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Want to Buy Stuff and Still Save Money?

www.spendingtosave.com aims to help readers focus on quality in order to save money.

Is this another blog on how to save money?

Well, yes. Sort of. The ultimate goal of this blog will be to save money (you and me!), but I like to think I’m going about it a bit differently than other blogs out there. Let me give you a bit more context.

My husband and I are in the process of upgrading from a two-bedroom condo with no outside space to a single-family home. We need to buy stuff to maintain our new digs. A lot of stuff (seriously, how many implements do you need to make a yard look halfway decent?!?). But I don’t want to go out and buy whatever is cheapest. I’m looking for value, even if it means buying something that costs a bit more now. Ultimately, my hope is that I’ll end up saving by not having to replace everything every couple of years. That’s where the title “spending to save” comes from. I understand that I might be spending a bit more money now, but it will pay off in the not-too-distant future.

Still clear as mud? Let me give you an example.

When my husband and I moved into our condo, we needed a new vacuum cleaner. I was all set to run to Target and get a regular ole vacuum, but my husband took us to a vacuum store (prior to this, I don’t think I knew there were stores exclusively for vacuums). We got a fancy, durable, vacuum cleaner, and it was expensive. But you know what? It’s lasted for over eleven years, and I haven’t had to fix anything on it. Now, compare this to when I was in college and my first apartment afterwards and I went through two vacuums in five years. Ultimately, by buying a quality product, we ended up saving money by only buying one vacuum rather than buying a new vacuum every few years. Make sense?

“Are you some kind of expert on this stuff?”

Heck no! I’m muddling through this day by day. But I figured someone out there (you, perhaps?) might be able to benefit from what I’m learning, which is why I started this blog. If I can help you save money, I’ll feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and you get some extra cash in your pocket. Win win!

Now, because I’m muddling through this, I’m going to be all over the place. One day I might be talking about kitchen gadgets that will save you money, the next I might be talking about how to save on your electric bill. It could be a bit of a crazy ride, so hang on!

So what’s next?

Good question. Like I said, I’m going to be hopping all over the place. Whenever I find a product or service that I think will help save you money, I’ll write about it. Please consider following me on Twitter @SpendingtoSave_ or on Pinterest so you don’t miss anything. But, one more thing before I go…

The Deal of the Day

This section is going to be for aps, websites, blogs, tips, tricks, or other resources I think can help you save money, but are usually free. Many of your are probably familiar with the first deal of the day, but for those of you who are not, be sure to check out RetailMeNot any time you shop online. RetailMeNot collects discounts, sales, and coupon codes from tons of different merchants. You search your retailer and find the best deal for you. A screenshot for a search for Macy’s is below.

You can see how successful others have been in using the deal, when the deal expires, and other important details. It’s a great way to find free shipping, or a certain percentage or dollar amounts off your total purchase.

So, that’s it for today. I hope I’ve intrigued you and that you’re interested in continuing this journey together. I would also LOVE to hear about the ways you’ve “spent to save.” Drop a line below!

Until next time…

 

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