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
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
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.
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