Thrifty Tip

KrumIf you are interested in attending a FREE coupon binder setup class and you live near Krum, Tx., join me on April 28, 2015 from 4-6pm at the Krum Library.  Be sure to bring a 3-ring binder, baseball card sleeves, tabbed dividers, scissors and any coupons you have. I’ll be showing you how to set up a binder like mine during this 2-hour class.

Please contact the Krum Public Library (940-482-3455) with any questions regarding the class.


It’s that time of year again where you’ve likely heard of a friend who has become engaged.  With wedding season just around the corner, I thought I’d share this post from the archives.

When Robert and I married almost eleven years ago, there was one gift in particular we received that was practical, useful and very much needed. Each time I used a product I remember being so thankful for the gift.  It was a simple laundry basket filled with various cleaning supplies. 

Prior to our wedding day, I had filled our pantry (imagine that!), but had purchased very few cleaning supplies (guess I wanted to keep him fed more than impress him with a clean house :) ).  There are so many things to buy all at once when starting out on your own - especially when you’re moving from your parents’ home as we both were.  Not to mention the cost of purchasing that many items at once.

Since it made such an impression on me, I have given the same type of gift over and over to newlyweds. Here are some ideas for creating your own unique gift for a newlywed:

Cleaning Basket:

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Softener
  • Stain Remover
  • Dish Washing Soap
  • Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  • Antibacterial Cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Window Cleaner
  • Scrub Brushes / Sponges

Paper / Plastic Goods Basket:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Facial Tissue
  • 13-gallon Trash Bags
  • Storage Bags
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Foil
  • Paper Plates


I generally purchase a fairly large laundry basket from Walmart or Dollar General for around $6 – $8 and fill with things I already have in my stockpile.  I can usually fill a basket like the one pictured above for close to $20 out-of-pocket.  The laundry basket and a roll of ribbon to make a large bow for the top being the two most expensive items.

It’s a gift that you will be thanked for many times over and one that will help the newlyweds get started on the right foot!


FacebookSeveral readers have stated they are not getting Thrifty Texan posts in their Facebook newsfeed.  So, here’s a thrifty tip on how to get (or keep!) Thrifty Texan posts in your newsfeed, so you never miss a deal …especially those HOT store deals, online bargains and high value coupons!

  1. “Like” Thrifty Texan on Facebook
  2. Click the down arrow on the “Liked” button and then click on “Get Notifications”
    (When you choose to get notifications, you’ll get a notification each time that person or Page posts something shared with you. You can turn off these notifications by unchecking Get Notifications.)
  3. Click on the “Follow” button and it will change to “Following”
    (When you follow someone, you see their posts in your News Feed.)
  4. “Like”, comment or share posts regularly!


Brandi BakeryIf you are a local reader (meaning the Decatur or Denton and surrounding areas), be sure to check out Brandi’s Bakery!  She is a friend of mine who can make just about anything you need in the way of sheet or layer cakes, cookies, cupcakes, truffles and more!

Consider using Brandi’s Bakery when you need a Valentine’s Day or office party gift, wedding / baby shower or a birthday / wedding cake!

Brandi Bakery


SixFlagsThis year will be our third year to participate in the Read to Succeed program!

Here’s a cool way for teachers and students (includes homeschoolers, too!) can earn FREE tickets to Six Flags Theme Parks!  Final deadline to be registered and have students reading log entered is March 2, 2015.

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate kids to read.


AMEXIf you are an American Express cardholder, hurry over and register for Small Business Saturday (November 29, 2014).  Registration is limited, so don’t delay!  Once you’ve registered, you are eligible to use your registered American Express card at participating small business merchants on November 29, 2014 and earn up to three $10 statement credits!


Do You Have Missing Money?!

November 4, 2014

Have you ever heard of If not, is a national database that was established in 1999 by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) and enables people like you and me to perform comprehensive searches for lost assets required by law to be turned over to the states and provinces.

The most common types of unclaimed property include:

  • Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents
  • Stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends
  • Uncashed checks and wages
  • Insurance policies, CD’s, trust funds
  • Utility deposits, escrow accounts

To search for your own missing money, here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Click here, enter your name, and click on “go.” You can do an individual, family or business search (you can even search for a deceased family member).
  2. If you find a match, you must complete a claim form. Most states and provinces require a specific form to be completed which asks pertinent information about the property and proof of ownership, such as copies of checkbook, passbook, bonds, etc.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the specified form and supply any necessary documentation and identification.
  4. The claim form and ID are then mailed to the state for review. The state will respond to you directly after they have reviewed your submission and verified that you are the rightful owner.
  5. Most states send you an acknowledgment letter after receiving your claim. Claims processing time frames vary between states and provinces and property to property based upon claim activity.

Please note that there are currently only 45 states whose records are contained in the MissingMoney database: click here to view the list of participating states.

*I found money that was owed to my husband, once requested the check was sent very quickly!


We Saved $6.54 Per Box by Purchasing Contact Lenses Online

October 7, 2014

If you or someone in your household wears contact lenses, be sure to read this post. My husband wears contact lenses.  Several weeks ago, he visited the optometrist and received a new prescription, so I set out to find the best deal on a years’ supply of contacts.  Walmart Vision used to offer a volume […]

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File Your Federal Taxes FREE with TurboTax

January 28, 2014

Are you ready to file your 2013 federal tax return?  If so, consider using TurboTax. With TurboTax you’ll get your biggest tax refund guaranteed, with 100% accurate calculations, and step by step guidance so you are confident your taxes are done right. TurboTax is the #1 Rated, Best-Selling tax software brand year after year. Recommend […]

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Discounts for Seniors

November 18, 2013

A friend had shared this on Facebook, so I thought it would be useful to share here at Thrifty Texan. I know many of you are like myself and have years to go before you reach the age to receive these discounts.  But, you likely have parents and grandparents who can get the savings.  Feel free […]

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