Thrifty and Thriving

Surviving with a hot dog budget in a caviar world

Would you dress like a cow for free chicken?

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There have been a lot of free food coupons lately from fast food retailers who want to gain new customers. This is the wackiest one I’ve heard of. Apparently if you go to Chick-Fil-A today dressed as a cow (I’m not kidding), you can get a free combo meal. Unfortunately, we don’t have any in […] [Read More]
Categories: General

They banned bottled water sales!

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Here’s a fun article about a township in Australia that banned the sale of bottled water. Some highlights: On Wednesday, 356 people turned up for a vote — the biggest turnout ever at a town meeting. Only two people voted no. One said he was worried banning bottled water would encourage people to drink sugary […] [Read More]
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$500 to your newborn

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There’s a new legislation that will be proposed next week that
would establish savings accounts for all newborn U.S. citizens and allow them to grow tax free, with the federal government donating $500 to start each account
My guess, the government will get that money back in taxes (and then some!) when the kid [...] [Read More]
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SanDisk flash drives for $12 at Walmart

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I always find back-to-school sales in July depressing. This one, I guess, isn’t as bad because it’s directed toward college students who do start earlier, but come on! July 4th was last Saturday! Anyway, Walmart is advertising some college essentials on sale from July 12 – July 18, including 4GB SanDisk flash [...] [Read More]

Free shipping: Boscov’s, Coldwater Creek, Target

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I guess now is the time to shop online and have it shipped. Here are some deals I received in my inbox today. From Target: Save 15% when you spend over $125 on patio and garden merchandise. Spend over $50 and get free shipping. You can also get free shipping on select furniture and electronics. […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Buy the car and the remorse is free

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I’ve written a lot in the past about my car, a 2000 Honda Civic. A very good little car — one that I traded in a couple of weeks ago. I know Honda owners everywhere are cursing me now. It still had a lot of life left in it, but it was close to being […] [Read More]
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Save 40% at Jo-Ann

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It occurred to me this morning that I didn’t blog at all yesterday. I’m a little behind on this one, but it’s good until this Saturday, July 11. Use coupon code NER192 online to get 40% off any one regular-priced item at Jo-Ann. [Read More]

Save up to 20% online at Bon-Ton

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Use coupon code JULY68NLDSC between now and July 8 to receive a discount of up to 20% off on sale merchandise. Click here for more details. This is an online-only promotion. [Read More]
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