I often save money on things. I’ll think to myself, “That was smart. I should write about it.” Then, I sit down to do just that, and I balk. I realize that nobody wants to read an entire article about how I got a free box of granola bars. And this is coming from somebody who writes entire articles about shoes from Dollarama. In the last week, I collected a bunch of these little tidbits and I’ve prepared an omnibus list that hopefully won’t bore you.
1. Free box of Fibre One
I got an email from Save.ca the other day, offering a coupon for a free box of Fibre One cereal bars. I think they taste awful, but my partner loves them, so I promptly signed up to receive the coupon and I’m looking forward to getting it in the mail.
2. Tremclad EVERYTHING
I had a bit of extra Tremclad after spraypainting my desk. I didn’t let it go to waste. How?
First off, as you may recall from the time I changed my 03 Malibu’s air filter, the screws on the air filter compartment were extremely rusty. To the point that I was afraid they’d get stripped very soon (take a look at the pics in that article and you’ll see how bad it was). I wrapped the surrounding box with a plastic bag and some of my painter’s tape. Then I pulled out the screw and sprayed it where it lay.
Secondly, after I finished my desk, the whole setup for painting remained in place (the drop sheet, disposable mask, and sanding block, etc.). I used this as an opportunity to clean and re-paint my office garbage can (a lovely Ikea item that seems perfect for recyclable paper). It now looks a lot nicer.
3. Rolled coins
I technically save $0 by rolling coins. I already have the coinage, I’m just putting it in a roll. In my case, I refuse to spend any currency that is smaller than a loonie (except for quarters in a machine). I strongly think it’s a waste of everybody’s time. Obviously I don’t throw my pennies, nickels, and dimes in the garbage (I’ve known people who do this! Unbelievable, right??). So every couple of months, I roll my change and deposit the money.
Rolling your own coins does save some money compared to using a CoinStar-type machine. I spent $3 + HST years ago at the dollar store to buy penny, nickel, and dime rolls. I’m still using them. If you are buying coin rolls, get the paper rolls, not the plastic rolls. Just trust me on this.
I’ve heard about some Canadian banks introducing free coin machine services, but nothing of the sort has popped up anywhere that I bank. Until a free service arrives, I’ll keep using the rolls. Rolling coins is one of the very few things I can accomplish while watching TV. For this reason only, I will miss pennies.
4. Free sundae
On Sunday, it was Father’s Day. I noticed, from their signboard, that Dairy Queen in Peterborough was offering a free sundae for Dads. At first I thought to myself, “Man, I wish I was a Dad,” completely forgetting that I had a daughter three weeks ago and she was sitting in the back of the car. So on Sunday, we stopped by Dairy Queen during our grocery trip. I could have gone to the other DQ in Peterborough to get a second sundae, but I’m trying to be less fat. We also went to Chapters, just down the street, and I enjoyed leafing through the latest edition of MoneySense and Rob Carrick’s new book, “How Not to Move Back in With Your Parents“. And that’s how I topped off a frugal week.