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Friday, August 05, 2005


Hi all!
I found this great web site where you can get coupon codes for all kinds of companies on-line where you might want to buy stuff. It looks like they keep the site updated very well too. Check out
Here's a real frugal tip...What do you do with foam packaging peanuts? You can store them for the next time you send a package, or deposit them at most recycling centers across the nation. Here's an even better idea. Why not use them in potted plants to help with soil drainage? Instead of adding the traditional gravel to the lower 1/3 of the planting container, add unused foam packaging peanuts instead. As a low weight, high volume alternative to potting gravel, you'll find your pots will weigh substantially less, making
gardening a little less burdensome. This volume drainage alternative also
helps stretch valuable quality gardening materials for other plants. The insulation properties of the peanuts also help to sustain plant roots during cold winter chills.
Furniture retailers have been closing left and right because the industry is in complete turmoil. At the same time, two furniture retailers are going great guns in the industry. They are so successful because they have such big stores. They are IKEA and Nebraska Furniture Mart. These companies sell unbelievable amounts of furniture. The Nebraska Furniture Mart has up to 14,000 people inside at one time, and is growing to be the size of a mall.
The whole idea is to "sell cheap and tell the truth," which is the motto of Nebraska Furniture Mart. People drive thousands of miles to visit these places and buy the furniture. IKEA also ships its goods cheap by sending them disassembled. So, when it arrives you have to put it together. Costco Wholesale is also doing well selling furniture because the mark-up on the merchandise is so small. Consider these companies when buying furniture these days, and you’ll pay much less.
Car sales have been extremely generous over the past month. It started when GM announced it would offer the "employee discount price" to customers. It was very successful because the prices were better and because there were no games. You knew exactly what you’d be paying. It caused Ford and Chrysler to match the deal. GM has now realized that people will buy more cars if they don’t have to play games over prices. So the company will now adopt much lower list prices on cars and try to get dealers to adopt no haggling policies. Old habits die hard, so we’ll see how this goes. But be aware that GM is at least trying to have lower prices and fewer games from now on.
In local San Diego news...
The school year is fast approaching. Does your child need a little extra help staying ahead of the curve? Darcy Tanner is now available to tutor your elementary school student in all subjects or your middle school or high school student in English (including writing and literature). She has a degree in English from Brigham Young University and experience teaching English. For more information call her at 760.672.3325
Ok doky, that's it for this week!
Have a great weekend!
Sister Thrifty


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