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September 12, 2003
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To find extra money to accelerate debt payoff, increase your income,
decrease your expenses, or better yet, do both!
Rebates fall into the category of decreasing your expenses – at least for
purchases that actually provide value in addition to a rebate.
That is, if you are going to purchase the item anyway, rebates are a great
way to reduce – and sometimes practically eliminate – your cost.
“Free After Rebate!” advertising, especially for electronic gadgets, always
catches my eye. And I must confess, sometimes I have to stretch my
justification for making a purchase by rationalizing that, after the rebate,
Of course, if you’ve ever responded to a rebate opportunity, you know it’s
far from FREE.
First, it gets you into the store – already in a buying mood — where you
are exposed to all of the other non-rebate merchandise.
Second, if you manage to evade that trap, many states exact a sales tax– in
Texas sales taxes are 8.25%– so, it will cost you something. But, if you
think of it as a 91.75% discount, and you can really justify this purchase,
you still save money.
Third, you actually have to submit your rebate paperwork – receipts, proof
of purchase, rebate forms, DNA sample, etc., in an envelope postmarked by
the submission deadline.
Fourth, you have to wait for your rebate check to arrive, typically in 6 – 8
weeks, and be careful not to discard it as junk mail.
Although this can appear to be daunting, the amount of time that’s specific
to getting your rebate – step 3 — is pretty small. If it took you 15
minutes to do the paperwork for a $50 rebate, that’s $200/hour! Good work if
you can get it.
Thus far, I’ve discussed rebates that you find through responding to
advertising, which makes it more likely that you will buy on impulse rather
Suppose you were able to identify a need and then find a rebate… and you
could avoid going to the store… and maybe even sales taxes?
For example, suppose you need a new wireless adapter for your laptop
computer so that you can download your Frugal Life newsletter while sunning
on your patio.
Wouldn’t it be great to hunt for currently available rebates on wireless
Have I got just the website for you! Go to:
You can Browse RebatePlace.com by manufacturer or product category to find a
product that interests you AND has a current rebate. You can also download
and study the rebate claims form BEFORE purchase to make sure you understand
all of the “gotchas.”
Rebateplace.com makes it convenient to comparison shop among different
merchants to find the best overall deal – all from the comfort of your home.
After purchase and receipt of your product, the rebate application process
is identical to any other rebate application. And if you want to check on
the status of your rebate, Rebateplace.com makes this easy to do, too.
Plus, there’s no cost to use Rebateplace.com.
So, you receive your wireless adapter, apply for the rebate, and 6-8 weeks
later your $50 check arrives in the mail.
What should you do with this check?
That’s right… make an extra principal payment on your #1 Priority debt!
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FRUGAL HOME / GARDENING
HOW TO TEST SEEDS WITHOUT WASTING THEM
Large seeds that can be handled easily can be tested for viability then carefully planted on as transplants.
Time Required: Usually a few days
1. Select a plastic container with a tight-sealing lid. Any clean, empty
plastic container will do; I like to recycle those of cream cheese and
margarine, since they are easily nested for storage.
2. Place the inverted lid on the countertop. Cut a single paper towel
into 1-2 inch squares, and place the squares onto the lid allowing a tiny
bit of space between each.
3. Moisten each of the squares with a few drops of warm water. Place one
seed on each square.
4. Take the lower portion of the container (which will now become the
upper portion) and snap it down onto the inverted lid. This forms a
mini-greenhouse of sorts.
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WAYS TO SAVE ON THE PURCHASE, CARE, AND REPAIR OF SHOES
by: Dr. Charlotte Gorman*
1. When considering buying a pair of shoes, ask yourself, “Do I really need
another pair of shoes?” For example, “Do I really need a new pair of black
shoes, since I already have four pairs of good, black shoes in the closet?”
Answering “no” to such questions could save you a sizable amount of money.
2. If possible, wait until needed shoes are on sale–preferably at 50 to 75
percent or more off. My favorite pair of high-heel shoes was regularly
priced at $56. I bought them on a closeout table for $3.00. Nearly all shoes
(men’s, women’s, and children’s) will eventually be put on sale. Rare should
be the case when you would need to pay full price for a pair of shoes.
3. If you really do need a pair of new shoes and you cannot find them on
sale, shop around for the best full price. For example, the price of an
identical style and brand of shoe can vary from store to store.
4. Check out the garage sales. Shoes, especially ones still in very good
condition, are usually rare, but not impossible to find, at garage sales. I
have purchased some in like-new condition, so be on the lookout. Spray the
insides of all secondhand shoes with a commercial fungicide to avoid the
chance of getting athlete’s foot.
For more great tips go here.
*Dr. Charlotte Gorman is an Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences,
Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A & M University System. She is the
author of The Frugal Mind, The Little Book of Living Frugal, and Speak for
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1. My daughter recently bought a shirt that is white, with burgundy
sleeves. She hand-washed it in cold water, and hung it to dry (she
air-dries all of her shirts to keep them from shrinking). After it had
dried, we noticed that the burgundy had bled onto the white…not all over
the shirt, just where the burgundy sleeves meet the white part of the
shirts, at the arms and neck, where the trim on the shirt is also burgundy.
First, I tried a bleach stick (Clorox), that didn’t work, so I went out and
bought the RIT product to remove dye…however, I am afraid to use that as I
don’t want to remove the burgundy from the sleeves. I also have OxyClean,
but have not tried that yet. My questions are: how can I get the burgundy
off of the white without damaging the burgundy sleeves? And, I’ve heard
that soaking clothes in a mixture of salt, vinegar and water will prevent
clothes from bleeding. Does this really work? My daughter also bought a
shirt that is white with dark blue sleeves, and we don’t want it to bleed
when we wash it. Also, I picked up some Shout Color Catcher cloths. Has
anyone used those, and do they work? Any advice would be really helpful. I
would hate to have to replace the burgundy and white shirt, as it was
$21.00! Thanks in advance! Em
1. Toddler Bed Problems We recently bought a toddler bed for our 19 month
old daughter. We weren’t planning on getting her one so early, but we moved
from Ohio to Washington State and her crib got broken. It wasn’t safe to
use. I thought instead of buying a crib that wouldn’t get much use, we’d
just get her the toddler bed. Now the problem is that she will not stay in
bed. We can go through the bedtime routine and tuck her in. But, she’ll
wander back out after about 5 minutes. We’ve tried putting a baby gate
across her bedroom door. She’ll either just sit in there and play or stand
in the doorway and scream. If we do manage to get her to sleep in her bed,
she’ll wait until the middle of the night and crawl in bed with hubby and
me. That is a habit we don’t want her to get used to. I’m at the point
where I’m ready to go buy another crib and let her use that for a couple
more months. Do other toddlers have this problem? Or is she just too
young? Help? Chrissey
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