Thursday, November 1, 2012

Amateur Couponing! And Money Saving Tips...

I'll be the first to say, I'm not one of those EXTREME couponers out there and if you are, well this post may not be for you!

I'm more of an amateur or a novice couponer and I'm going to share a few tips that have saved me and my family a few hundred dollars each month.

- See if your local grocery store has an app! I browse through the store while on their app and find extra savings. I know Dominick's (a safeway store) has one. They also have a local price match too. So instead of running over to the competitor store to save a few bucks. I can get what I need in one place.

- Shop Aldi! (Or Food for Less, or whatever the equivalent is in your area) Aldi is owned by the same company as Trader Joe's and there are so many things that are "Staples" that I buy at Aldi and save hundreds on alone instead of buying "Name Brand" and guess what? There's no different and sometimes its BETTER!!! :)

- Buy what you need, when you need it! I know the extreme couponers are all about the stock pile. But I say excess is one (of many) of America's problems. Buy only what you need, when you need it. The only thing I really buy in bulk is toilet paper and paper towels, because I KNOW I will use it. I find that some much money and food is wasted because we have SO much we don't even know what we have! You know we've all been there when you start cleaning out your cabinets to find food long expired! which leads me to my next point...

-Plan your menu! Check out your local newspaper or online to see what will be on sale for the week and plan your menu accordingly! It takes a little extra effort up front, but saves time and money later!

-Disguise your leftovers! If you have someone in your family that's like my husband who hates leftovers, then you need to disguise your leftovers! Have left over chicken from the night before? Then shred it and make chicken enchilada's or chicken quesadilla's the next day.

-Never pay full price for cosmetics and toiletries! That pretty much says it all. Only buy something when your running low, and ALWAYS use a coupon. CVS and Walgreens always have coupons. Wait  to buy until you have one.

-Minimize the Clutter! This applies with buying only what you need, when you need it. There's no reason to have 5 different bottles of hairspray and 4 sticks of deodorant. Use up the excess and only replace what you need. This includes makeup, ladies! I used to be the type to have 12 sets of lipgloss and who knows how many mascara's! But I've got ride of the clutter and only have what I need for my day time look and my evening look!

These are just a few simple tips that will put more money in your pocket and less clutter in your life!


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