Archive for October, 2014
After recently being told we were expect twins, finding cheap diapers went from being important to being extremely important. Even if you are just having one baby, diaper can be very expensive. Finding the cheapest diapers online can save you big in the long run. Just because a diaper costs more money, doesn’t mean it is better.
Cloth or Disposable
First, you have to decide whether you are willing to put the effort into cloth diapers, which can save tons of money in the long run, as well as they are better for the environment, or the choice of many parents, disposable diapers. I can’t really say which is the better choice, but if you have the time and you are going for cheap diapers, my suggestion is go with cloth. They do require some extra work and extra laundry, but they make flush-able liners for them now so the mess is much less than they used to be. Also they are much more stylish then the disposable diapers.
Cheap Diapers on Ebay.com
If you take the time to plan ahead and order your cloth diapers from Japanese sellers on ebay, you can save lots of money. They do take about a month or longer to get to the States, but the money you will save is well worth it. You are looking at spending between six or seven dollars for a diaper and insert, verses twenty to thirty dollars if you purchase the diapers new in the United States. For preemie diapers, if you need them, an amazing seller on ebay is two92. They are actually a US seller, though the diapers do come from Japan. You can search two92 or simply search preemie cloth diaper. They have a store that will be opening soon at epttababy.com. They also offer cheap cloth diapers for normal size babies; however, you can find them cheaper if you order directly from Japan.
Sweethomeandshine1 is a Japanese seller that does sell cheap cloth diapers. They are very good quality and have inserts that are soft and will not hurt or scratch your baby’s bottom. You can also search Cloth Diapers online at ebay.com and easily find other sellers that ship from Japan and offer cheap, affordable diapers.
Cheap Diapers from Amazon.com
FERVENT LOVE offers cheap cloth diapers online at Amazon.com. They do ship from Japan, so expect a three to five week delay. The cloth diapers are colorful and also come with inserts. You can pick the styles that you want. The diapers are adjustable and you should be able to use them from birth through potty training, unless you deliver a preemie. I recently ordered several different times from this seller and was very pleased with the delivery time and the product quality. The diapers are very stylish and have snaps to change the size. They are very easy to use and come with instructions. You can search Cloth Diapers online at Amazon.com for other sellers. This is just the one I had the best luck with.
Other Online Help for Finding Cheap Diapers
If cloth diapers are not for you, then another online venue for finding cheap diapers is to bookmark mojosavings.com. This site is a great place to find cheap and free stuff. They often show you how to get disposable diapers at stores like Walgreens, CVS, Target and Walmart, for very cheap prices. I check this site every day and print any necessary coupons. They will tell you step by step what to buy and what the final price will be. I was recently able to purchase four large packages of pull up diapers by Huggies for less than twelve dollars.
No matter which type of diaper you choose, finding cheap diapers online is possible. It does take a little work, but it will save you in the long run.
Makeup, also known as cosmetics, can be a costly expense. I know this firsthand but have found many ways to save money on my makeup purchases. Here are 7 ways that I personally save money on makeup.
1. Coupon clipping.
My house receives the Sunday newspaper every week. The great thing about the Sunday paper is that there are usually a lot of ads and coupons in it. I can always count on there being coupons for makeup so I clip these coupons and put them directly into my wallet. If you find an item on sale and you also have a coupon for it you end up saying a lot of money. There have been many times where I was able to get an item for half of it’s regular price because it was on sale and I had a coupon for it.
2. Reward programs.
Many beauty stores offer a rewards program. I personally am apart of the rewards program at Ulta. Ulta’s rewards program works by accumulating one point for every dollar spent. After you accumulate so many points you can redeem them for anything in the store or for the salon services they offer. In addition to the points you also receive one free full-sized mascara every year on your birthday. Since it’s free to be apart of Ulta’s rewards program it’s worth it to be apart of it just for the free mascara.
3. Discount stores.
Most people don’t know this but there are many discount stores that sell brand name cosmetics at a very low price. I like shopping at Ross because almost every time I go there I usually find makeup bundles from the brand Physicians Formula. Inside these makeup bundles usually consist of three different full-sized makeup items for $7.99. That is a really good price considering sometimes these items cost that much individually in other stores.
I have bought makeup a couple of times off of eBay. I usually can score eyeshadow for about $1 to $2 each and the foundation that I use for around $8. If you do want to buy cosmetics off of eBay to save money be careful. Only buy from a seller that has a good rating to ensure that you are buying makeup that hasn’t been tampered with. It’s best to only buy items that you can clearly see a plastic seal still attached on the makeup in the photos that the seller provides in the listing. Some foundation bottles do not contain seals which means a seller could possibly fill up used bottles with a different solution which could be potentially harmful.
5. Buy in bulk.
Many stores, like Ulta, will have sales where you can buy multiples of one item for a great price. This gives you a chance to stock up so you don’t have to buy the item again for a long time. You can usually get the best price when you buy in bulk. Try contacting the makeup company directly and ask if they can provide you with a discount for buying in bulk.
I love samples and am avidly looking for free samples all the time. When a new product comes out it’s not uncommon for the company to offer free samples. Visit various cosmetics websites to check and see if they offer free samples. I’ve gotten makeup, shampoo, and conditioner many times just by visiting various websites. You can also contact companies directly and ask for samples. Sometimes you might only get a one-time use sample but other times you might get lucky and get a full-sized sample. If you write reviews for products there are many companies that are willingly to offer you free samples.
7. Sharing makeup sets.
Ulta sells these makeup sets that usually have about 20 different eye shadows, blush palettes, nail polish, eye liner, lipstick, and more. These sets usually are for sale at a great price but I’m not a big fan of every item that is inside them. To save money I sometimes will buy a set with someone. We then split the makeup by who wants each item. In the long run it’s the cheapest way to buy a lot of makeup that you actually want. You can also sell any unwanted items from sets on eBay. I have actually bought unwanted items from a set from someone else on eBay before. Most of the items within the set are individually sealed so I haven’t had any problem in buying the unwanted items that way.
Shopping smarter has reduced our weekly grocery bill from about $150 to around $40. We had routinely spent $100 on “stuff” before purchasing any actual food. It was foolish and proved we needed a better approach.
Identify Household Needs
Identify what is needed, not wanted. We do not need the latest DVD at the checkout. We need to eat. We need staples such as rice, flour, sugar, vegetables, milk, cleaning materials, hygiene products, and some meat to get through the week.
Promotions & Special Offers
We get the promotions from our local stores e-mailed and snail-mailed to us. If at all possible, we let the specials and promotions drive our shopping list.
It is crucial to do the math when comparing specials; the stores certainly do the math before offering them. Work out the per-unit prices and compare them to normal prices; the answer may surprise you. About 90% of the offers we receive represent equal or worse value to normal prices or are for things we don’t need.
Per unit math:
Special offer! 3 apples for $1!
$1 divided by 3 apples = 33.3 cents per apple
The everyday price for identical apples at a competitor is 30 cents per apple.
The special at store “A” is therefore not as good value as everyday prices at store “B”.
Source coupons for the items you plan to purchase. Coupons can be obtained online, in newspapers, via social media, and by asking manufacturers to send you some.
Some stores will double coupons on certain days. Try and go to the store on those days! It is important to understand the stores’ coupon policies, some our more generous than others.
If you are not using coupons, you are subsidizing those that do. Treat coupons as money, they can save you a bundle.
Detailed List & Grocery Plan
Make a final, detailed list of your necessary items based on the special offers and coupons you have sourced. If possible, write your list so that it takes you through the shop in a quick, systematic way. This will reduce your exposure to tempting but unnecessary offers, other people’s screaming children, arguing couples, and those people that seem fascinated with blocking an entire lane as they peruse various brands of sugar filled water and flavored noodles.
Stick to your list!
When you draw up your list, take into consideration all your available discounts. Student, senior, and military discounts are common; remember to ask for them at the checkout. If you don’t ask, you probably won’t get. Some stores charge for grocery bags, to avoid this pitfall recycle old bags or use permanent bags.
Be a Capitalist
Do not be afraid to take your money where the market leads you. Supermarkets are always competing with each other for your business. Reward the one(s) that give you the best deal that week. If you have time, consider hitting more than one store to get the bet deals you can.
When you can get an unbeatable deal that is really, really, great be sure to stock up on the item. Buying ahead can save you a fortune in the long run.
If a store offers a loyalty program, sign-up for it. Do that for all the stores you frequent. They will often discount goods further with members’ only savings in return for you sharing with them your buying habits.
Use your savings for your next vacation!