Saving money with Google

We save a lot of money by using a cat water fountain. Our cat used to refuse to drink either the tap or bottled water, and then end up with a bladder infection. (This translates to about $150 for the vet/medicine plus the trauma for the cat.) We have now had the water fountain for several years. He drinks his water daily now and there have been no unnecessary trips to the vet.

The other day we thought that the water fountain had died as the motor was not working. My husband “Googled” and came up with the repair solution. He had it fixed in about ten minutes and the fountain is working great again.

How do you save money?

One Response to “Saving money with Google”

  1. Devorah says:

    One of the most useful tips I’ve come across for saving money is from The Complete Tightwad Gazette book by Amy Dacyczyn. Basically it is the idea that stores run sales every week with items that are “loss leaders”. A “loss leader” is an item sold at the lowest price that a store can afford to sell it, even if they just break even on the transaction. The idea is that the fabulously-cheap loss leaders will get someone to come into a store where hopefully they will buy other, higher-priced merchandise in addition to the loss leaders. I kind of knew this already, but what I didn’t realize is that the loss leaders usually go in cycles, such as on sale once every 3 months, and if you start to keep track, you can get an idea of how often a staple that you buy regularly, such as paper towels, go on sale, and just buy enough to last until the next time they go on sale. Of course, this only really works with non-perishable items, but these can make up a sizeable chunk of your household budget, including paper goods, laundry and cleaning products, canned and bottled goods.

    The author also suggested keeping track of what prices an item you buy regularly goes for in a notebook. After a while, you don’t need the book, you just know, for example, that the cheapest price that chunk light tuna goes for is 2 cans for $1.00, and know when it goes on sale for that price, buy! We’ve been able to save a considerable amount of money this way on stuff we buy regularly, getting it for sometimes 1/3 of the cost of the regular “full” price. National chains such as Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS are good sources of loss leader sale items, in addition to local supermarket chains.

    Another benefit of shopping this way is it saves running to the store constantly to replace stuff you’ve run out of, because you usually have a stock on hand in your “pantry”.

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