Get Money Back Shopping At Target

Target is decently priced. You can probably get cheaper things at Walmart, but this budgetologist discovered a loophole in the system that might not make that so.

A loophole! In the SYSTEM! What a beautiful thing to save money and feel like a smooth operator at the same time.

If you buy something on target on sale, let’s say a dress was $20 but is on sale for $10, then when you get to the register you will pay the sale price, a receipt will be given and you will go on your merry way.

Now, if you wait until that dress is no longer on sale at target and then return it with the receipt and original credit or debit card you paid with, a loophole will become apparent. Target will have to give you back the full price of the dress and you will receive $20 instead of $10.

It’s a weird system they have but it’s required they give you back the price of the dress as it is now, not as it was when it was on sale. You can do this with virtually anything in the store and even make a profit with this method!

Check online to see what kind of temporary sales Target is having, buy said item…return it after the sale to get even more money back! Booyeah!

♥ The Budgetologist

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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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There’s coke in here

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 

Broke? Eat lunch at Costco!

You gotta love cheap prices, right? Someday my future fiancé will buy my engagement ring from Costco and this bugetologist will know he’s the one because he’s frugal and reasonable.

I remember my first adult purchase was a Costco membership card. I paid $55 for it for the year. They even took my picture and everything. But after a few months, I realized I wasn’t using it and so, in defeat, I returned it like a sucker. I got the money back and quickly my spirits were lifted as I thought about how many Costco hotdogs I could now buy.

Anyway, Costco, like Jack in the Box offers one option that is so cheap this budgetologist takes advantage of it on the regular.

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Honestly, tho. A dolla fiddy for a hot dog AND a coke. That’s a frugal lady’s dream. You can even upgrade it to the coveted polish sausage for the SAME DAMN PRICE!

Now remember, when you’re at the condiments portion of the transaction, stock up on that shit! Get enough ketchup, mustard and onions to last the next few weeks. You can then use that to make your own hotdogs at home, put it in deviled eggs, a burger, whatever your heart desires.

In that way you’re saving money on condiments while getting a cheap ass meal at the same time. Score!

♥ 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 

Avoid Costly Food Cravings

Here’s a secret: The budgetologist loves to eat. And I mean LOVES to eat. But, eating is expensive and so are food cravings.

Ever find yourself craving a chocolate bar and ice cream cake and a hot fudge sunday all at the same time? Yeah, you’re not alone.

Indulging on these cravings every time you have them will only dip into your savings, and let’s not dip our spoons for that.

There’s a secret though. It will help you to curb food cravings. Using this secret you can eat a few of your friend’s fries for free instead of going out and buying your own. Aren’t you a good friend?

Here’s what you do: Let’s say your friend is eating delicious french fries and it’s making you want to buy some. Take two of the fattest french fries you can finagle from your friend.

Get a full cup of cold water. Water…is freeeee!

Eat the first french fry slowly. Really enjoy the taste of it. Don’t be distracted as you’re eating it. Focus on the fry. Got it?

Savor it for a minute longer. Then drink the whole glass of water. Even if you’re feeling full and uncomfortable, finish it anyway.

Then take the second french fry and repeat. Eat it slowly and enjoy it.

Now what will this do?

This tricks your stomach into thinking it just consumed a whole bunch of french fries, when really the stupid thing only ate 2! Tricked you, body!

This is a method models use to lose weight and end food cravings but it’s this budgetologist’s trick for saving money on those horrible cravings!

♥ The Budgetologist