Saving Money Tips

@Fishmomma (11389)
United States
July 4, 2008 5:17am CST
Tips To Save 1. Use a reward card, as this will save a lot of money and many stores have them. I always take all of them including the office supply stores and one of our most used Best Buy, as I love the store. 2. Check farmers markets I suggest go before closing to get great deals on produce. 3. Use electronic coupons This only works if your stores accept them and many of my stores accept them for their own store only. It only takes a minute and you can save a lot. My husband uses these coupons more than the Sunday Coupons. He visits a fast food place once a week and prints coupons from several of them, so is prepared for whatever he feels like eating that day. I am now loading coupons on my loyality card http://www.softcoin.com/Sites/PG_eSAVER/Page/HomePage/ If you use P&G like me, you might see, if your store is there, as there is a long list. My husband doesn't have to carry a coupon for these loadable coupons, so its really nice and his reaction when he came home was priceless. He didn't think it would work. 4. Look for buy 1 get 1 deals. You can use a coupon for the one your purchasing, so you can save more than 50% on the purchase. I like these deals. 5. Clip the coupons from the Sunday Paper for items on sale that you are already using now. I always compare the price with the store brand, then buy the one that costs less. If the coupons double, then the national brand has been the better deal, but Ralph's changed, so now I will be buying more store brands or going to Vons, which still has great doubling. 6. Eat before shopping, so your cart doesn't gain a lot of unplanned foods. Plan ahead and you can save a lot. Good luck and hope your able to save from these tips.
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@qhwater (394)
• China
4 Jul 08
thanks for those beautiful ideas. it sounds they really can make us cut expense quite a lot.
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@Fishmomma (11389)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Thanks for posting. I will be posting more of them in the future. Its important to save whenever we can, so our dollars stretch further.
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@mensab (4208)
• Philippines
4 Jul 08
thank you for these valuable tips. in these trying times,any saving tips must be welcome. with the soaring food prices and fuel prices, belt tightening in our budget is essential to extend the value and worth of our money. i will forward this to some of my friends.
@Fishmomma (11389)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Some gas stations in my area are $5.00 a gallon. This means I must be organized and do everything in one trip. Thanks for posting.
@dragon54u (31051)
• United States
4 Jul 08
The problem with coupons is that they are usually for things that I don't use--air fresheners, cat food, dog treats, brands of deodorant I don't like and stuff like that. I stock up on sale items that I know I'll use and stick to a list. If it's not on the list I usually won't buy it unless it's such a great deal I'll save more than $2.
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@Fishmomma (11389)
• United States
4 Jul 08
My local store sends me coupons. Also they except their own printed coupons from their site. I load the P&G to my card. I know not everyone is able to have all three happen. My best deal was when P&G goes on sale and the loadable coupon is a buy 1 get 1 free. I can get the name brand for less than the generic. Thanks for the reply.
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@Foxfire1875 (2012)
4 Jul 08
Excellent ideas for saving money. This week I'm going to do a menu for the week as my boyfriend is the limit for just buying a load of food and never actually using it and we just can't afford to do that and I hate wasting food any way. I'd like to add that if you know someone with a trade card for somewhere like Macro or Costco, then club together to buy bulk.
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@Fishmomma (11389)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I don't know anyone with a bulk club store card in this city. They raised the price of membership so much that its cheaper for me to buy bulk packages in the grocery store. Also we have a Super Size Target with a large food section and some of my friends visit Wal-mart, which is to far away from my house. Also have a store that you pack your own groceries and I visit it for sale items and it doesn't have a membership fee. One of the membership stores already closed in this area and expect the other will be gone this year. Thanks for the reply.
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@cher913 (25897)
• Canada
8 Jul 08
i also look to see what food i need before i go shopping instead of assuming i need it and we also plan our meals for the coming two weeks (or at least have a general idea) and i find this helps also (plus we try and have non meat meals at least once or twice a week too.)
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@kimbers867 (2541)
• United States
6 Jul 08
My big tip is to try and shop early in the day and check the meat department to see what meat you can get marked down. This is how I buy most of my meat. Also, if you have an Aldi's check them out. I do a lot of my shopping there. I just tried their bacon yesterday and for $2.50 it was great. It didn't shrink and had a nice flavor. No more waiting for bacon to go on sale.
6 Aug 08
Excellent tips, I find that shopping before closing in supermarkets in the UK also lends a lot of savings on perishables. We picked up a bag of radishes for 5p and carrots for 10p yesterday!
@leateagee (3667)
• China
10 Jul 08
Thank you so much for sharing us these tips. As a young woman who is living on my own now, I really do a lot of savings. One thing I could share is that I whenever I have to go to the grocery to buy my needs, I just jot down which is a need and vanity. If its needed I will buy but if not, you may forget about it. Though I treat myself to something good too. Take care =)