Did anyone catch July’s Better Homes and Gardens? They had an article about how they love to save with 33 ways to save. These are some of my favorites!
#2 Know when it goes on sale:
Appliances: holiday weekends
Cameras and Camcorders: February, March
Carpet & Flooring: January
China & Flatware: March, September
Computers: August, December
Cookware: May, June, December
Dining Furniture: October, November
Electronics: Spring and early summer, also Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Furniture: January, July, holiday weekends
Holiday Decor: Day after the holiday
Mattresses: May through August
Patio Furniture: After Labor Day
Plants, Trees, and Shrubs: Fall
Small Appliances: December
Televisions: early spring, also 6-12 months after a particular model is launched
Vacuum Cleaners: April, May
#3: dodtracker.com is a deal of day across the internet tracker
#6:shopgoodwill.com – says it’s like ebay only cheaper
#8: nobetterdeal.com – a site that sells returns and overstock from big retailers
#22: You can print the coupons from the Sunday paper at smartsource.com and redplum.com
Couponmom.com is a blog to try for coupon savvy spending.
Grocery Shopping my way:
Step 1: Come up with a menu planner. I have one on our Fridge. My hubby sticks what sounds good to him when the mood strikes him and that helps me to know what should go into the rotation.
Step 2: Build a stockpile pantry and a freezer. Buy things you use alot of in bulk (buying in bulk is so much cheaper! ) If you can buy in bulk at a bulk store like BJs or Sams Club. I get a free offer for a 6month trial to BJs in the mail once a year. My Mom is also a member and I go with her once or twice a year. I usually give away the free offer to someone who I know could use it since our “local” BJs is like an hour away. Buy meats in bulk and freeze into your portion sizes. I buy 10 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts at a time at $1.99/lb. Then when I get home I clean them and put them into freezer bags with enough for one meal for the two of us. Then when I want to make something with chicken I pull out a bag.
Step 3: Make a list each time you go shopping of what you need. Stick to the list. If I just buy what strikes my fancy I always spend way more than I need to like really badly more than I need to.
Step 4: Then I take a local ad for Price Chopper (my local grocery store – which I’m still wishing was a Wegmans). I go through it and see what good deals they are having this week. See if there’s anything on sale that I’m going to be out of soon or anything that I can get extra extra cheap.
Step 5: Then I go through coupons in the newspaper that I’ve collected and see if I can stack them with anything on my list or on sale. Then I look online at coupon sites to see if there are anymore. If you don’t feel like you have the time to collect coupons then skip it. It isn’t worth the hassle if you aren’t willing to put in the work. It’ll just frustrate you. There are weeks where I don’t even look at my stack of coupons before I go grocery shopping. It all depends on my mood.
Step 6: Go grocery shopping for the things you need and get out – don’t linger. I make grocery shopping an aerobic activity. Ask my hubby. I am in and out walking at 90 miles an hour. I don’t watch where I’m going. He pushes the cart and tries to keep up while I run up and down aisles like I’m in Supermarket Sweep about to win thousands.