If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about saving money, it’s Jordan Page, the self-professed “Queen of Frugal.”
Page, a busy stay-at-home mom who boasts about 500,000 followers on her blog, FunCheapOrFree.com, shared with INSIDE EDITION five of her best-kept secrets to living thriftily.
1. PLAN, COOK, FREEZE MEALS FOR THE WEEK
Page said planning out your meals and preparing them at home can save you big bucks weekly.
"This is lasagna. It probably cost me $1.50, maybe $2.00 for the double portions” by cooking it at home, she said. “It would probably cost me $11 or $12 dollars for a frozen, processed lasagna from the store."
When shopping, Page said to always take the store's ads with you to land the best deals. She loves checking out the closeout bin at her neighborhood Harmon's grocery store.
2. STOCK UP ON CLOTHES AT YARD SALES
Page’s closet is filled with name-brand clothing, shoes and accessories that she picked up for pennies at yard sales. She revealed what she once paid for name-brand shoes: "When I got to the register they rang it up as one cent. One penny!"
3. BUY FURNITURE FLOOR SAMPLES
Shopping for floor samples in stores will land you the best deals when it comes to furniture, said Page. A floor sample is a piece of furniture on display at a store that's been tested by customers and may have some imperfections, and is often sold at a discount.
Page said she once bought a $700 chest for a discounted price of $300 because it had a tiny scratch.
4. SHOP FOR CHEAP MAKEUP
Get glamorous, movie-star looks using inexpensive makeup, said Page. "My favorite lipstick was actually $1 from the dollar store. I love this stuff," she said.
5. PURCHASE A HOME RIGHT BEFORE IT FORECLOSES
Page saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on her house by snapping it up just before it went into foreclosure. “We got our home for a screaming deal,” she said. She bought a million-dollar home outside Salt Lake City, Utah, for $400,000.
Page believes her simple tips can turn anyone into a Queen or King of frugal. "I feel like I'm walking proof that it's possible,” she said.
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