We are all looking for ways to save a few bucks these days and there are some businesses out there that we've found can help. And that, is what's helping their business boom in a bad economy.
No matter how the bread is sliced at Entenmann's Oroweat Bakery Outlet, it's a steal.
"I only buy my bread here," said Cheryl Adair. That's because she estimates she saves about $20 a month.
"The same bread at the shops is $4, I get it for $1.79 here, just as good," Adair said.
The bread at the bakery outlet is fresh; it just didn't sell in the stores after three days.
"Everything is fresh and in date, we just have great prices and bargains everyday," said Becky Jenkinson, lead bakery outlet clerk. Jenkinson says recently business has been better than ever and customers rarely leave with just one loaf.
"There's people that buy two and three carts full cause they will freeze it," Jenkinson said.
Discounted bread is just one way some are saving. At Platte Furniture where everything is used, business is also up.
"You can tell people are coming here instead of going to new stores," said Kyle Kelly, General Manager at Platte Furniture. He estimates you can save anywhere from 25% to 50% by buying at his store.
"Ever since Christmas we have definitely gotten busier. February has been our busiest month," Kelly said. He says they've been selling more and they've also been buying more.
"A lot of people are saying they need money, that's why they are selling," Kelly said. Here there's no consignment, they'll pay you up front for your furniture and usually sellers can get about a third to a quarter of what they paid new.
"Lots of small businesses have gone out, for us we've gotten a lot of office furniture, chairs, had to turn people down because we've gotten so much," Kelly said.
And when times are tough you may not be able to afford to pamper yourself as much, unless you go to a place that offers cheaper services like the Salon Professional Academy. It’s a beauty school that offers a variety of services at discounted prices.
"We've seen a pretty good increase, the last two months up to 25-percent increase in our business," said Sherry Cruz, one of the school’s educators.
Jessica Jenkins is one of many who has started coming to the beauty school instead of going to the salon.
"I used to pay about $150 for cut and color," Jenkins said. Now she pays much less. “It's probably like a 10th of the price you pay in the salon," she said.
The stylists are all students, that's why that can offer the discounted prices.
"Our highlights start at $23, color starts at $25, haircuts are only $10, pretty discounted, amazing trade off for our students to get the education they want," Cruz said.
So even when you're pinching pennies you can still treat yourself to a relaxing pedicure or facial, afford to buy good bread and maybe even get that new sofa you've always wanted.
Addresses and phone numbers for all three businesses mentioned in this story are below:
Entenmann's Oroweat Bakery Outlet
4715 Flintridge Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
2331 Platte Pl
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
The Salon Professional Academy
4388 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
And we know there are also a lot of other businesses across the area that offer great money saving deals. If you know of any, let us know by using the comment feature below.