Here’s a frugal hack that will help you save money when you get hit by overage charges from your cell phone provider (or any company for that matter). Don’t just blindly accept additional charges ANYMORE as you stand a great chance of getting them removed if you play your cards right. Here’s what you need to know…
The Verizon Example
With two teenagers with a smartphone, my family was consistently going over our data plan every month and getting hit with overage charges from Verizon.
So when I finally got a spare moment to analyze our Verizon account, I realized we needed to upgrade to the unlimited data plan as the overages were killing us.
Start a Chat Session
So I went ahead and started a chat session with Verizon. I prefer to chat rather than call as it’s easier to get straight to the point and not get distracted.
At first I got nowhere with the chat representative but I persisted and finally got the answer I was looking for.
I told the rep that since I was upgrading to a more expensive monthly plan, refunding the overage charges was the least Verizon could do.
I stuck to my guns and the rep finally gave-in and told me they would give me back my $45 in charges.
Have you noticed that many grocery store items are shrinking in size? In many cases, manufacturers are hoping you DON’T notice and are often tricking you with the dimensions of the box, carton, or jug. Here are 9 such examples with some shopping hacks to fight back on each. Hope these tips help you save money on your next trip to the store.
1. Ice Cream
Do you remember the days of buying ice cream in half-gallon cartons (64 oz)?
Now when you buy your favorite Dreyer’s or Breyers ice cream they typically come in 48 oz (1.5 quarts) cartons.
Unfortunately when this sizing change started happening a couple years ago the price stayed the same or even went up in some cases.
Work-Around Hack: Try to buy ice cream produced by local creameries, many of which still package their yumminess in half-gallon cartons with a price point lower than the big brand names.
2. Orange Juice
Last year, Tropicana quietly rolled out 52 oz clear plastic jugs to replace their 59 oz containers. The price remained the same.
The tricky part of this dealio is the jugs look identical from the front view as they simply made them slimmer.
So when you view them all lined up at the grocery store you don’t notice a difference unless you look at the boiler plate on the bottom of the jug telling you the size.
Work-Around Hack: Always look at the price per ounce when buying OJ. If you’re not a brand-specific shopper, opt for the best deal available.
While cereal boxes look the same size from the front, MANY are getting really skinny.
The result is less cereal in the box for the same price.
According to a recent study “15 products suffered a reduction in packet size, and in the majority this resulted in an increase in the relative cost for each ounce of cereal.”
Work-Around Hack: Check the per ounce price when buying. Often times buying your favorite cereal in the “Family Size” box, or from Costco, makes for a better deal.
4. Toilet Paper
Many toilet paper manufacturers still claim the same number of sheets per roll, BUT they made the sheets smaller.
The average size use to be around 4.5 inches per sheet and they now come in closer to 4.
Work-Around Hack: Buy your TP from Costco as the sheets still measure 4.5″ x 4.0″. WAY bigger than brands like Scott and Charmin that come in at 4.1″ x 3.7″ per sheet.
Believe it or not, a 1 pound can of coffee use to actually hold 1 pound of coffee. Crazy concept, huh?
Nowadays the same size can or bag only contains 11-13 ounces of coffee.
The next time you’re at the grocery store check out this phenomena.
Work-Around Hack: Buy coffee in bulk from Costco or when it goes on sale at your grocery store. You’ll pay a unit price MUCH less than if you bought the 11 oz Starbucks bags.
I love my Greek yogurt but I recently noticed how much smaller the containers are getting.
A container that use to last me an entire week now only lasts 4-5 days.
20 years ago, a can of tuna weighed in at 7 ounces. Nowadays you’d be hard-pressed to find one over 5.
Unfortunately, the price of a can of tuna has NOT been shrinking making the cost per ounce significantly higher than in the past.
Work-Around Hack: Look for sales and grocery store coupons which can bring the price down. If you have the pantry space, you’ll want to stock-up when the price is right and beat the canned tuna manufacturers at their own game.
Ask the Reader: What other items have you discovered that are consistently getting smaller while the price remains the same or even goes up? Let me know in the comments below.
In an effort to get shoppers into their stores, all Kohl’s locationswill start accepting your Amazon returns come July of 2019. But wait…it gets even better. Keep reading to see how this news just might be a game changer if you’re a big Amazon shopper.
Do Items Need to Be In Original Box or Packaging?
Once you initiate the return via the Amazon site, you’ll be given the option to drop-off the item at your local Kohl’s.
Just bring it in and they’ll box it up appropriately and get it returned for FREE.
Do I Still Need to Print a Return Label at Home?
Again, surprisingly, NO.
All you have to do is drop off the item and they’ll print the return label for you and ship it.
We all know about the bulk buying aspects of shopping at Costco. But did you know that many Costco locations let you buy meats, bakery items, and even some fruits and veggies “by the case” or in “cryovac bags” at highly reduced prices? If you have the freezer space, this Costco hack can really save you and your family some money. Here’s how the whole dealio works.
Many Items Can Be Bought “By the Case”
I recently had a Costco employee tell me that many items come into the warehouse frozen and are thawed and repackaged for sale.
She went on to say that many of these items can be bought by the case before they are repackaged for BIG savings.
What types of stuff you’re probably asking…well let’s break it down.
Think Bakery and Deli Items
Did you know that most Costco locations actually post the price for buying the original box items arrive in?
The employee showed me the “Bakery by the Case” board posted in the bakery which breaks down the price for buying items this way.
I was immediately intrigued as the savings on most items was in the 20-40% range on various breads and bakery items.
Look for this posted information the next time you’re in your Costco, and IF you have the freezer space at home, it just might be a great way to save money.
Or better yet, go in with a family or 2 and buy the entire base box and split it among yourselves.
She also told me that Costco does a similar thing on some meat and deli items. Ask about it!
Give Me Some Specifics…
After some further research, I discovered a Reddit thread where Costco employees talked about this tip too.
One Costco employee, Reddit user 84awkm, used the cookie example. He said you can buy a box of 24 for $7.99 ($0.33/cookie) or a case of 180 frozen cookies for $34.99 ($0.19/cookie). The frozen cookies come raw and you just bake them at home when you want them.
He said similar examples for savings exist with bagels, baguettes, and bread too.
The Target employee discount is one of the best perks they give their workforce. As a matter of fact, you probably found this article because you’re considering applying for a job at Target, or maybe you’re a new hire seeking more info.
But like any discount that retailer’s hand-out, there are certain caveats and hacks that you should know to maximize your savings. With that in mind, let’s break down the employee discount at Target […] Continue Reading…
Dating back to the Civil War, money orders are a fast and secure way to pay an individual or business. They’re a piece of paper similar to a check, but unlike a personal check, they’re considered guaranteed money.
Maybe you don’t have a checking account, or perhaps you’re buying a used vehicle from a private party, whatever the case, you stand a great chance of needing to buy a money order from time to time.
Thinking of applying for a job at Best Buy? One thing that might sway your decision one way or another is the Best Buy employee discount. Here’s everything you need to know about their discount, including items that are excluded and some insider tips that will maximize your savings.
What is the Best Buy Employee Discount? The standard employee discount at Best Buy is Cost + 10%.
As I’ve talked about before, the Savings Catcher program at Walmart has been making a bunch of changes in recent months. Well, I have some major news on this front…the program is going away FOREVER. Here’s what you need to know.
Why is Savings Catcher Closing? According to Walmart, their “efforts to lower prices upfront on thousands of items across our stores is working.”
Let’s be honest, the J.Crew return policy is not very lenient. In fact, many shoppers might call it down-right stingy. But fortunately I’ve come up with a few clever hacks to make returns at J.Crew a little easier. Here’s everything you need to know about their policy to make returns a breeze.
How Many Return Days at J.Crew? 60 days.
You have exactly 60 days from the date of your purchase to return an item to J.Crew.
Do you get frustrated when shopping on Amazon from your laptop or desktop? Especially when shopping for anything that has different sizes or colors, like clothing and shoes? If you do, you already know you have to manually pick your size and color to see the corresponding price. Very tedious and REALLY time consuming. Wouldn’t it be nice if Amazon displayed the price for all sizes and colors on one screen? If you know […] Continue Reading…