The best cheap wine under $3

This budgetologist purposely stays away from expensive wines so that her taste buds don’t acquire a taste for it…and you should too! Less money spent on wine is more money in your wallet of course.

With that being said, this budgetologist also cringes every time she has to pay over $3 for wine. I strive to pay $2 every time I buy a bottle. And if you think about it, spending $4 on a bottle of wine is TWICE the amount I would normally pay. Paying $6 a bottle is THREE TIMES the amount I would normally pay! Ain’t nobody got time for that.

With that in mind this is the best wine you can get on the cheap. It’s Less than 3 dolla and honestly, if you have a Walmart by you, you can get it for less than two dolla!

Quail Oak is by far the cheapest and the best quality…way better than Charles Shaw. Charles Shaw tastes like dirt and everything bad in this world! Meanwhile, Quail Oak is epic!!

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At the time of this blog post, the Quail Oak sweet red wine bottle at Walmart was only $1.96! Less than 2 dolla gets you a nice buzz for two days! (Half the bottle now, half later to save even more money!)

If I were you, I’d hit up Walmart TODAY to get these sweet red bottles of wine on the cheap. This budgetologist is definitely a cheap drunk, and always will be. Don’t waste your money on fancy wines…that’s a little pretentious.

♥ The Budgetologist 

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Get Cans of Tuna for 87 Cents Each!

Right now, CVS is having an incredible sale. They are selling cans of tuna for only 87 cents. I don’t know about you, but this budgetologist can make a can of tuna into a meal and be full from it until it’s time for the next meal.

Want a cheap ass snack? Or perhaps, a whole lunch? Put some mustard and mayo in there and you’re set. (Get the mayo and mustard from the Cosco lunch stand if you don’t have any and don’t want to pay for it!)

Best of all, you might even be able to get the cans of tuna for free if you use a CVS card.

I had a $5 receipt coupon from CVS after a shopping day. I was able to buy 6 cans of tuna, and got my lunch for the week for free. Make sure to take advantage of these “Extra Bucks” to get free goodies. They’ll go a lot further for you the cheaper items you can get.

Is the tuna the highest quality? No! It’s under a dolla, yo! But…it will be enough for a meal and fill you up. This deal might not last forever, or maybe it will. This budgetologist didn’t check the details of that. Regardless, you’re going to want to hit up CVS right away to get tunalicious.

♥ The Budgetologist

Get Free Clothing Hangers Anytime With This Tip

If there’s one thing this budgetologist always needs more of it’s hangers. Mine disappear! I don’t know where they go. Luckily, there is a way to get free hangers anytime you want and it involves: KOHL’S!

I love Kohl’s. Have you seen their jewelry clearance section?? I get necklaces for $4 there. But there are two great things about Kohl’s you can use to your advantage: 1. They have a lenient return policy and 2. They let you keep the hangers.

See where I’m going with this? Do the following: Go to the Kohl’s CLOTHING clearance section. There you can find things for under $10. It doesn’t really matter what you buy. Buy 5 things, 10 things, whatever. Check out.

They will ask you if you want to keep your hangers. Say “yes! Absolutely without a doubt! Thank you very much!!” Then walk out of the store with your bag of junk and your free hangers.

You can then return the clothes the next day, next week, heck, even in the same hour if you feel like it. And the best part is, you don’t have to return the hangers with it. It’s not even expected you bring them at all!

You will get a full refund (as long as you have the receipt and the card you made the purchase with). Do this as many times as you need to for as many hangers as you need.

It might be a bit of a shlep to Kohl’s, but it will save you tens of dollars on hangers in the long run.

♥ The Budgetologist

Get Free Food At Any Fast Food Joint With This Secret

This budgetologist tells you how to get discounted products that will save you tons and help you maintain a frugal life…but let’s take it a step further now.

In an earlier post, I showed you how to get free drinks at any fast food joint with a simple secret.

Now that you’re on your way to becoming scientists in budgeting…or budgetologists…I’m going to teach you a simple secret that will allow you to get free fast food at any joint you want. It requires a little bit of digging, literally, but it’s worth it when you are seriously strapped for cash.

Step 1: Find some kind of fast food receipt. This can be your friend’s receipt, on the ground, from the garbage…where ever your  ego and dignity will allow you to search. Keep looking until you find a special order receipt. Something like “one burger, no pickles.” You can also just order a burger with no pickles and use that receipt, but it will cost you for the price of the first burger.

Step 2: Call the number on the receipt.

Step 3: Say something along these lines “hi, I came through your drive-thru today and ordered a burger with no pickles but mine had pickles and I’m allergic…can I get a new one?” They will say why yes, of course, come through the drive thru again and just present your receipt.

Step 4: Drive through the drive thru and give them the receipt. They will make you delicious fast food that you will get without paying a single dime.

Step 5: Repeat this to your heart’s desire. Just make sure you go to different fast food places so they don’t recognize you!

♥ The Budgetologist

Get Cheaper Pregnancy Tests Now

Perhaps some of you readers are choosing the frugal life because you’re trying to save money to start a family. Mazel Tov to you!

Whether you’re pregnant because you want to be or it just sort of happened the first and very important step is to check if you’re actually expecting with a pregnancy test.
The pregnancy tests they sell in Walmart, Target and most everywhere else are absurdly expensive. I’ve seen some in the $20+ range. That could go towards diapers or…whatever! It’s so bad that teenagers have resorted to stealing these expensive sticks from the store…and ain’t no one got time for that.

Luckily, this budgetologist has a cheaper alternative. It’s been one of the industry’s best kept secrets for years. And no, it’s not going to some clinic to get a free one because that takes upwards of an hour, although that is an option if you have the time.

Well, here’s the secret: You can get pregnancy tests at the 99 Cent Store. I repeat, your dilemma of buying an $8 pregnancy test or lunch that day has just evaporated.

The 99 Cent Store is heaven for budgetologists and this case is no exception. Pregnancy tests for under a dollar…take as many as you want just to be sure!

At this point you might be saying, “But budgetologist, are those ones like expired or defective or like whatever?” To which I might reply, “No you fool! They’re just cheaper!”

If there’s one thing this budgetologist should be teaching you, it’s to get that notion out of your thick skull that just because it’s more money means it works better. Maybe it works better for Target’s pocketbook if anything, but your best bet is to head to the land of everything under a dolla.

♥ The Budgetologist

Make Your Own Shampoo and Conditioner To Save $$

Not only can shampoo and conditioner be expensive, it can also be cancerous! That’s right, studies show that shampoo has cancerous chemicals in it that are bad for your body. If you want to talk about budgeting, the best thing you can do is not get cancer, which has wiped many out financially despite health insurance…but that’s a whole ‘nother subject.

The point is, something that is cheaper, healthier, and heck, even fun to do is make your own shampoo and conditioner. It will save you money and leave you so fresh and so clean.

To make what this budgetologist likes to call “po man’s shampoo and conditioner” you will need two ingredients:

  1. Baking soda
  2. Apple cider vinegar

So how does it work? First, you’re going to need old shampoo and conditioner bottles with nothing left in them. Take the shampoo bottle, fill it with two parts baking soda one part water. Then shake-a shake-a shake that. That’s your shampoo. Baking soda cleans the hair and leaves it refreshed. Scrub the mixture into your scalp like normal shampoo then rinse.

Next, it’s time to make the conditioner. In your empty conditioner bottle mix one part apple cider vinegar with two parts water. dump that on your scalp and hair after the baking soda to leave it shiny and soft. And that’s it! Not only have you created way cheaper conditioner and shampoo, you’ve gone all natural. Rock on with your bad self.

Here’s another fun thing you can do with apple cider vinegar: use it as a natural appetite suppressant so that you don’t spend as much money on food. Just one table spoon accomplishes this. Then you can do the costly craving avoidance method and there you have it! Multiple uses for cheap-ass products.

♥ The Budgetologist

Get Free Drinks At Any Fast Food Joint With This Secret

Do you love soda but hate shelling out the cash to pay for it? Well, you’re in luck. This budgetologist has figured out how to get free coke, pepsi, sprite, you name it at any fast food restraurant with very low initial cost — not more than two dolla.

The first step is to order a soda at a fast food restaurant. This will be your only start up cost and will range from a dolla to two dolla and some amount of cents. Pay it, it’ll be worth it. For this example, I’ll use this Jack in the Box cup I bought about a week ago.

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Now, it gets real simple. All you have to do is keep the cup. Whenever you have a soda craving, simply walk into Jack in the Box and refill your soda. Any day. Any time. I wash out the cup with water in between to make sure it stays clean. None of the store workers will question you — you could’ve just gotten it in the drive thru and now you’re refilling it before you leave again.

If you want to get real fancy, you can continue acquiring cups from different fast food places. Whenever you need a soda, simply go into your trunk and pick the fast food cup that your closest to. This is a fool proof and simple way to get non-stop soda for only an initial buck.

You can also use your presence in the place to get free sauces. For example, this budgetologist was at a fundraiser and bought some tri-tip (I forked over the money because it was for a good cause.) The tri-tip was dry though! And desperately needed BBQ sauce. So, I killed two birds with one stone. I saved money on soda by walking into the building and filling my cup full of free coca-cola, then I simply asked the cashier for BBQ sauce. It made my charity tri-tip more delicious and satisfied my coke-craving all in one trip.

♥ The Budgetologist 

DIY Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper can be expensive…the cheapest I’ve seen for plain gold paper is $4 a roll! That $4 could be spent elsewhere like going towards your savings account. Or, you could buy two and a half hotdogs and cokes at Costco for that!

One thing that this budgetologist’s mother used to always do is wrap gifts in newspaper comics. It’s a cute and actually aesthetically pleasing way to save money on wrapping paper. Your friend or family who you’re giving the gift to will probably get a kick out of it as well.

You can find comics in pretty much any major newspaper, which you’ll probably see sitting around neighbors lawns or in one of those ancient dispensaries on the street for free.

Best of all the gift receiver will think you took that extra step to come up with some unique way to wrap their gift, but really you’re just being cheap! It’s a win-win!

♥ The Budgetologist 

Cut Cable, Curb Costs

There is absolutely, positively no reason to have cable nowadays. A bold statement I’ll stand by it. Cable costs hundreds of dollars a month for a service you can get online for free.

Want to watch your favorite TV show? Just wait until the next day and it’ll be streaming online. Want to watch sports? You can watch those online too. Movies? Yep, it’s called Netflix, hop on the train people.

You can watch a lot of different TV shows on Project Free TV. It’s a free service! Hulu has a lot of television shows on it for free, or borrow your friend’s Hulu Plus account. If you type in any TV show or movie, chances are you’ll be able to find it if you go to Google and put “Gone With The Wind Streaming Online Free.”

You’re probably saying to yourself, “But Budgetologist, I hate sitting through the ads on the MTV website when I’m trying to watch Teen Mom 2 what the ef mannnnn.” To which I reply, get on Google Chrome and get AdBlocker. It works fantastically no commercials and best of all…it’s freeeeeee.

If you haven’t seen my other cost-eliminating techniques to get out of debt check those out. But for christ sakes, get rid of your cable now. It is a luxury that is completely useless…like paying a phone operator to connect your cell phone.

Cable can cost anywhere from $60-$300 a month WHAT?! Cut it now and put that money right into your savings account.

Don’t just sit there eating your popcorn watching your expensive ESPN that isn’t even making you happy anymore, cut that cable! You’ll thank me later.

♥ The Budgetologist