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
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
When you’re getting out of debt, no matter how long it takes, it’s hell. Straight up. You just will not be able to live the life you were once accustomed to…you know…the life that, oh, I don’t know…got you into debt in the first place? Hmmm? Moving on…
When getting out of debt your first question should be: what am I spending my hard earned cash on that I shouldn’t be spending it on? You will find there are probably a lot of things in the month that suck up your money.
There are a few things besides your expensive morning coffee you should consider getting rid of immediately like:
- Your gym membership — anywhere from $30-$60 a month and you really don’t need it. Bust out that dusty elliptical, go for walks and runs or swim in your pool. Heck, even look up free YouTube tutorials on how to be fit and shit.
- Have a second car? Guess what, it has A GOTS TA GO! You only need one car at this point in your life and there is no good reason at all to be paying for a second one.
- Afraid you’ll lose money on your second car because you haven’t paid down the loan enough to make it worth the sell? Sell it anyway. Holding onto it now is what I like to call financial insanity. Everyone has to cut their losses in finance at some point. Remember, your ultimate goal is to get out of debt FAST. That means zoom that car into the dealer and get rid of it.
- Your clothing budget. It’s gone. No new clothes. No new shoes. No new purses. You have perfectly good stuff that will look as great this month as it did last month. Desperate for new clothes for a job interview or because you get bored of your wardrobe every 15 minutes? Borrow something from a friend, or buy a dress you know is returnable from Ross, Kohl’s, Target, or somewhere else they’ll definitely give you a full refund. Keep the tags on (I won’t tell anybody).
- Electricity bill — there’s never an excuse to leave on lights. They waste energy and, more importantly, money! Shut off lights no matter what. Another interesting tidbit: if you leave things plugged into the wall they also use a minute amount of energy so unplug everything in your house when you’re not using it.
- Don’t be spending money on the movies. There’s tons of free ways to see anything you’ve ever wanted. Ask for your friend’s netflix or Hulu Plus account, find it streaming online, if you’re a girl go on a date and get some chump to pay for you, or torrent it (you won’t get caught…most of the time). Spending your money on movies, music or any sort of apps is a huge waste. Saving these expenses now will only help grow your money!
♥ The Budgetologist