Something I have decided to implement this New Year is a more frugal way of living. And in my journey to become frugal, I plan to share my tips that I’ve learned and try, on to you!
I think with the economy like it is right now, it would be in ALL of our best interest to find ways to save money. With that said……..
Coupons and Comparisons
- 1. Use Coupons! A big ol’ duh but you really should! I have even added a cool widget to my sidebar and each post so that you can print right from there! SO COOL and I’ve printed a whopping 12 today!
- 2. Watch for rebates or freebies with minimum store purchases. Two great places to find out more about this stuff are Deal Seeking Mom & Kingdom First Mom, two friends of mine who know how to SAVE YOU MONEY!
- 3. Check your newspapers and flyers for additional coupons.
- 4. Only use coupons for items you would buy anyway!! Just because there’s a coupon for it, doesn’t mean you should buy it.
- 6. Stock up on sale products when you can.
- 7. Be on the lookout for unadvertised specials and trust me, they are there!
- 8. Get a rain check if the sale item is out of stock. I’m sure you think of this when buying a product like a stereo or something but you should apply it towards grocery items as well!
- 9. Buy the smallest size/quantity that the coupon allows.
- 10. Check comparable brands to be sure you are getting a bargain.
- 11. Want to try a new product? Search for a coupon first. There are endless coupons and no sense in paying full price if you aren’t sure about it.
- 12. Match store sales/coupons with manufacturer’s coupons for the same item. Walmart is awesome at matching sale ads!!!
- * Don’t shop hungry obviously. There have been studies showing you’ll spend 17% more on your groceries.
- * Don’t shop on paydays or just before the holidays.
- *Shop for items before you run out of them. Waiting until you run out means you’ll end up having to pay whatever the store is charging at the moment.
- * Study the sales and how they run. Know when to expect certain items to go on sale like condiments in early summer and baking supplies just before Christmas.
- * Buy foods in season. They’ll be top quality and likely less expensive than imported foods.
- * Do one bulk trip a month for staples. I’m a monthly shopper, always have been and I truly believe in this.
- * Frequent trips will be necessary if you shop for “soon-to- expire” items. Don’t buy on impulse.
In the Store
- Shop alone!!! DON’T take the kids or even your spouse!..LOL They will be a huge distraction and will either A) throw things in the basket that you don’t need B) break your concentration C) throw tantrums and embarrass you.
- Become a regular to the bakery, meat and produce departments. Get to know the staff and you’ll get dibs on recently marked down groceries that are “day old”.
- Use a cash back credit card to gain cash back from your purchases. JUST REMEMBER TO DEDUCT the amount from your budget!
- Be sure to check out both top and bottom shelves. More expensive products will be at eye level. It’s a fact.
- **USE reuseable shopping bags. I recently seen the ones my mom uses that are from Sam’s and they are awesome! Not only that, she can actually carry those things FULL and without the strain on the arms.
- **Clean your fridge before you go shopping. It will make it so much easier to put things away!
- **Put away frozen then refrigerated…..freeze bulk items in smaller meal packages. We buy huge packs of ground beef and split it up into smaller portions. You can do this with so many items and a vacuum sealer becomes VERY handy so I recommend you get one.
- **Watch the scanner for errors! This does happen so keep your eyes wide open during checkout.
- **Keep a list! I’m in LOVE with my SmartShopper Grocery List Organizer but regular pen and paper works well too. If you are interested in the list organizer, I did a review of it.
- **Keep a price record. Say Walmart has Tide at $6.99 for so many ounces and Albertson’s has it at regular price for $7.99. You might have a coupon for $1.00 off…by having the record, you would know that even though it’s at Albertson’s for a dollar more than Walmart, you would also know that Albertson’s doubles coupons making it $5.99! Cool huh:)