Thrifty Spending Issue 97

FEATURE ARTICLE:  How to Buy Scratch-and-Dent Appliances

Often, you can find great deals on brand-new appliances at scratch-and-dent sales. The trick is first finding a store that sells them, then finding an appliance with flaws that won’t affect your use.



MONEY SAVING TIP:  How to make dish washing detergent and more

According to the latest government data, Americans spend an average of $659 a year on housekeeping supplies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which provides that figure, also says the average American earns about $787/week – which means many people are spending most of (if not more than) a week’s pay every year on dish soap, laundry detergent, and other cleaning products. If that sounds expensive, here’s a better idea: Make your own.



DID YOU KNOW…there are three things you should never buy a used?

A used mattress, tires and software.