 50% off the price since there was a slight defect. We then were able to submit it for an Energy Star Rebate, and got $50 back!

By purchasing a dishwasher with a small defect we saved another $400.

Old Stove Before Remodel

Perhaps my favorite purchase was our “New to Us” Electrolux dual fuel stove.

Range Purchased Off Craigs List

I struck out several times trying to find a stove I would love. We even drove over an hour away to look at one only to find it wasn’t even close to what was advertised on Craig’s List.

The listing for this stove popped up and within an hour I was looking at it and paying for it.

Here’s the beauty of this stove – it is so new it is actually still under warranty!!!! The couple we bought it from had purchased it a year before they started a remodel. The plans for their remodel included a cooktop and wall ovens – which meant they had to sell their stove.

I paid $1,000 for the stove. If I had purchased it new with the extended warranty, I would have paid $2700!

Finally, we agonized over keeping the GE Monogram range hood. Check out the shape. No one who has ever cooked in this kitchen has escaped banging their head on the corner.Old GE Monogram Range Hood

However, no one can deny it is stylish, complemented the rest of the stainless steel in the kitchen, and most importantly, saved us $2,000.

Kitchen Remodel
While I’m not a fan of the shape of the range hood, it does look nice in the kitchen.

Saving money on a kitchen remodel means compromise. Would I have preferred a pop-up down draft hood that wasn’t a danger to our foreheads? Yes. But the budget was our top priority. Since a fully functional $2,000 hood was already in place, we decided the savings were worth it.

When evaluating your kitchen remodel, figure out what you can keep to save money.

Here’s the breakdown of our savings:

Cabinets Purchased from Craig’s List – $7,000 savings
Cabinet Knobs Purchased from Craig’s List – $84.84 savings and no money out of pocket
Cabinet Bin Pulls Purchased from Overstock – $40 no money out of pocket
Scratch and Dent Dishwasher Purchase – $400 savings
Electrolux Dual Fuel Stove Purchased from Craig’s List – $1,700 savings
Living with the Dangerous Cornered Range Hood – $2,000 savings
TOTAL SAVINGS: $11,224.84

AND HERE’S OUR NEW KITCHEN:

Kitchen After

Kitchen Remodel Craigs List After

Save on Your Next Kitchen Remodel

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10 Lessons I Learned About Remodeling a Kitchen Using Craig’s List

10 Lessons for Remodeling Using Craigs List

In an effort to both save money and upcycle materials, we recently remodeled our kitchen using Craig’s List finds.

While we were able to save $10,000 on our remodel, there were definite lessons we learned.

1. IT TAKES TIME

You will need time to find everything you need and/or want for your kitchen if you are relying on Craig’s List finds.

It was 16 months between the time we found the perfect kitchen cabinets on Craig’s List to the time they were actually installed in our home.

16 months.

This is where you really need to embrace the hunt. New items are listed every day and trust me when I say there is good stuff out there just waiting for the right buyer. Patience and persistence will be required to find just the right items.

Make sure you know these 9 Tips for Searching Craig’s List like a pro and you will be well on your way to the kitchen (or bath, or dining room, or laundry room…) of your dreams.

2. YOU MAY NEED STORAGE

While we waited to start work on our kitchen, we needed a place to put our cabinets before we installed them. For us, it meant the cabinets lived in one side of the garage and a car was parked outside.

My best advice to you is to have a plan for where your purchases will be stored and make sure you will be able to live with the arrangements for an extended period of time.

3. YOU MAY NEED TO KISS A FEW FROGS BEFORE FINDING YOUR PRINCE

Not everything on Craig’s List is “as advertised.” In fact, there are a lot of items that might look great in a picture, that aren’t so great in real life. And not everyone fully discloses the truth.

We found a stove I really, really wanted because I just knew from the description it was going to be absolutely perfect. The listing was an hour away in Denver. We found a Saturday to drive up and take a look.

Once we arrived, we found the stove was not at all as advertised and ended up walking away.

While we were disappointed, it is part of the process. After all, once you install something in your kitchen, you will want to live with it for a long time. Make sure it is something you can truly live with for an extended period of time.

This was when I learned to ask for more pictures if the ones in the listing weren’t clear enough. Motivated sellers won’t hesitate to snap a few more and send them to you.

Range Purchased Off Craigs List
It took several tries, but we finally found the perfect stove on Craig’s List

4. MEASURE, MEASURE, MEASURE

You need to know the exact measurements of your kitchen, as well as the exact measurements of your Craig’s List purchase to make sure everything will fit.

This was a HUGE fail on my part.

When we purchased our cabinets off Craig’s List, I was given the measurements of all the cabinets from the seller.

Only they weren’t all the correct measurements. I was told the measurement for the sink base was 33 inches.

It wasn’t. It was only 30 inches.

When did we discover this? Upon installation. I never double checked the measurements!!!

Fortunately, it didn’t really affect the layout of the kitchen. However, if more than one cabinet had been a different size from what I was told it was, it could have potentially blown the entire kitchen layout.

While it didn’t affect the layout of the kitchen, it did mean I had to purchase a special sized sink at full cost. It also meant I could only purchase a sink with one basin – not the two basin sink I really wanted.

The moral of the story is you must measure everything and be precise in your measurements in order for the layout of your kitchen to really work.

Kitchen Remodel Using Cabinets Found on Craigs List
Although I didn’t measure the sink base, it all worked out in the end.

5. CONSIDER HOW YOU WILL GET YOUR PURCHASES HOME

This is another case where you need to measure your purchases.

Remodeling a kitchen using Craig’s List means you will have many oversized purchases that won’t fit into the trunk of a car.

We ended up renting a U-haul to pick up the cabinets we purchased. It wasn’t a large expense, but it was an expense.

6. KNOW WHEN TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

The installation of the kitchen cabinets was beyond our capabilities. Our home was built in the 50s and the floor is no longer level and the walls all have a bit of wave to them.

We are good at a lot of things, but construction projects are not one of them. Hanging pictures is about the only home improvement project we can truly say we’ve mastered.

Hiring a contractor to help with the installation of the kitchen meant a professional finish job that will last.

Craigs List Kitchen Cabinets
Our kitchen remodel in progress.

7. COUNT THE PARTS

Again, this is a lesson we learned so that you don’t have to.

When we went to install the kitchen cabinets, we realized we were missing an entire drawer! Luckily, we had hired a professional to do the kitchen install. He was able to craft one and a crisis was averted.

But if you take the time to make sure you have all the parts when making your Craig’s List purchase, you will be ahead of the game!

8. DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE MAKING A PURCHASE

One of the items we needed for our new kitchen layout was a new stove.

Any time a listing for a stove that met my specifications came up on Craig’s List, I immediately researched the product reviews for that particular stove.

This research project allowed me to identify any known flaws with the product. Did 150 people complain about the noisiness of the internal fan? Chance are the stove you just found on Craig’s List will have a noisy internal fan.

9. BE WILLING TO CLEAN

Wouldn’t you think if you were trying to sell something you’d clean it first?

Not so much.

Do a fair assessment of your find – is this surface grime or is it indicative of an appliance that was not cared for?

Surface grime you can deal with, neglect you can’t.

Inside the Craigs List Stove We Purchased for Our Kitchen Remodel
The interior of our new stove needed cleaning.

10. NEGOTIATE BUT DON’T INSULT (AND DON’T EXPECT A MIRACLE)

When I negotiate, I always start by asking, “Is this the best you can do on the price?”

If you have a price in mind that you are willing to pay, give the seller some incentive to take your offer. For example, you might have the cash with you and the ability to haul off your purchase right then. This could entice a seller to take your offer.

Please note: When the seller states in their listing that the price is non-negotiable, they mean it. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean you can’t tell them the price you are willing to pay. Leave them with your contact information and let them know if they haven’t sold by the end of the week, the month, the whatever timeframe, that your offer will be good for that time period.

You never know if your offer will look good after the listing has lingered with no buyers.

Kitchen Remodel

Using Craig’s List saved us a substantial amount on our remodel, and we are pleased with the results. My hope is that you will take what we learned and use it to upcycle materials for your next remodel project!

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How to Buy Scratch and Dent Appliances (And Save 50 to 60%!)

How to Buy Scratch and Dent AppliancesDid you know you can save up to 50 to 60% off your next appliance purchase when you learn how to buy scratch and dent appliances?

When we remodeled our last kitchen, I bought a brand spankin’ new fridge from Sears. They delivered it to our house a week or two before it was installed.

While we waited for it to be installed, it lived in the garage, where all the workmen were working.

Once it was installed I noticed there was a dent in the front. It was down low and not highly visible, but the fact remained, I had purchased a brand new fridge and it had a dent right in front!

No one would claim responsibility.

Sears claimed it could have been damaged while it lived in the garage or when my contractor installed it.  (True. I never inspected it when it was delivered and I turned down their installation service since the kitchen wasn’t ready for it to be installed.)

The contractor claimed it could have been damaged at the manufacturer or when Sears delivered it. (True. Again, did I mention I did a dumb thing and I never inspected it when it was delivered???)

All that to say, I lived with a fridge that I had paid full price for but it had a small dent in the front.

And ya know what? I was the only one who ever really noticed.

That’s when I learned that I was a-ok with an appliance with a dent in it – but I sure as heck would never pay full price for one again!

When we started the remodel on the kitchen of the family homestead, I became the expert on buying scratch and dent appliances. Like my new dishwasher.

Scratch and Dent Dishwasher

Can you find the imperfection? Would you have found it if I hadn’t told you there was one?

Dishwasher with Scratch

That rub on the control panel does not bother me one bit. I’m more focused on the fact it holds more dishes than the last dishwasher, it is far quieter to run, and it is more energy efficient – saving me on my water and electric bill.

And I was able to get the dishwasher at 50% below retail price – even though it was brand new – all because of that little rub.

Where to Find Scratch and Dent Appliances

While there are stores that specialize in and only carry scratch and dent appliances, you don’t need to live near one to purchase a scratch and dent appliance.

You can find scratch and dent appliances at ANY store that carries major appliances. Sears, Lowes, Home Depot, Best Buy, and any others will all have a scratch and dent section.

If you can’t locate the section on your own, just ask a salesperson. The store is looking to offload these damaged goods, so they are more than happy to help you find them.

Be Prepared to Shop Around

In order to find the right size and style for your kitchen, you may need to shop around and check the selection at several different stores before finding the right appliance.

Unless you need an appliance right away, this process could take several weeks. You’ll need to hunt to locate an appliance that has the correct specifications and the least amount of noticeable damage.

Don’t be discouraged during this process. It is like a scavenger hunt. And when you find the right appliance at a steep discount, I promise you will be doing a happy dance in the end.

Scratch and Dent Department

The Greater the Defect, The Greater the Discount

Makes sense, doesn’t it? If you are looking for a freezer for your garage, who cares if there is a big old dent in the front – as long as it runs. Am I right? Besides, odds are your 16 year old driver could hit the brake a little too late and you’ll end up with a big old dent in the front anyway.

But not all scratch and dent appliances have dents in the front. There are many, many appliances you’ll find where the dents are in the sides or the back. Or the scratches in the stainless steel are so low, they may as well be non-existent. These may not be discounted to the same degree, but they will still save you a significant amount of money.

If you are shopping for your kitchen, you may want to narrow your search to an appliance where the imperfection is in the sides or the back. These appliances do exist! You just may need to take the extra time and effort to locate them.

Prices are Negotiable

Why are Americans so put off by negotiating? You are about to spend your hard earned dollars on a product the store would love to get rid of.

It never hurts to ask for a steeper discount!

I usually ask, “Is this the best you can do on the price?” If you are an artful negotiator, you could then throw in a few extra comments about the condition and perhaps make it appear like you are actually doing them a favor by offering to take damaged goods off their hands.

On our dishwasher purchase, I was able to get an additional $50 taken off the price, simply because I asked for a steeper discount. HOLLA!

Ask About Warranties

Depending on where you buy your appliance, it may be eligible for a warranty. It is risky to buy a damaged appliance, so this is a huge benefit if your appliance is warrantied.

If the appliance you are buying is a return, most stores will have refurbished the appliance and will offer a warranty to guarantee the operability of the appliance.

Have you purchased a scratch and dent appliance?

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Use These 9 Tips to Search Craigslist Like a Pro

Tips to Search Craigslist

Oh how I love my Craigslist. I’ve used it to remodel my kitchen. I used it to save 50% off a set of snow tires. I’ve used it to create an exercise room.

Ok, so maybe I actually have just an exercise corner – not a room. Indulge me.

The point here is, Craigslist can save you a bundle of money and makes it not only easy to “upcycle” but to “upgrade.”

Before you go hunting down your own Craigslist treasure, you’ll want to read these 9 tips to search Craigslist like a pro.

Tip 1. USE KEYWORDS

This is where you need to think about exactly what you want.

Let’s say you need a set of adjustable weight dumbbells. That’s what you’ll want to search first.

Next, you’ll want to look up just dumbbells. Then, you’ll want to look up weights. Keep going and try exercise equipment.

To search Craigslist like a pro you need to think of taking your very specific search and working out to a general search. You might know that you want a Herman Miller Aeron C for your desk, so that would be your first keyword search. The seller might know they have a desk chair but have no idea people are really excited by a Herman Miller chair. So your next search might be desk chair.

Tip 2. USE MISSPELLINGS

I’m of the opinion you never 100% learn to spell. There are always those words that present a challenge.

For example, avocado always trips me up. Shouldn’t it be avacado? That’s how I say it.

Anywho.

When you are searching Craigslist like a pro, you’ll want to search as many misspellings for your keyword as you can possibly imagine.

Here are some examples of common Craigslist misspellings:

6 Common Craigslist Misspellings

Need an armoire? Try armoir, armwore, armiore. Searching for a dresser? You’ll also need to look for a dressor. Or, you might find a great table when you search tabel. Is it a dining room table? Or is it a dinning room table?

You get the picture.

Tip 3. SEARCH BY GALLERY

The default search on Craigslist takes you to a classified style list. It has the title but no picture. Craigslist pros want to see the photo listings – not have to click on each one.

That’s where gallery view comes in.

Craigslist Gallery View

Type in your keyword. When your results pull up, click on the Gallery View button to be able to see at a glance if the listing is something you want to investigate further.

Awesome, yes?

 Tip 4. SEARCH BY MAP

The awesomeness doesn’t end with gallery view. Now you can also search Craigslist by map.

Search Craigslist by Map

This view makes me giddy. You can see exactly where the listing is located!

Again, you’ll want to enter your keyword into the search bar. Then, when the search results are returned, you’ll want to click on the “MAP” button.

Once it pulls up the map, hover over the number. If there are multiple listings, Craigslist will drill down to that particular area and show you a new, more detailed map of those listings.

Listings may be more appealing based on their proximity to you. Or, they might be more appealing based on their proximity to the more ritzy parts of town.

Tip 5. USE THE | IN YOUR SEARCH

Let’s say you are looking for furniture for your kiddo’s room. And you know you need either a bunk bed or a trundle bed.

Take a little looksy at  your keyboard. See the key above the enter key? That’s where you will find the | key.

Into the Craigslist search bar enter bunk bed | trundle bed. Your search results will now show you all the bunk bed and trundle bed listings all at once.

Tip 6. USE THE – (MINUS SIGN) IN YOUR SEARCH

Now let’s say you’re a Pottery Barn fan. And you just want to see what Pottery Barn items are out there.

Except you just bought a Pottery Barn bed. So you know you don’t need one of those.

In the search bar enter Pottery Barn -bed. Craigslist will filter out any results that include the word “bed”.

Tip 7. USE QUOTATION MARKS

So a curious thing happened when you searched for bunk beds. You learned there is a RV/trailer/5th wheel known as a bunk.

To make sure those trailers don’t show up in your search results, you’ll want to search for “bunk beds” using the quotation marks around your search term. That tells Craigslist you just want to see bunk beds.

Tip 8. SET A MINIMUM AMOUNT ABOVE $1

Dealers and scammers post their listings at $1. They do this so if you set your view to show from the lowest price to the highest, you will automatically be shown their listings first.

Make it a habit to set your minimum price to 2 to filter those listings out.

Craigslist minimum price

Tip 9. USE AN APP

There was a time when I was obsessed with finding a dual fuel range. (other search terms: duel fuel range, dual fuel stove, duel fuel stove, “dual fuel”, “dual fuel” -truck)

Instead of spending every free moment popping onto the computer to see if a new listing was up, I used the cPro app for my iPhone.

While the free functionality of the cPro app is good, I did spend the $2.99 for the notifications.

For $2.99 I found the perfect range and saved $2,000. I’d say it was worth the investment, wouldn’t you?

So tell me fellow Craigslist pros, what did I miss?

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3 Tricks to Try to Save at Amazon

3 Tricks to Save at Amazon

Use these tricks to saving even more when you order from Amazon.

Do you like shopping Amazon? Me too! I love the convenience and the prices.

But how do you know if you are always getting the best prices?

I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that I use every time I shop Amazon. By using these tricks, I know I get the best prices at Amazon every time I shop there.

Here are your Tricks to Try to Save More Money at Amazon:

1. Use Two Browsers to Browse Prices.

Did you know that Amazon can have two different prices on a product – one for a customer that is logged in, and one that is not?

Here’s how this savings trick works:

        1. Log into your Amazon account like you normally would do when shopping on Amazon.com.  Find the product you want to purchase and take note of the price.
        2. Open a separate browser. (ie- if you normally use Chrome, open up Firefox or Internet Explorer). You will NOT be logged into your account on this browser.
        3. Make sure you have the cookies cleared in the second browser.
        4. Now open up Amazon.com and search for the same product and compare prices.

You may not find a difference in prices. However, Amazon has been known to charge it’s logged in customers MORE for a product because they know you already shop there and will probably pay it.

By using this trick you can make sure you always get the best deals.

2. Add What You Need to Your Cart – But Don’t Buy It… YET. 

Have you ever noticed that if you leave something in your cart and then walk away, Amazon will start sending you emails to entice you to buy?

I did this recently with a kitchen faucet. I was having trouble committing to the purchase. I put the item in my cart and then left it there.

The next day, Amazon emailed me about faucets. They were NOT the same faucet I was looking at, but it was for a selection that was actually better priced.

I ended up picking a faucet from the email Amazon sent me and am very happy with my purchase.

While there is no guarantee that Amazon will send you a money saving email, if you don’t have to make a purchase right away, you may want to add an item to your cart, walk away, and see what happens over the next few days.

3. Use Price Jump

Savings.com has come out with a cool new tool called Price Jump. Price Jump will search it’s database and instantly compare Amazon product prices to prices around the web to ensure that you are getting the best deal when shopping on Amazon.

I like this tool because if the best price is at Amazon, they will tell you. But if it can be purchased cheaper elsewhere, it will tell you that to!

****BONUS AMAZON PRIME TRICK TO TRY****

Get a FREE $1 Amazon eBook or Instant Download Credit

If you are an Amazon Prime member, right now you can earn FREE $1 credits for Amazon eBooks or Instant Downloads.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Purchase all your items separately. Do NOT put more than one item in your basket.
  2. Go through the purchasing process.
  3.  When you get to the checkout, opt out of the free two day shipping.

Free Amazon Credit

When you opt out of the free two day shipping, you should be rewarded by Amazon with a FREE credit!

Sometimes the free $1 credit is for an Amazon Instant Video, and sometimes it is for a free $1 ebook credit.

Either way, if you can wait to get your items, you can rack up some FREE credits! One for every item you order!

If you shop Amazon often, then your next read needs to be:

save at Amazon

Happy Savings!!!!

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