Life is getting tougher and tougher each day because the world economy is collapsing. What can we do to survive these tough economic times?
My family made some life-changing habits to survive. We limit the use of aircondition to just 4 hours, half of the usual 8 hours we kept it working. The combination of electric fan and insulation keep us comfortable the rest of the day. We always unplug and not just switch off appliances when not in use. Unplugging saves us a lot of electricity. We also cut our monthly spending on unnecessary things such as watching movies at the theater and/or dining in restaurants. I just cook something special during special occasions and celebrate at home. We get cheaper yet nutritious food without the VAT and service charge.
It was hard at first but when we saw our first bills after those changes, we were motivated to just carry on. I can’t believe how much money we saved. It is almost 35% of our usual monthly household expenses. Yes, those small everyday sacrifices add up to significant savings. Well, not just that. I have these secrets to share with you. Read on and find out if these could work for you as well.
1. I learned to reap bargains and take advantage of coupons and in-store sales. Most of the time I get 25-50% off the regular price and get free stuff. That’s a lot of savings.
2. When buying things that are little expensive, I do price check online and compare prices then purchase the item from the store with the best rates.
3. Lately, I got very busy joining online contests and sweepstakes. Yes, sometimes we need to use some extra cash in these hard economic times and try our luck. Sometimes it is not only money sweepstakes you will get from these online websites but birthday freebies as well. I know because I already won twice and got what I wanted for my birthday!
During these really difficult times even the smallest things could help us through. Even if there is improvement going on (I hope so) in our economy, don’t be over confident. Refurbish, join online contests, get freebies and save!
It’s time for Hump Day $50 Giveaway and today’s event is for Google+ Circles. Thanks to the 27 wonderful blogs listed below, we are giving away another $50 so please feel free to visit their blogs after joining.
My Tots Exactly | Money Saving Mindy | Experience of a Super Mommy | I Heart Giveaways | Exotic Philippines | Beauty Queen Gene | WAHMaholic | Mirage | Coupon Queen of Texas | Our Food Trip | it’s not always about me | Pensive Thoughts | Happy Mothering | SWEXIE | Building Carpenters | Topics on Earth | Mom’s Ups and Downs| Frugal Experiments | Kenzie’s Kozies | Pinay Mama | Fabulicious Diva | It’s all about Me | My Tummy Calls | The Blogger Hub | Travel Unravels |
NEW: After entering the mandatory entries, you will be taken to a separate page to add the 25 other sponsors’ page on to your Google+ Circles. Please completely ADD ALL 25 on the separate page to be eligible for the 25 points. All the sponsors will verify your entry and if you miss to follow one, your 25-point entry will be disqualified. After adding all 25 entries to your Google+ Circles, come back to the blog page you first entered on to complete the rest of the Rafflecopter tasks. For a short tutorial on how to Follow via GFC or to Add pages to your Google+ Circles, click here.
A note though: You can only join this on one blog/page. There will be a maximum of 32 entries ONLY. If you have more than 32, I reserve the right to delete duplicate or fraudulent entries. May I request that you use only one name and email address for quicker validation of entries.
On the first mandatory entry, please do not forget to write Mom’s Ups and Downs referred you since it is a mandatory entry. You must complete the first 2 tasks before the others are enabled, and for all your other entries to count.
Thank you very much and good luck. By joining this giveaway, you agree to the Terms and Conditions on the bottom of the form. Contest is open all-day Wednesday, from February 29th, 12:01am EST to February 29th,11:59pm EST (February 29th, 1:01pm Philippine time to March 1st, 12:59pm Philippine time).
Another contest is up this month, yoohoo! We have so many generous friends here in blogosphere. And though I am not as lucky as others in winning the contests, I would like to try my luck this time.
Dhemz of Shopping List and Product reviews is having her first ever giveaway contest which will run until July 10. She will be giving away stuffs from Vegas and this is open to all bloggers around the world. Eight (8) lucky winners will be chosen through random.org (she’ll provide the video of the draw).
The criteria is very easy. Here’s all you need to do:
1. Subscribe to her blog
2. Follow her blog
3. Add her blog/X-links
4. Blog about this contest
Prizes + a surprise gift:
(1) Las Vegas T-shirt (size: L)
(1) Las Vegas Hat
(3) Las Vegas Key Holder
(2) Las Vegas Pen
(1) Las Vegas Nail Buffer
Want to try your luck too?