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My New Brita Water Filter Pitcher

My childhood, was spent growing up secluded, in the woods, getting in tune with nature and wildlife.

Thus the start of my being into ecology, wanting to protect nature and wildlife.

I flinch at the thought of buying bottled/jug water, in essence some of it is just filtered tap water.

The plastic bottles and/or jugs, depending upon what size of “bottled” water that  was bought, is filling our landfills, polluting our woods, hiking trails, streams, creeks, ponds, lakes, seas and oceans, it breaks my heart. The wildlife suffer and so do we, as water is a necessity for life.

Not everyone recycles those disposal plastic bottles/jugs of water.

There is a Recycle Room, in the basement of this apartment complex where I live, in a tony neighborhood.

Three times a week, I dump my bags full of cardboard boxes, paper and plastic jars/bottles, into the recycle containers, in the Recycle Room.

I have been wanting a Brita Water Filter Pitcher, for my new kitchen. I wanted it to be sleek and functional, since filtering your own tap water, should be fun!

Fell in love with this $79.99 Brita Water Filter Pitcher, on Jet. Com. I got it for $33.88! I saved $36.11!

Wait! There’s more! I signed onto Brita.Com, to get a water filter replacement reminder…They offer Brita Rewards! All you have to do is to buy a Brita water filter bottle/pitcher and upload your online receipt or store receipt, for points to use!

So I signed up for Brita Rewards. I now have 212 points, after Brita sent me an email giving me 200 points, for my Brita Water Filter Pitcher purchase! They give you surveys and other things, including recycling your water filters,  to earn more points!

Score! I checked the prices on Amazon on the Brita hard body water filter bottles…$21.00 each, retail price!

Why pay $42.00 for 2 Brita hard body water filter bottles, when I can get them FREE, using my Brita Rewards points? I made a profit, recouping the cost of buying my new water filter pitcher, at $33.88! A $8.12 profit! 

That’s not all, I used Swagbucks.Com, to order my Brita  Water Filter Pitcher, from Jet.Com. Swagbucks was giving 10 Swagbucks, per $1.00 spend at Jet.Com! I earned 34 Swagbucks.

Swagbucks is FREE to join, you earn Swagbucks and save them up. You can get gift cards, I use my Swagbucks to get Amazon gift cards! That’s how I built up my $400,000 eLibrary, buying FREE or low cost eBooks, via Amazon, using Amazon gift cards, earned from Swagbucks!

1) Shopped through Swagbucks, to order my Brita Water Filter Pitcher, from Jet.Com, earning 34 Swagbucks towards a future Amazon gift card.

2) Shopping on Jet.Com via Swagbucks, for my sleek new Brita Water Filter Pitcher, saved me $36.11.

Jet.Com has a $35.00 minimum purchase order, to earn FREE shipping. Ordered a few other things that I needed, to meet this FREE shipping requirement.

3) Signing onto Brita.Com, signed up for water filter replacement reminders.

Also signed up for Brita Rewards, did a few surveys and uploaded my online Jet.Com Brita Water Filter purchase receipt, to earn Brita Rewards points. Earned 212 Brita Rewards Points.

4) Once Brita sent me an email, that my Brita Water Pitcher purchase from Jet.Com was credited to my Brita Rewards account, I signed onto Brita.Com, to claimed 2 brand new Brita hard body water filter bottles, for FREE! A $42.00 savings!

This is what they call a QUADRUPLE dip!

I made my $33.88 dollars spent, earn me a PROFIT! Even the Stock Market cannot return an investment like this, within a few days! I made a PROFIT, on ZERO, as the Brita Water Filter Pitcher and the two Brita Water Filter Bottles, became FREE, making me a $8.12 PROFIT! Also, I earned 34 Swagbucks towards a future Amazon gift card! Who would not want $121.99 worth of Brita Water Filter Bottles/Pitcher, for FREE and make a PROFIT, too?

This is how I shop, this is why I am The Stock Market Shopping Strategist Blog Creator/Owner. I am also Foxy Frugalista, The Frugal Fashion and Beauty Blog Creator/Owner and Frugal Luxurious Interior Decorating Blog Creator/Owner.

That makes me the Frugal Luxurious Lifestyle Guru, living luxuriously, better than the millionaires, on pennies on the dollar. I earned that title.

Those other bloggers/vloggers cannot do what I do, living luxuriously on pennies on the dollar. This was my own deal, that I put together myself, without help or swiping off other bloggers.

Oh, I earn ZERO from blogging. As you can see, I blog to show others it can be done. Not doing this, to make myself famous and earn money, or use people. I care, to help educate those who want to live the Frugal Luxurious Lifestyle, a roof over your head, a well stocked kitchen and a joyous life,  on pennies on the dollar. You now hold the cards! A win!

Brenda Lee, The Stock Market Shopping Strategist 🛒

 

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Beware Of Fake “Frugal” Blogs And Vlogs

I cannot stress this enough, those fake “frugal” blogs and vlogs, are misleading.

Wrong, just wrong to benefit off the misfortune of those trying to live a frugal life, by giving them false information.

Let’s start with the dollar stores. They are the worse places for those with little money to shop at, smaller sizes and when you calculate it, higher prices per ounce!

I am a rarity in the world of blogging. I do not mislead, by taking advantage of those struggling to live on little money, that they have left after paying their basic necessities, like rent.

This blog is free to read, I do not make one cent. Nor do I want to be “famous”, it’s just not my style to use people, to make myself “famous”. Real bloggers and vloggers, want nothing in return. Fake bloggers and vloggers, want sponsors, money and be “famous”.

By writing this blog, is to educate, by taking the blinders off, so no one can be bamboozled, for financial gain!

Being frugal, means being careful, by not shopping at the dollar stores, buying  “trial-size” stuff, that cost more per ounce. The idea of dollar stores, is to make it sound like great deals can be had there. Totally false, price gouging, is their specialty!

“Trial-size” stuff, means you run out sooner, going back to the dollar stores within days, to buy more, a repeating cycle of poverty!

This is just so wrong to falsely preach dollar stores, to those struggling to live on little money, trying to feed their families.

I have gotten free to low cost food, shopping elsewhere, more food for my money.

The key is to be armed with a calculator, start calculating the cost per ounce, you will get the shock of your life, of how much you are getting price gouged!

Warren Buffett, the billionaire, does not pay more than he has to, by being very aware of the prices. He still lives in the home, he bought in the 1950s!

That’s how Warren Buffett is a billionaire, he does not unnecessarily line the pockets of anyone. However, he generously gives to charity.

By taking back your power, getting educated and informed, no longer will anyone profit off you!

Brenda Lee, The Stock Market Shopping Strategist

 

 

 

Prices Depend Upon The Location

As a creator, owner and blogger of this blog, I work very hard. Unlike most bloggers, I do my own research and trial and error discoveries.

Every week, I am revamping the way I shop, to keep up with the ever changing shopping experiences. If I do not keep up, I will be price gouged and state sales taxed, to where I barely survive!

I live in a tony neighborhood in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Believe it or not, shopping in a tony neighbor is much, much more cheaper!

On a recent outing, in my old neighborhood, I stopped into an international supermarket. Mind you this neighborhood is where most of the lower middle class, reside. I picked up an item and nearly went into a cardiac arrest at the price!

Allow me to explain. My tony neighborhood international supermarket, sells a huge can of Nido WHOLE Milk Powder Mix, for $16.99.

Would you believe in a “poorer” city, that same can of Nido WHOLE Milk Powder Mix, sold for $21.49! $4.50 more, per can!

This got me thinking. It’s not the stores, it’s the location that determines the prices of goods being up for sale, in the stores!

No wonder those with lower incomes are struggling, to feed their families and pay the rent! They are being unknowingly price gouged, thinking the “poorer” city, is a cheaper place to live and shop at!

It’s true, over 50% of the Americans, cannot afford groceries. It’s a choice of paying rent or buying groceries. Thus many families go hungry.

Why do I run this blog for FREE? I once grew up poor, the struggle of getting food to eat, is real. When your stomach is rumbling, you’re thinking about food all the time.

When I was 9 years old, I was feeding my parents and my brother! I found a way to legally get FREE food, store sales and doubling of manufacturers’s coupons!

As the Stock Market Shopping Strategist, it has been a lifelong learning experience, where survival depends upon my wits.

We control how much money we will pay, by finding better stores in “wealthier” neighborhoods, where the groceries are much cheaper, than the “poorer” neighborhood’s groceries!

Never fall into the marketing traps, thinking it’s a “poorer” city, therefore everything is cheaper. The same goes for big box stores, which I shall not name. Not cheaper!

It pays to do your research, your homework, when you are armed with the knowledge of the marketing traps, you are no longer a victim, to be price gouged and state sales taxed, to where your money is going to the wrong places, for the wrong reasons.

This discovery of the differences in prices in the “poorer” city, being higher than those in a “wealthier” city, was a shocking eye opener!

It was time for me to resume blogging, so others can benefit and save from my discoveries.

Stick with me, as I make more discoveries, by helping you to change the way you shop and start living better than before, on pennies on the dollar!

Brenda Lee, The Stockmarket 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

Couponing Websites: Do Not Teach How To Eat Frugally, But To Stockpile Junk

They call themselves expert shoppers?! I have to laugh! Seriously, are they that filthy that they need all that laundry detergent, to wash their clothes EVERY DAY?

I have been in public laundry rooms, they use way too much laundry detergent and fabric softener!

No one needs to be stockpiling laundry detergent! You cannot feed your family on a stockpile of “junk”!

In this shaky economy, you should be stockpiling food, putting inexpensive meats, poultry and spare foods that freeze well, up in your freezer.

Today, I went to Weis grocery store. They had mailed me a store coupon, “Spend $25.00 get $8.00 off”!

This is what I bought, took it home and sectioned off my purchases, wrapped up my portion sizes and put up in the freezer.

I bought $48.56 worth of  london broil, beef steaks, ground turkey, chicken breast fillets, 2 packs of Italian Sweet Sausage, boneless quarter ham, beef stew cubes and a package of Bridgeford Parker House Rolls…Paid $18.56!

Here’s the Weis grocery store receipt:

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You need food to stay healthy and feed your family, if you have a family to take care of.

By having at least a 3 month stockpile of food, you can save money when money is tight, by cherry picking from store’s ads.

For example, I have beef stew cubes up in my freezer. I need a couple of potatoes, some carrots and an onion, to make a pot of homemade beef stew. It doesn’t cost much to buy a few vegetables.

No one knows what the future holds, our new government is cutting programs, to help those in need.

Did you know, over 50% of the Americans, cannot afford to buy groceries? They have a choice, pay the rent or eat. It’s most unfortunate that they make the choice to pay the rent, to keep their family safe.

Those Couponing Websites, are out to make a profit, be very aware of that fact. They promote stockpiling “junk”!

Every week, it’s laundry detergents, toothpaste and toilet paper, to stockpile up on!

They are crooks, making profit off the naive, keeping them in perpetual poverty!

This is why I started this blog. My blog, I rip the blindfolds off, showing how you’re being used and fleeced!

I do not care to make money or use people. This makes me a rarity in this day and age. I do not wish to see anyone going hungry, or being kept in perpetual poverty, just so some losers can profit!

Losers are those Mommy bloggers, that are supposed to be “shopping experts”…Ha! Ha! Why are you BROKE?!😳

Wake up people, stop enabling people that keep their naive audience, in perpetual poverty! It’s NOT nice, to take advantage of the naïveté of innocent people!

My Stock Market Shopping strategy works, my freezer is almost fully stocked. I’ve only been living here 11 days, in my new home!

That’s right, I’m still moving. But my main priority is to take advantage of the buy low and hold at high shopping strategies!

If I’m hungry, I win by going to my new kitchen and quickly whipping up a frugal, nutritious meal instead of eating junk food from restaurants, a lot of sodium for high prices!

That’s the beauty of being the Stock Market Shopping Strategist. I am not being used or fleeced and I eat healthier, for pennies on the dollar!

Brenda Lee, The Stock Market Shopping Strategist