Couponing: Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers, Of Course)

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By Elizabeth Scholes We’ve talked about a lot of different ways to save money on groceries and household items.  But just in case you’re not clear on everything, here are a few “frequently asked questions” that might help. Is any  day better than another day for shopping?  I've noticed most of the really great sales are on Friday and Saturday.  Should I be shopping those days or can I shop … [Read more...]

Homemade Goodness: Cheaper, Better & Not As Time Consuming As You Think!

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by Elizabeth Scholes Well, how is everyone doing with this coupon/savings thing?  Are you shopping more wisely and starting to see your grocery bills drop?  Is it becoming easier?  I sure hope so! This week I wanted to share with you some ways our family saves lots of money and it doesn't involve a single coupon!  It's a little word that has gotten lost in our fast-paced society but one that is … [Read more...]

Warehouse Shopping: Cost Effective or Costly?

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Warehouse shopping, such as at Costco and Sam's, can be a great way to save money but it can also lead to the destruction of a good grocery budget.  It all depends on how you shop there.  First, let's look at the cost and benefits of a membership. A membership to Sam’s costs $40 or $100 per year depending on the type of membership you chose.  The Advantage membership is $40 and allows for 2 … [Read more...]

Drugstore Shopping – Yes, There Are Great Deals!

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by Elizabeth Scholes Shopping at Walgreens or CVS (or other national chain drugstores) is perhaps one of the best kept secrets out there.  I admit, I was skeptical of shopping at drugstores at first because everyone knows they are so much more expensive than Walmart or Target, right?  The key to saving at these stores is all in the timing.  Yes, it's true if you went in and bought something … [Read more...]

Retail Shopping – Ways to Save

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by Elizabeth Scholes Christmas - the birth of the long-expected Christ, time with family, making special memories, and.....shopping!  No matter who you are, chances are you’re going to do some shopping this season.  You can learn to save money each time you do any retail shopping using today’s tips. The key to savings is time.  You have to put in time and effort in order to save, but it's so … [Read more...]

Grocery Gateway – Stockpiling

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By Elizabeth Scholes If you came to my house today, you would find 20+ lbs of various meats, 5 bags of sugar, 6 lbs of butter, numerous canned goods, 5 tubes of toothpaste, and on and on.  No, I am not fearful of the world ending or waiting for a big storm to come.  I am saving hundreds of dollars by stockpiling! So far we have talked about coupons and matching up great deals, but take that … [Read more...]

Grocery Gateway: Developing a Strategy & Making a List

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 by Elizabeth Scholes Have things you need to buy?  Check!  Have coupons and a system for organizing them? Check!  Have a list and shopping strategy?  Let's work on that today! When making a list, you'll want your weekly local store ads, a piece of paper (or phone, or computer, if you're a techie-type person), internet access and your coupons. First, browse through the ads and jot down … [Read more...]