Friday, May 10 2013 5:45 PM EDT2013-05-10 21:45:06 GMT
The battle of generic verses brand name goes on! Today, we're testing tuna to find out which can has the best value. There's a lot of competition in world of canned tuna. I found three name brands - BumbleMore >>
The battle of generic verses brand name goes on! Today, we're testing tuna to find out which can has the best value.More >>
Friday, May 3 2013 5:27 PM EDT2013-05-03 21:27:16 GMT
NBC12 is on your side, helping you score the best deals on groceries. Last week, it was peaches. This week - green beans. I bought six different brands of green beans. Del Monte and Green Giant are nameMore >>
NBC12 is on your side, helping you score the best deals on groceries. Last week, it was peaches. This week - green beans.More >>
Thursday, May 2 2013 5:39 PM EDT2013-05-02 21:39:15 GMT
Summer heat could hit any day, so now's the time to figure out how you can cut costs on your power bill. Here is a list of the top five things in your house that are sucking dollars out of your wallet. 1.More >>
Summer heat could hit any day, so now's the time to figure out how you can cut costs on your power bill. Here is a list of the top five things in your house that are sucking dollars out of your wallet.More >>
Friday, April 26 2013 5:20 PM EDT2013-04-26 21:20:06 GMT
NBC12 goes the distance to find the real difference between name brand and generic products. Every time you're in the grocery store, you have to choose: buy the name brand and pay more or save with theMore >>
Every time you're in the grocery store, you have to choose: buy the name brand and pay more or save with the generic.More >>
Thursday, April 18 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-04-18 21:52:41 GMT
Kevin Cutlip grows anything he wants to eat. Last month he showed you how to grow a seed in dryer lint. A month later, they have sprouted. He showed us the replanted celery base: "It's actually startingMore >>
Last month NBC12's Diva of Discounts dug up how to start a cheap garden indoors. Now it's time for outdoor planting. She's back with more tricks of the trade that will hardly cost you a thing.More >>
Imagine losing your job one week before you're set to close on your newly constructed house.
A Richmond man shared his secrets for making his home beautiful without spending a fortune.
"The reality had to set in, that I knew I had to switch to survival mode."
Jerry Crayton changed his cell phone provider, cut his cable and started changing his own oil, but he wanted a comfortable, inviting home.
His smart shopping tactics allowed him to buy nice things without emptying his wallet.
"Love of Jesus and Family Thrift. Fan Tastic Thrift is another good one. Every side of town you can find a Goodwill. Most of the paint, I got it at ReStore. I got it for $3 or $4 a gallon.
ReStore had stain for his deck for less than $7. He found his kitchen backsplash there as well.
"The box was about $12."
His toilet would have cost more than $100 — "I paid $10."
The fan came from Diversity Thrift — "$30 to $35."
He adapted $300 custom blinds to fit his windows — "$24."
He bought modern lighting fixtures as well — "about $10."
Old furniture gets new life in Jerry's house.
"The table, I painted it black, got it for about $35. The chairs, I got them at a consignment store in Lakeside — and these are just a slip cover."
An old cabinet became a kitchen island with new paint, hardware and a granite top. A turntable was transformed into a bar.
"Where all the electronics was, I ended up putting a mirror to give it some depth."
He searches second-hand stores for designer labels...
"Diversity Thrift, Salvation Army — Wednesdays, clothes are half price."
...then consigns them for profit.
"You can pretty much find anything you want if you look for it."
Jerry barters on Craigslist and with people he knows to trade items he has for merchandise he wants.
He's found success haggling at thrift stores because the items being sold are donated and the staff is willing to negotiate.