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Cascading discounts

August 30th, 2004 at 08:20 pm

Bought a new computer programming book. List $49.99.

1) Checked addall.com. WalMart.com had the best price. $34.75 shipped.
2) Clicked through a rewards rebate site to save 8% off of this.
3) Used a rewards credit card to save 1% from the original price.

Paid $31.62 for a $50 book that was published June 2004.

Re-sell magazines on EBay for extra $$

August 27th, 2004 at 10:22 pm

Check this out before you recycle your old magazines. Depending on the magazine, you can re-sell your back issues (i.e., the ones you just finished reading) on EBay.

I check to see if people are actually buying the magazine I want to re-sell, then set the price low and add a reasonable shipping charge (usually USPS printed matter rate to the farthest zone I would ship to). If the price is right and the magazine is not something with quickly dated material, people will bid!

You can carry this a step further and look in thrift shops or libraries for magazines to buy. I picked up a few magazines for a dime apiece that were actually worth a few dollars apiece. One magazine went for over $20!

Why chuck your old magazines if you can pass them on and make some money in the process?

Spend 7% less at McDonald's?!

August 19th, 2004 at 08:18 pm

This may fall into the more-trouble-than-it's-worth category, but here goes anyway....

Use a cash-back rewards credit card to buy gift certificates. (1% off the top right there--McDonald's recently started accepting credit cards around here!) Sign up for upromise.com and get a 3% redemption on your gift certificates.

Now, I'm sure you're thinking: 1% + 3% is 4%, not 7%!

Choose one item from the dollar menu. (My favorite is the McChicken sandwich.) This is about $1.05. Pay with $2.00 in gift certificates. Get 95 cents CASH back. Repeat five times. You spent $5.25 for 5 McChickens, burning through $10 in gift certificates in the process.

The rebate is 3% of $10 (30 cents) plus 10 cents rebate back. The percentage savings is $0.40 / $5.25 = 7.6%.

A really strange spend-less idea, from your friendly neighborhood Mighty Bargain Hunter. Wink

Cutting dishwashing liquid

August 14th, 2004 at 09:36 pm

Glad I ran across this. Looks like there are a lot of interesting things that people do to save money!

My name is John Wedding and I'm the webmaster of mightybargainhunter.com. I live in Virginia with my wonderful wife Vanessa and our three dogs Mosby, Timmie and Bucky.

I'm not sure where I saw this idea, but I save a little on hand dishwashing soap by diluting it. The reasoning here is that if you squeeze a bottle of Dawn while it's full strength, you'll get way too much in the sink. By cutting it quite a bit (I usually do it about 10 to 1) you can still get plenty of suds and make a bottle last for a long time.

I heard that one consumer products maker was accused once of making the liquid soap runnier so that people would go through it faster. But that might be an urban legend.

I hope to share what I know with you all! This should be fun!