Some time ago I wrote a series of posts entitled “How to Never Pay Full Price for Anything (Almost)”, which outlined a few simple methods that help us save on just about any purchase at major retailers. One of the services I shared about was called BigCrumbs. Well, a while back, they went through a bit of a metamorphosis and became a slightly different company. They changed their name from BigCrumbs (which I was understandably fond of, for obvious reasons) to MainStreetSHARES. But beyond the name change, they had a slight change to the way that they did business as well. [Read more…]
Three years ago, we moved into our house at the beginning of August. The grass was growing like gangbusters and with the already daunting task of furnishing the whole place (we had ZERO pieces of furniture), unpacking, and our jobs, you can imagine that the growing jungle in our yard was a constant source of stress. This was especially the case because our neighbor on one side was ultra fastidious about maintaining his landscaping (isn’t there always one in each neighborhood?), and the contrast with HIS lawn made MINE look even more hideous! (You can ask Deb, to this day, whenever that neighbor fires up his mower, I get a bit stressed out.)
So not long after we moved in, we bought a used 42” riding mower for the slightly-too-high price of $500. We were eager not to let the grass get too far ahead of us, we were past the midpoint of summer, the best deals on Craigslist were already snatched up, and we were confident this mower was in good condition, so we bought it thinking that we would try it out, and if needed, move up to a zero-turn mower at some point. [Read more…]
Every once in a while, the Crumb Saver household shares a snapshot of a recent crumb-saving (or wasting!) incident on A Random Crumb. This column is proof that, hey, we’re people just like you! Prepare for a little randomness, a little embarrassment, but hopefully mostly encouragement. You’ll get a sneak peek at what we actually do to save (or NOT save) in real life, which is motivation to us to stay crumby (in the good way) and (hopefully) inspiration for you join in the crumb-saving action too!
After the tragic story in our last post, we thought it would be nice to brighten things up a bit with a couple of recent experiences where things actually went our way and we were able to (unexpectedly!) save a few crumbs. [Read more…]
Now that little Miss Crumbsaver has joined our family, Al and I are finding that diapers have become a very essential part of our lives. And as Al mentioned in a previous post (What Does A Baby Really Need?), because we weren’t sure if cloth diapers would save us money, we decided to experiment with both cloth diapers and disposables on our first little Crumb. We did disposables exclusively for little Crumb’s first 2 months (with little sleep and the learning curve that comes with new parenthood, it was nice to have the convenience and we also were given quite a few boxes for our baby shower) and then transitioned over to cloth diapers while still doing disposables at nights. So now after 1 month of cloth diapering, we thought we’d share with you what we’ve learned on how to save money on cloth diapering.
(Note: This post is not intended to try to convince anyone for or against cloth diapering but is just our experience and personal opinions.) [Read more…]
Last winter, I wrote a post called “Cheap Ways to Stay Warm in Winter” and seeing that we have just experienced our first solid week of 90+ degree weather here in Tennessee, I thought it was an appropriate time to share the counterpart post of how to stay cool in the summer without breaking the bank.
The Primary Objective
There is one primary objective when trying to beat the heat without busting the budget, and that is to stay comfortable while using the air conditioning as little as possible. The reason is very simple. The AC is very costly to run and so the less we use it, the more crumbs we save. [Read more…]
Like most people who live in the United States and have access to the Internet, I shop on Amazon. My guess is that many of you readers fall into the same category. So seeing that we’re all in this together, I’d like to share 7 Amazon hacks to get a better deal on our purchases there. Don’t worry, these are all legal and legit so won’t get anyone into trouble.
Here goes: [Read more…]
CRICKET HERE: Smile! On your next bill cycle you will automatically get 2.5GB of high-speed data instead of 1GB each month.
If you’ve read my post on cellphone plans, you already know that I’ve gone the way of prepaid, contract-free cell service and love it. The savings compared to a standard postpaid plan, even after paying full price for a new smartphone, is simply amazing. [Read more…]
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’ve written multiple times about cellphones already. First, I explained how I got my parents each an iPhone 5s for half off with Glyde. Then I wrote a review of the whole experience with the pros and cons of Glyde. Finally, I shared how we got a Cricket prepaid contract-less cellphone plan that gives us unlimited talk, text, and data for only $20 per line a month. (I highly recommend you catch up on those posts if you are in the market for a new phone or new plan, it might save you thousands of dollars.)
So if you’ve followed my story thus far, you know that I got my iPhone 5 two years ago and that I intend to hold on to it for a while longer since it’s a very expensive $600+ supercomputer not a throwaway toy. Well, a little over a month ago (right after I released my post on why we shouldn’t be upgrading new smartphones all the time, ironically) my trusty iPhone 5’s battery started glitching out on me. Without going through the boring details of its symptoms and problems, I discovered that my battery actually had less than 30% of its original capacity left in it. In other words, this battery was kaput. [Read more…]