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Frugal Retiring News, Issue 62, July 2014
July 22, 2014
Yeah...but it is a dry heatIt is a touch hot in Phoenix these days.
114 is 114...the good news is there is less traffic, and I hear that you can get seated right away at restaurants... remember our number one tip for frugal living is...so I really don't know about that one.
Pictured above is how my frugal wife buys things we love when they are on sale and puts them in the freezer... Blueberries are not only one of our favorite foods, they are very high in antioxidants.
So when they are in season she stocks up.
Frugal tip number oneFor those of you that have passports you know that they are good for 10 years... But they are not good for overseas travel during the last six months of that 10 year period.
Go figure I'm not making this up.
Since ours would have expired in January 2015, without a new passport we could not have taken advantage of any Last-minute supercheap travel deals... So we went ahead and got our new passports... It took about five weeks. And cost us $220 for two passports.
If you do a lot of foreign travel or would like expedited treatment through the TSA checkpoints at major airports... Check into the global entry card...It's $100 a person and good for five years.
We do not have one but are tired like everyone else about the long delays getting through TSA checkpoints.
If anyone has one let me know how simple the process is.
Frugal living tip number twoI love hearing from readers of this newsletter... Having said that I myself probably use Google three to four times a day... From product recommendations, to how to do something, checking on travel deals etc.
So when you ask for a specific recommendation I often reply I would Google... Fill in the blank.
You should also get into the habit of using this free resource.
I will never forget about four years ago I had to replace a part in my television.
I found a step-by-step with pictures tutorial on how to change that exact part.
It saved me $300 by doing it myself.
So Google first when you have any kind of question.
Frugal living tip number threeI don't know about you but at 68 I am less and less comfortable when getting on ladders.
Coming back from our recent trip the smoke detectors were chirping.
Our fire department provides a free service... If you will provide the new batteries they will come change them for you... So you might check with your local fire department and see if they offer this service to the community.
It also excites the neighborhood to see the fire engine parked in front of your house... Just kidding.
Frugal living tip number fourIn my last newsletter I mentioned that you can get a senior pass good for lifetime admission to all of our national parks for $10.
A reader, who happens to be a Park Ranger, suggested that I remind you that it is $10 at any entrance gate to the park.
If you get one by mail they add an extra $10.
So Smokey says only you can save a little money by taking the Rangers advice and getting your senior pass at the gate not by mail.
Frugal tip number fiveAll the money in the world cannot replace good health.
We recently cut our summer trip short because of a problem with Julie's annual mammogram... She got retested including a sonogram and everything is fine.
A tip that she would like to pass along is that the technician that has done her last five mammograms was not there during the test that we had to have redone.
So you may want to request the same technician perform your annual mammogram if at all possible.
Frugal tip number sixBy cutting our summer trip short I missed out on my annual fishing trip to Oregon.
We found some extra low fares on Expedia... $516 for the two of us to fly from Phoenix to Redmond Oregon which is just north of Bend our final destination.
So for hotels, cruises and flights.
Check Expedia; Kayak; Hotwire; Hotels.com Booking Buddy and you might be surprised like we were that we could fly cheaper than we could drive...for two days, really fun when crossing Nevada, when you put in the expenses for gasoline, and a hotel up and back.
In closingJulie is finding some great deals on warm winter clothing... On dollar day... At our local Goodwill.
Now is a great time to accumulate warm clothing to give to the homeless when the weather gets a little cold.
Always remember to use the tips that you gain on site to not only help yourself but the less fortunate in your community.
Be safe in your travels and hug the ones that you love.
All the best,
Gary and Julie
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