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Saving Money on Household Goods Without Extreme Couponing

Saving Money on Household Goods Without Extreme Couponing

When I was fresh out of college and low on money, I searched for ways to save and came across extreme couponing. I started clipping coupons, printing them out in mass quantities from internet sites, and even purchasing some on E-bay to get items I needed. It wasn’t long before I built up a stockpile of both foods and household goods. Unfortunately, I found that not everything I bought were things I needed. Some even expired before I could use them! This led me to realize maybe extreme couponing wasn’t really saving me the money I thought it was. Now, I still try to save on household goods and groceries, but I don’t do it with extreme couponing. Here’s what I do instead. 1. Shop Sales Obviously one of the ways to save on household goods without extreme couponing is to watch for the items you frequently buy to go on sale. If you pay attention to the sales flyers of the stores you shop at you will notice most have a cycle. Certain items will go on sale every few weeks and others every few months. If it helps, you could chart it so you can figure out the ...

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Why it Pays to Organize Your Grocery List

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I hate to grocery shop. Like I really loathe it. It takes up a lot of time no matter when I go to the store. I’ve tried going on the weekends, but that’s when all of the 9 to 5 40-hour-a-week-ers go to the store. I’ve tried going during their work hours, but that’s when the elderly people who like to walk slowly and talk in the middle of aisles tend to go to the store. That’s also when the stay-at-home-moms go and it never fails that there’s at least one screaming child in the grocery store. Sigh! (No dig to the moms, I know it’s tough to manage kids in a grocery store.) I know several other people who also dislike grocery shopping. But it’s kind of like doing laundry because it doesn’t really matter that we dislike doing it since it still has to get done if you don’t want to survive off of fast food. But there are ways to make it go faster and smoother. One way is to organize your grocery list. Here’s why you should organize your grocery list. Save Time I try to write my list in the order of where the items ...

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Five Things You Can Do Right Now To Keep More Of The Cash You Have

In a struggling economy, many people are looking for new ways to decrease their spending habits and save more of their income to stretch every dollar that they have. Fortunately, there are many practical ways to save more cash to ensure a more flexible budget. By practicing new habits and techniques, it can be easy to save more on a daily basis. 1. Use Coupons Cutting coupons is a great way to save up to hundreds of dollars a month on basic groceries and household items for an easy way to reduce the cost of necessities. Many blogs and websites post the latest coupons and deals for great ways to save each day. Use inserts from the Sunday newspaper to obtain the best coupons, as well as finding them online. Check out this guide on effectively making use of coupons. By pairing a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon, the savings can be doubled for name brand products that will make it easy to get more bang for your buck. 2. Reduce Your Energy Use Energy bills can fluctuate drastically throughout the year, making it important to reduce your energy usage, especially in the warmer months. Use light blocking shades ...

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Using Coupons to Save Money

What is coupon really? A piece of paper with pictures and writing on it? Something you use to start fires? Spam in your inbox? No silly, a coupon is free money. If you’d asked me that a couple of years ago, I might have said one of the previous answers. I was too busy and too important to use them. I’m a doctor. We don’t use coupons. Well, I’m also a doctor who spent too much money and got into all kinds of debt. When you use your hard earned money to pay off that debt, something funny happens. You want to keep all of that hard earned money or use it for something you really enjoy. Using coupons to save money can allow you to do just that.

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5 Guaranteed Ways to Save Money on Groceries

  For the past few months I have made it a priority to save money on groceries. Previously, I shopped whenever the urge hit and bought whatever looked good, often spending $500 or more  a month at the grocery store. Well, no more. I’ve cut my budget to $350 a month, including household goods and dog food. Last month I came in close, but $.79 under budget. My old self would have called that a miracle, but there actually isn’t anything miraculous about it. If you follow these five steps, there’s no way you won’t save money on groceries. Don’t go to the Store. But we have to eat, right? Yes, but if you run by the store to grab one or two things, you usually end up buying more and picking up a rotisserie chicken on the way out instead of going home to cook.  Make one or two big shops a month and if you need to run in to buy milk or bananas, get only what you came for, and don’t go at dinner time! Make a Meal Plan. If you want to only shop once or twice a month, you have to know what to get so you won’t ...

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