I guess it depends where you live and what your stores offer-we have buy one get one free offers at both Publix and Winn Dixie every week, combine that with manufacturer's coupons and you often get things nearly free. I got hefty trash bags this week-two boxes for $6.59 and had $1 off coupons that I could use so got the two boxes for $4.59, This will last us 6 mo but I am tempted to go back and get 2 more and have enough for a year! I can't get them that cheap anywhere else. Our Walgreens also offers BOGO on many items and they also let you use manufactures coupons and theirs if they have one. I recently got the large bags of pistachios for $2.49 which is about 1/4 the normal price and I routinely get name brand deodorant, shampoo, laundry detergent for similar bargain prices so I stock up as those things will keep for a long time.
CROWSRUNMAMA You are getting some good advice. I often don't have much luck with coupons from magazines, etc. For example, if I can get Cheerieos for 50 cents off, the store brand is still cheaper and we think just as good. I shop at Krogers [which has other names in other areas.] About every six weeks, I get a mailing of in-store coupons based on my buying habits. For example, I use Mrs. Dash seasoning because we are on low sodium diets. This week, I received $1 off coupon for a Mrs. Dash. Now if I can find a coupon from the manufacturer [which is unlikely] - I could get it for a really good price. I also use frozen veggies if I am cooking them anyway. They are lower in sodium and this time of year, they are cheaper. I got a coupon for a free bag of frozen Kroger Veggies. I shop at a second store that is only in Indiana. They have Senior Citizen"s Day today - so if I shop there, I go on Thursday to get an extra discount. People have been cutting back on spending and this store also offers $5 off coupon once a week for an order over $50. It is hard to estimate things that are weighed. If I am under on my estimate, I add a bag of pretzels as the aisle is just behind the cash register. Two weeks ago, I got $15 off of my total order that I would not have gotten at any other store.My final bill was just under $50.
I also suggest cooking ahead and freezing meals, if you have room. There is less food waste if you cook several different meals that have some of the basics in them that are the same.
Also check out our fifth forum: Simple Menus & Cooking; Simply Housekeeping Forum There is a topic titled: When cash is low, what do you buy at the grocery?
Linda - North East Indiana, USA `Goal to build myself up to reach 1,000 fitness minutes per month.
Get the kids involved in saving. My sons loved seeing how much I could save with coupons and the bogo (buy one get one free) items. I would log that money that I saved and put it in an envelope and when it built up I put it in a savings account-of course today they pay literally nothing-but at least it is there for an emergency. Walgreens is a great store to get BOGO items and they honor coupons on both items.
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Coupons are great to use I keep mine in a recipe box and divide them up by the month that they expire. If you have a computer that you are able to use all the time, surf the network to compare prices.
The best store for clothes, sheet and so on is Kohls. If you can sign up for their e-mails and you will receive a 15% off coupon every so often. Also they have great sales and you can use the coupon then. If you get a Kohls credit card they send you a 15% off coupon 3 to 4 times a year. It's a great perk.
Also, for fruit and veggies farms Markets are good or fruit stands. Target does sometimes have good deals but, Walmart is much better.
The best thing to do is when you get the mail with all the ads for the foods store, Look at each one side by side to see who has the best bargains. Also if you have a QFC you can go on line and get coupons for the store. Check your local grocery stores online also.
One thing my Mother taught me was always wait for sales. If there is something you really want wait as it will go on sale and if it is there when you go to buy then it was meant to be, if not , then it was meant for you. This has always saved me. Especially as an impulse buy.
I hope that this has helped. You can check out my secrets also for some great ideas to save money on cleaning products and other things. The link is below.
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I am new to the Group but i am also new to living Frugal My husband and I made 2011 our year to learn to save money and get healthy . I am not good at couponing ,i tend to use them just because i have a coupon . I look for bargains but also I am not out allot at different stores to compare and find the best deals .
We are a family of 6 our kids are ,18,16, 9,& 5 i would love to lear to save money and get money in the bank to have when unexpected expenses come up
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