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How Lasers Destroyed Mom and Pop Stores


November 21, 2014 by Frugal Les

Barcode Scan


Lasers, Barcodes and Scanners – Oh My!

Lee and I were watching PBS again, a series based on the book How We Got to Now.’  This particular episode was on the invention of artificial light and the huge impact it has had on society.  Then they got to lasers – that got my interest.  Turns out the first practical application of lasers wasn’t blowing things up like so many science fiction authors had predicted but in shopping.  In a way, lasers blew up the Mom and Pop store and ushered in the era of the big box super-store we are so familiar with today.


You Have This Much Left In Your Budget


November 14, 2014 by Frugal Lee

Zero Budget Left

Do All Budgets Run Out Too Soon?

When Les and I started budgeting – it was really hard to stay on budget.  We used different budgeting systems and each one seemed to run out of money before the end of the week or month.


You Are A Frugal Guru – You Are A Fruguru!


November 9, 2014 by Frugal Lee

You are a Frugal Guru!

My nephew likes games and came up with my game name – Fruguru!

Les and I were visiting folks and the topic of being frugal and the state of this blog came up.  We talked about the ways we used to spend money and the ways we now save money, how we compare prices, shop for sales, clip coupons and such.  My nephew Al chimes in and says “Wow!  You are a real frugal guru.  You’re a Fruguru!”


Budget’s Been Slashed


October 30, 2014 by Frugal Lee

Budget's Been Slashed

Living Frugally – The Early Days

When Les and I decided it was time to get on the frugal bandwagon and try to save some money, the first thing we were told to do was to put a budget together. You have to figure out where the money is going before you can get it under control.

Then the slashing begins. (more…)

Shop By Unit Price For Frugalific Savings


September 22, 2014 by Frugal Lee

Shop By Unit Price For Frugalific Savings!


Unit Price – How To Get More for Less

This is the first post in the series ‘Compare Grocery Prices for Frugalific Savings‘ – we start with comparing unit prices because it is the easiest way to compare prices – the store has done the math for you already!  As we move through the series, you have to start doing a little more effort – we can’t have the store do everything for you!

How To Compare Grocery Prices for Frugalific Savings!


September 21, 2014 by Frugal Lee

How To Compare Grocery Prices for Frugalific Savings


Shopping Only By Sales is not Shopping

I have seen this several times – Retailer A is selling cereal – Buy 2 for $5.00, regularly priced at $3.00 each.  If you bought two at the regular price, that would be $6 but you are only paying $5 when you buy two (WYB in Coupon Lingo) – you save $1 or 16.6%  This drives me nuts when people say how much you are saving on a sale – the thinking is all wrong. (more…)

Walmart Savings Catcher App Review


August 30, 2014 by Frugal Lee

Catching Savings with Walmart Savings Catcher

I saw Walmart had a new app with the catchy name Walmart Savings Catcher so I thought I’d give it a whirl. The idea is that they compare your receipt to local ads for lower advertised prices – if they find any lower advertised prices for something you bought they will automatically fund you the difference. You don’t have to bring the ad into the store for the price-match, they do the work for you. (more…)

Why DO Grocery Stores Put the Milk in the Back?


August 27, 2014 by Frugal Les

Walmart Retail Customer Selects Milk for Her Family

Photo Credit: Walmart Corporate via Compfight cc

I love learning the ins and outs of how groceries operate and the reason why they do the things they do.  Recently I wrote an article about why groceries post unit prices when its in the consumer’s interest but not necessarily in the grocery store’s interest.

Coupon Cats


August 23, 2014 by Penny

Editors Note:  Penny really likes to help out when we are working on the computer.  We decided to give her a chance to post some of her thoughts and favorite links

A collection of Coupon Cats helping their people.


Why DO retailers show Unit Prices anyway?


August 14, 2014 by Frugal Les

Unit Prices Help Consumers, Not So Much Retailers

While Lee and I have been shopping by unit price for quite some time, I started wondering why would the stores even post unit prices in the first place. Researching a little, I see blogs stating that several states have laws requiring posting of unit price – of course there must be a law! Retailers wouldn’t want us to be able to comparison shop on a level playing field after all. So lets take a closer look at this.


Addendum – After we originally published this, Melanie Pinola over at Lifehacker published a great article on why the Unit Price that the retailer puts on those little stickers may not always be reliable.  You should check it out.


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