Category: Making A Difference

Fine Tuning Shopping Strategies

Would you believe I bought all of this for .91 cents! That’s $23.75 WORTH!

This is proof that the Dollar Tree is no bargain store, as I bought all of this from CVS!

What made this shopping  trip, beat those fake couponing websites at their game…I got a bottle of $10.79 OPI Nail Polish, for FREE!

In all fairness, as some states do not do state sales tax, I left out the Maryland state sales tax.

With my Stock Market Shopping Strategies, I have beat out those fake couponing websites! They do not teach you how to shop for FOOD.

Good grief! Seriously, how much laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper, do you need to buy EVERY WEEK?!

You cannot eat laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper!

You need FOOD! Always keep some food on hand. A storm could wash away the bridges, keeping food trucks from making store deliveries.

I don’t have to tell you about store shelves being wiped out, when there is snow on the way and hurricanes hurling into towns!

With those fake couponing websites, week after week, it’s laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper…Same old, same old…No teaching the world how to shop properly for groceries…FOOD!

What’s appalling, is those fake couponing websites, are making money off the naive! Click bait.

Even though I do not serve cereal for breakfast, it becomes FREE snacks to nibble on!

Cheerios is an oat cereal, a healthier alternative,  to which I rather nibble on, than potato chips.

This is what I’m talking about, who doesn’t want practically FREE food?

As The Stock Market Shopping Strategist, I buy at low prices or for FREE, keeping in mind my apartment is 468 square feet…That means NO JUNK!

My shopping purchases are conscious spending purchases, I do not buy stuff to blog about it! No frivolous spending here.

By keeping in mind, the sales cycles and buying an item and a few spares, until the next sales cycle, for my mini stockpile (One of the three closets in my apartment)…It keeps the stores from price gouging me!

Here’s how I do it:

1) “Track”  sales cycles (Like you would The Stock Market, buy when low, hold when high)

2) Gather up coupons. You can “stack” a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon, on the item you are buying!

Some manufacturer’s coupons limit 4 like coupons in one transaction. Just follow the specifications on the coupons, you will do just fine.

Sunday newspapers have regional inserts of manufacturer’s coupons. I buy my $3.50 Washington (DC) Post Sunday papers, for $1.00 each at the Dollar Tree. They limit 3 newspapers per customer. Also, I print out coupons from You are allowed 2 coupons per item to print.


2 Cheerios Cereals Coupons

2 Cornflakes Cereals Coupons

3) If a drugstore, they usually offer money back in the form of Extrabucks (CVS), on the next shopping trip! When you shop at CVS drugstore, using a CVS loyalty card, you get back 2% of the purchases you made, each shopping quarter in the form of Extrabucks! (A paper coupon with the refund amount)

If a grocery store it’s a Catalina Coupon, giving a certain amount off on the next shopping trip!

4) Check out the Ibotta app, Checkout 51 app, scan receipts and  barcodes to get rebates! That’s money back, which usually means FREE purchases! In one month, I got back $86.56 in Ibotta rebates!

5) Use Shopkick app, get kicks for walking into stores and scanning barcodes…FREE gift cards! I’m giving my kicks away, to Feeding America, a cause dear to my heart, feeding the hungry! All I need is 50 more kicks, for a total of 1,500 kicks! ($15.00)

Here’s receipt proof, after deducting my Ibotta rebate of .75 cents from buying Oreo Milka chocolate, from this shopping trip, minus the Maryland state sales tax, paid .91 cents a 95% SAVINGS!

As you can see I work very hard, fine tuning my Stock Market Shopping Strategies…This store purchase of .91 cents,  I only paid 5% of the retail purchase prices and I’m making money shopping the right way!

I’m rarity in the blogging world, I work very hard and refuse all monetary compensation! There is no click baiting, to make me rich.

Why do I do this?  To help others and to empower them, to keep them from being taken advantage of and being price gouged…After all we all have families, who depend upon us, to feed them, to provide for them and to love them.

By making a difference daily, this blog is my labor of love, to the world.

Brenda Lee, The Stock Market Shopping Strategist 🛒


Being Frugal Isn’t About Buying Junk

Buying junk and saying you got a bargain from the Dollar Tree, is NOT being frugal!

Dollar Tree, is the worst place to shop at, fake bargains of practically trial sized products…The very idea, that you’d run out of product and return, to BUY MORE…A perpetual cycle of poverty!

Here are examples of being frugal, as you can see my money buys QUALITY, for pennies on the dollar!

Jewelry Box, from Goodwill Thrift Shop, $5.24, a concious purchase, as I own my own diamond jewelry. No man has ever bought me diamonds!

Krave Beef Jerky, CVS sells them for $7.99 each! From Big Lots, $1.25 each. I carry snacks in my purse, to nibble on, to keep from splurging on junk food, in the stores.

Another conscious purchase, from Goodwill Thrift Shop, a $249.95 Knitting Machine, for $12.00! This purchase funds programs to help those to get jobs! I’m a Lifetime Agricultural Center Member, who judged the Arts, Crafts and Photography Department.

Cake Mixes, .49 cents each

Cooked Chicken Breast Cuts, $1.00 each

Lotions from BigLots, $1.00 each!

Cherry picking my groceries,  oyster crackers, corn on the cob, broccoli crowns, Roma tomatoes and sugar.

Tomato Juices, .74 cents each from CVS. Liquid potassium! Without potassium, your heart stops beating!

$32.99 Revitalift Moisturizer, for $4.29…L’Oréal Paris, the drugstore beauty line, owns Lancôme, the high end beauty line!

My recent grocery store trip, $42.00 worth, for $27.00! No junk!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish, retails for $10.49, paid $2.49!

Double hearts bracelet, $1.00

Today’s cherry picking grocery haul, $13.15 worth, for $6.49! No junk!

This is being FRUGAL…QUALITY for pennies on the dollar, conscious spending…Not buying junk at the price gouging Dollar Tree!

Being FRUGAL, means you live a QUALITY life, on pennies on the dollar and you eat better, too!

No cereals for breakfast, no eating out, no Starbucks and you avoid the price gouging stores, like the Dollar Tree!

As my late father used to say:

“A fool and his money, are soon parted!”

Brenda Lee, The Stock Market Shopping Strategist

Game Changer: With 1,700 Store Closures This Year

Since I am The Stock Market Shopping Strategist, it takes a lot of hard work, doing my reading and researching, to stay ahead of a shaky economy.

Also, I take in the signs of an economy, that isn’t on a solid foundation. You cannot trust the United States government, to tell you the truth about the economy.

I KNEW we were in a recession, when Dubya, was our President. It was during this time, that a lot of people bought houses! The United States Government sugarcoated the harsh reality, that we were in a deep recession. What happened next, people who invested in buying a house, lost that house, when they lost their jobs and the banks were calling in the loans.

Already we are in another deep recession, do not be fooled! Batten down the hatches. After number 45, the billionaire, runs The United States Of America, into the ground, will things turn around.

Today, I scanned the store sales ads. Already the stores are tightening their belts, or they will become another statistic, one of the 1,700 stores filing for bankruptcy, thus the thousands of store closures!

The luxury stores are also feeling the pressure, sales are down each quarter.

In Bethesda, Maryland, where I was born, is an old money, tony neighborhood. The luxury mall there, has become a ghost town! Mind you, Bethesda is just a few miles up the road, from the seat of power, Washington, DC!

You see, they don’t tell you that stuff. Since I was born and raised here, I know the truth! I see the truth, a luxury mall ghost town, store closures, stores downsizing to stay afloat, before declaring bankruptcy.

Look at the signs around you, do your homework and research. Pay close attention to the telling signs, like the store’s sales ads, more regular price merchandise, than sale price merchandise!

Luckily for me, I bought and stocked my kitchen and supplies closet, for pennies on the dollar, using my Stock Market Shopping Strategies!

I can ride out the high prices, since it was just Memorial Day weekend,  the foods are pricier, because of summer picnics and cookouts.

Basically, I buy milk and bread every 10 days, cherry picking from store’s sales ads, when what I need is at it’s lowest price point, buying enough until next sales cycle. Of course, I pay attention to the food’s expiration dates.

Being The Stock Market Shopping Strategist, it is my goal to stay ahead of a shaky economy and help others, to be able to buy groceries, for pennies on the dollar.

I have been doing this since I was NINE years old. We were POOR, because my Carpenter father, paid for my open heart surgery, the heart specialist doctors and the Children’s Hospital bills, out of his pocket!

Thanks to my parents, in giving me a chance to live, I repaid them, by getting us free food, using Manufacturer’s Coupons doubled and combined with store sales.

How many kids do you know, that are feeding their parents without money, legally?

This kid grew up to become, “The Stock Market Shopping Strategist”!

I’ve been poor, hungry, freezing and wearing hand me down clothes from the rich ladies, my grandmother used to clean houses for.

This blog was started, teaching the world how to survive and be able to eat, without going hungry or broke.

I refuse any monetary gain. This blog is my making a difference in the world gift, keeping others from going hungry or becoming homeless.

Thank you, for stopping by and reading my blog. It means more to me than any amount of money.

Brenda Lee, The Stock Market Shopping Strategist

$40.97 Worth At Walgreens For $3.97


When you study ads and do your homework, before spending a penny…You save not only money, but time…FREE paper plates, saves my time from washing too many dishes by hand…

I am doing it all, running two websites, doing all the shopping and cooking, taking care of my mother who has cancer, wheeling her to doctors appointments in her wheel chair, without a car…The public bus is my mode of transportation!

Also, I do my own frugal luxurious manicures, fix my own laptop (I’m a former computer professional) and I find the time to read, do my artwork and enjoy the charming Sicilian gentleman’s company online.

The Sicilian gentleman, quietly gives me his strength, to make a difference in this world, to where I try harder, to find solutions…

I dedicate this first blog post to the Sicilian gentleman. Without his quiet strength, I won’t have created “The Stock Market Shopping Strategist” website.