Weird Ways That I Save Money

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Happy $5 Friday! :mrgreen:

As you know, Mal and I are raising money for Team in Training and raffling off a brand new Breville juicer. We’ve received a ton of donations, but I know we can still do better! So, we hope that everyone will participate in $5 Friday and donate $5 to the cause. You’ll also earn one raffle ticket to win the juicer!


I realize that we all have different financial situations, but every single dollar counts and you will help to fund research to find a cure for cancer. Please consider donating $5 to Team In Training today. You can donate to our team page here. Of course, if you’re feeling generous, we’d happily accept larger donations! πŸ˜‰

We’d also appreciate it if you could tell friends, family, and coworkers about our raffle to support TNT. Feel free to post on Facebook and tweet as well! Every little bit helps!


I truly never get sick of eating overnight oats. Well, technically, I made overnight oat bran and bulgur, but you know what I mean! πŸ˜‰


In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup bulgur
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • Chia seeds
  • Dried lychee fruit
  • Barney Butter



I also enjoyed some wonderful iced coffee with breakfast.


Ice Cream Showdown

For the local folks…

The only thing better than spending a summer day eating ice cream is sampling over 20 different flavors of ice cream for a good cause. Am I right!?! πŸ˜€Β The Ice Cream Showdown is @eatBoston’s latest effort to raise funds for local organizations: Lovin’ Spoonful, Share our Strength, Somerville Local First, Arts Union, and Community Servings.Β 100% of ticket sales will be donated to these organizations.

  • WHAT: Ice Cream Showdown – ice cream sampling event to support local causes
  • WHO: Stonyfield Farm, Chilly Cow Custard, JP Licks, Christina’s, Toscanini’s, Picco, Batch, Coop’s Microcreamery, and b.good.
  • WHERE: On Saturday, August 21, in Union Square, Somerville and on Sunday, August 22, at SoWa Food + Produce Market at 500 Harrison Avenue.
  • WHEN: August 21 and August 22, 2:00 – 4:00PM

Last year’s event drew in over 500 people. There will be tickets available on the day of each event, but the public can also get guaranteed tickets now at:Β

Weird Ways to Save Money

I hope you enjoyed my post about ways to have fun in college, but not go broke. The second post in my financial series is about “weird” things I do to save money. I’d also love to hear what you guys do! I’m not afraid to do weird stuff to save a buck! πŸ˜‰

Here are just a few of the weird (and semi-embarrassing) things that I do to save money:

  • I buy clothing and accessories at drugstores and dollar stores. I buy fashion staples (neutral color tank tops, t-shirts, socks, etc.) at places like Walgreens, Ocean State Job Lot, and dollar stores.Β I also buy tights, flip-flops, and sunglasses at these places. I also find fun home and holiday decor there!
  • I use every last drop. When my bottle of shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body lotion, etc. is just about gone, I tip the bottle upside-down and make sure to use every last bit. A lot of people do this, but I go one step further: I cut off the top with scissors and make sure to use it all. If there’s a lot of product left over, I’ll use a plastic baggie and an elastic band to cover the contents so it doesn’t dry up. With face wash and lotion, this makes the product last at least a week or longer.
  • No food goes to waste in my house. I’m sort of obsessive about making sure everything is used up. For instance, a wrinkly pepper goes into pasta, a bruised apple is made into apple crisp, a nearly rotten peach is saved by cutting off the bad part and tossed into a smoothie. I also organize my yogurt (and other dairy products) with the soonest expiration date at the front of the fridge, so it is used up first. I put leftovers in clear Tupperware containers and put them on the top shelf of the fridge so I don’t forget about them. I have even more tips over on Trading Up Downtown.

Question of the Day

What weird things do you do to save money?



  1. Haha I’m sorta like you about using every last drop and wasting nothing.

    Another thing I do (it’s pretty time consuming and definitely “crazy”) is I will pick out about 5 grocery stores around me and go through all their weekly specials before shopping. I usually only buy what’s on sale and sometimes make a trip to all 5 stores in one day. I also print out coupons and use them on items already on sale. I really do save alot by doing this.

  2. Tina – I recently moved from Boston to Oklahoma … and would give anything for a scoop of JP Lick’s Coffee Oreo ice cream!

    Ways to save money … well, now that we live in rural Oklahoma, there aren’t nearly as many delicious restaurants or bakeries as Boston. So, we cook just about every single meal and treat at home, which has forced us to be more creative and figure out ways to cook our favorite restaurant meals, including Indian and Thai cuisines! I just started a blog to write about my adventures – come visit!

  3. I toootally do the same thing w/lotion bottles! Fod conditioner, I just add water when it gets down to the bottom and shake really hard- it works!

    Hmm..what else do I do? I shop and several grocery/drug stores, and buy things that I know I’ll need eventually when they go on sale (it’s fun for me!)

  4. I love the yogurt tip. πŸ™‚
    There’s always something going bad in my kitchen, I really should organize everything.

  5. I love your tips!! I totally know where you are coming from when it comes to stretching your dollar. As a recent college grad, I have had to come up with creative ways to save money and still maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have discovered that I live right near a Grocery Outlet that carries many of my favorite things, flax seeds, almond butter, Kashi cereal, soy milk, for much less than the bigger grocery stores. Also, I try to buy my nuts, beans, and quinoa in bulk and then separate them into smaller containers for later usage. One last thing that has been good on my belly and my wallet has been the discovery of Chobani yogurt at Costco. The 12 pack is either 10 or 12 bucks, I can’t remeber, but either way it beats the heck out of paying $1.80- $2.00 for a single serving of greek yogurt!

  6. I’m totally with you on a few of these. I use EVERY last bit of product. And, I try to eat everything up before it goes bad. My bf laughs about it sometimes, but I’d rather have an eclectic meal than let something go to waste.

  7. I was just catching up on your last several posts – love the college money saving tips! I was also a SUPER cheapskate in college – I would meet my friends for lunch at a cafe, but bring my own PB & J. In fact, I ate PB & J’s as much as I possibly could, because they were so cheap!

    The things I’m still really thrifty about: cat food. I REFUSE to spend over a dollar a can on that stuff. I make long-distance treks to find it cheaper. (Has it been challenging for you to “incorporate” Murphy into your budget? My cat had a few emergency vet bills that really murdered my budget!)
    Also: fro yo toppings. If I know I’m going to a fro yo place, I’ll bring my own little container of AB/PB, or a banana, or candy, and throw it on myself. Toppings can add up! πŸ™‚
    And: hair. I know a lot of people are too particular to risk a cheap hair cut, but for the longest time I have only either gone to student stylists who’ll do it for free or super cheap, or to this cheapo place when I’m home in Portland where a cut is only about $15. They also serve free Miller Lite πŸ˜‰

  8. My grandparents did all sorts of crazy things to save money because they grew up poor and my mom inherited them.

    For me I learned to sew to replace buttons, fix hems, etc so I don’t have to pay others to do it. WE also don’t dry clean our stuff for every wear…only when they need it.

    I purchase things from the scratch and dent section at all sorts of stores. You can save all sorts of money doing this and the products aren’t compromised.

    One last one…This week at Stop and shop canned beans are 2/$1. We use them a lot with our hectic schedule so I purchased a ton. My shelves are stocked.

  9. Great tips! I’m a thrift shopper – not only is it cheap, but it’s nice to “recycle” clothing. For things I’m too squeamish to buy used (like socks, shoes, etc), I always look in a clearance section first.

  10. I have recently started freezing food more frequently and I feel like that has helped save money. And I rarely use ziploc baggies anymore, Tupperware all the way baby. Great tips!

  11. I love the cutting the top off suggestion. I almost never remember to do that. But I ALWAYS add water and shake toward the end of shampoo or lotion or cleanser or dish detergent. I also load up on detergent samples (for some reason I always find Tide detergent samples).
    When I was little and my mom and I would cook together she always reminded me of when she was growing up with four siblings, how my grandmother ALWAYS used the last of everything (scraping the butter wrapper clean when baking, washing and re-using ziploc bags) because ‘waste not want not.’ That has really stuck with me!

  12. Totally with you on using the last drop of anything! It’s amazing on how far you can stretch something, cutting the tops off is a great idea!! I’ll have to remember that one! I love going to the dollar stores and job lots to see what gems I can find! Thanks for all the tips!!!

  13. I use the cutting off technique for toothpaste as well…you would not believe how much toothpaste is left in the tube when it is mashed. I had enough toothpaste one time for 2 weeks of brushing…morning and night.

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