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Saturday Savings: Buy a Deep Freezer

Posted on August 08, 2015 by Wendy Krepak

Saturday Savings

There’s a difference between being “cheap” and “frugal.”

Cheap people refuse to spend money wherever they can, even if they need something. They think by not spending money, they’ll keep more of it. This isn’t always the case.

Being frugal means spending your money smartly. It means recognizing when you can save money by spending more of it at the right time.

When it comes to buying meat (and some other foods), this is the perfect time to be frugal.

In most cases, supermarkets and other food outlets give you deals when you buy more of an item. The two-pack of cereal boxes is cheaper than a single box. The tray of tomatoes has a set price that comes out to less than the per pound price of individual tomatoes.

If you’re like most families, you spend the largest percentage of your food budget on meat. If you have a really big family, this can be hundreds or even a thousand dollars per month. Yikes!

Obviously this is an area where we want to maximize our savings. A deep freezer is a worthwhile investment. It allows you to buy large quantities of meat and store them for a while.

If you really like saving and the discounts at your local wholesale club isn’t enough, most areas have a food distributor that serves restaurants, delis, cafes, etc. They usually deliver to these establishments, but they all have a window or counter where you can walk up and purchase a case (or larger) of anything they stock on site.

For example, if your family eats a lot of chicken (don’t they all?), buy a 50lb case of assorted pieces. When you get home, seal them up in prepackaged portions and drop them into your freezer.

In many cases, the price per pound of such large quantities is half of what you’ll find in your supermarket. If you used this method for beef, turkey, lamb, or any other meat you use, you will more than recover the cost of the deep freezer and its energy. Plus, you’ll never have to run out to the store to pick up meat.

Do you own a deep freezer? If so, what sort of things do you store in it?

Compact Coupon and Card OrganizerWritten by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer

For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.

For more information, visit www.cardcubby.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Card Cubby? Send your topic idea to pr@cardcubby.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Card Cubby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Saturday Savings: Ask About Promotions

Posted on August 01, 2015 by Wendy Krepak

If you’re like me, any time you find yourself in a store, restaurant or attraction, you keep your eyes peeled for promotions or offerings. You want to know about that 2-for-1 deal or kids-ride-free before you make your purchase so you can be sure you’re getting the best deal.

Sometimes, however, stores don’t make it so obvious. They advertise their promotions, but don’t post them in the venue. Many people will buy a family pack of tickets without knowing that kids 6 and under ride for free, thus overspending.

The simplest way to find out if there’s a money-saving option available for you is to ask.

That’s it! Just grab the ear of an associate for a minute and ask if they are having any specials or promotions at the moment. The employee will let you know if anything is going on and you can decide if that deal is right for you.

Many times they’ll tell you that no, nothing special is happening at the moment, but then you can rest assured that you’re spending as little as possible.

But sometimes, a store or restaurant won’t tell you they have a loyalty program unless you ask. It’s not exactly a secret, but they don’t want to pester every customer about signing up. Grab as many of these loyalty cards as you can. They’re free and will only save you money. Store them in your Card Cubby for easy access.

Any time you have an opportunity to sign up for email offers, do it. Emails don’t hurt anyone and you can always delete them, but this way you’ll be informed when a sale is happening and you won’t have to bug an associate.

Quick note: whether they’re having a special/sale or not, grab their discount or loyalty card before you buy, even if it means standing in line twice. Some stores might refuse to give you their deal on the day you sign up, so be a little sneaky and sign up for the card, switch lines, and then buy your items or tickets.

Compact Coupon and Card OrganizerWritten by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer

For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.

For more information, visit www.cardcubby.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Card Cubby? Send your topic idea to pr@cardcubby.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Card Cubby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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6 Effective Ways to Stay Organized While Shopping

Posted on June 27, 2015 by Wendy Krepak

Ways to Stay Organized While Shopping

For many people, shopping is an enjoyable experience. For others, it’s a necessary evil. No matter how you feel about shopping, everyone can agree that you’ve got to stay organized. Here are some helpful tips on keeping it all together while shopping.

1. Start with a list

There’s nothing more frustrating than leaving than coming home to realize that even though you bought a card full of items, you forgot the one thing you left the house for!

If you have more than three items to buy, never leave without a list. It could be as simple as a post-it note on your sleeve or an app on your phone. If it’s a big paper list, bring a pen with you so you can cross items off as you go.

2. Organize your coupons

If you’re like me, you take advantage of every coupon you can get your hands on. Why not? It’s basically free money!

Coupon Cubby is a great tool to keep those coupons organized so you can find the ones you need quickly in the checkout line. It lets you organize your coupons into categories or alphabetically, depending on your preference. There are some blank tabs too in case you want to add your own labels, like the common stores you shop at.

3. Go without distractions

Sometimes shopping is fun and you go with friends, but a lot of time shopping is time to get things done. If you can’t stay focused while your friend chats or with your kids in tow, leave them at home.

This is especially important when you have a lot of things to buy, some things you just can’t forget or you’re shopping during a busy season.

4. Plan for multiple stores

If your shopping trip is going to take you to multiple stores, separate your lists, coupons and loyalty cards so you only take in what you need. Don’t spend time sorting through one big list if half the items aren’t even in your current store.

5. Make notes of future savings

Keep a pen handy so you can take any notes while you shop. For example, you might see a special on avocados. You don’t need avocados today (and they spoil so quickly), but you might want to prepare something with them later in the week. This way you won’t forget about an opportunity to save money later.

6. Time your trip well

Every store has a busy time of the day and week. It’s tough to shop during these times because people are everywhere. You want to compare prices, features or nutritional information of products, but you can’t because hands are clawing over you to reach shelves or there’s a traffic jam of shopping carts.

If you can, shop during the off-peak hours so you can take your time and stay organized.

Compact Coupon and Card OrganizerWritten by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer

For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.

For more information, visit www.cardcubby.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Card Cubby? Send your topic idea to pr@cardcubby.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Card Cubby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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8 Tricks to Organize Your Life

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Wendy Krepak

Tricks to Organize Your Life

Modern life is busy. We all have a hundred things to do every day, especially if we have kids. By getting a handle on the chaos and taking some steps to get organized, you can give yourself from free time, reduce stress and even improve your health. Here are some organizational tricks that might help.

1. Choose the three most important tasks for each day

Sometimes we’re overwhelmed with the details and forget to look at the big picture. For example, we might spend hours decorating cupcakes when there are other dishes to make. Select the three most important items for the day and get them done early.

2. Use one task management system

In this day with plenty of apps and software kicking around, you might have a to-do list on your kitchen counter, a notepad on your cell phone and a calendar on your tablet. If your lists are in separate places, they are no use. Pick one system and tick with it.

3. Throw out meaningless things/tasks/people

Cut out the clutter in your life by getting rid of the things you don’t need. That includes needless stuff in your home, the contents of your purse, to-do list item that don’t really need your attention, and people who take up way too much of your time.

4. Start saying no

Bake cookies for the bake sale? Organize volunteers for the car wash? Chaperone that field trip? It’s quite alright to say when your schedule is stressed. Be polite, but firm. Don’t leave room for misinterpretation: “Sorry, I’m just too busy to help right now.”

5. Delegate to other people

Don’t be afraid to pass work on to other people if they benefit from the outcome. The kids can help clean the house; they live their too. Your staff at work can carry a little more load if you’re work schedule is hectic.

6. Create visual reminders

A list of tasks in the back of your head will make you feel cluttered. Put them down on paper so you aren’t forced to remember them all and can focus on the task at hand. Plus you get to satisfyingly check them off.

7. Label everything!

Once you have something organized, throw a label on it. Not only do labels help you find needed items in the future, they also deter people from dropping items in the incorrect spot.

8. Plan your meal schedule for the week

With a little time investment on Sunday, you can save yourself a lot of time during the week (and during the evenings, which always feel especially hectic). Plan your meals for the week before you do shopping so you get everything you need. If you’re really up to it, you can pre-cook certain foods so they just need reheating at dinner time.

Compact Coupon and Card OrganizerWritten by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer

For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.

For more information, visit www.cardcubby.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Card Cubby? Send your topic idea to pr@cardcubby.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Card Cubby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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