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Frugal tip for Easter

This is a great frugal tip for Easter.

SHOP AHEAD!!!

Go shopping today. The day after Valentine’s Day. There will be a huge amount of candy and other small treats. Not all are red and pink. Buy it (and hide it from the kids) to save for Easter Baskets.

You can buy Valentine’s Day cards too to save for next year!

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New price for postage stamps

UPS sent out a letter last month saying that their shipping would increase 4% and now the USPS is doing it too!

 

41 cent stamps will go up to 42 cents.

 

While the charge for the first ounce of a first-class letter rises to 42 cents, the price of each added ounce will remain 17 cents, so a two-ounce letter will go up a penny to 59 cents.

The cost to mail a post card will also go up a penny, to 27 cents

Other increases set for May 12:

— Large envelope, 2 ounces, $1, up 3 cents.

— Money Orders up to $500, $1.05, unchanged.

— Certified mail, $2.70, up 5 cents.

— First-class international letter to Canada or Mexico, 72 cents, up 3 cents.

— First-class international letter to other countries, 94 cents, up 4 cents.

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Frugal tip for kids that love books

I KNOW the cost of new books is expensive. A children’s book at a local bookstore is usually about $3-5 for a cheap, soft-back book. A few things I do to avoid bookstores; Buy books at garage sales instead. Most books are sold for a price range of 5 cents to 50 cents a book (but usually about 25 cents). Go to your local library and find brand new books!!! I’ll tell you how. Magazines geared for parents of young children often have a book-of-the-month section. There might be a few books for each age group or a certain theme or genre to the monthly selection but they are usually brand new books that have just been published. Tear out these pages and find the books at your library. We have been the very first to check out a book several times. To save time order the books online. This might not work in all areas but in Ventura County a person can log on to the Ventura County library system and search and pick out books and have them ‘pulled’. In a few days they will receive a notice by email or mail saying the books are in. (this is the part I love). The books are at the front desk waiting! Walk in, show them the library card, they put them in the computer and walk out. Very quick and easy. The best things is that the books are not only from the library in our city but from libraries all over the county and they are all at our city library to pick up. When we are done with the books we drop them off at our library and the library takes care of returning them to all the other libraries. Unless there is a book I REALLY want I do not use book gift cards that I am given as a gift either. I NEVER make it out of there paying only the amount that is on the card. Especially if both children are with me. So, I keep the gift card and use it next time I need to give someone a gift. Everyone in my family is a pro at re-gifting.

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eBay tip # 1

eBay has recently been making changes and getting more strict in things they will or will not allow in the auctions. In the past many auctions had the words ‘like new’ in the title or subject line to tell people the item they are selling is, well, like new! BUT, now, eBay will pull the auction if they catch it.

Their reasoning (which actually makes sense) is that if someone did a search for something and had the word ‘new’ in the search they’d get all the ‘like new’s as well.

Something to use instead is EUC which means ‘excellent used condition.

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