The holidays is always a busy time for any household. As such, tips that will allow you to save time and energy are always very welcome. Here is one that will keep your grocery list halfway done for you. Practice having a running grocery list. As you work around your kitchen, take note of whatever it is that you run out off. Add it to the list as you go along so you do not forget. Remember, the more well-stocked your pantry is, the better you will eat, and the less you will spend. When it is time to shop, bring the list with you and stick with it. Naturally, if an item is not on the list, you do not need it. Also, take whatever coupons you can find like this SAVE $1.00 OFF ANY TWO (2) M&M’S, 3 MUSKETEERS, DOVE, TWIX, MINIS MIX, SNICKERS, MILKY WAY Brands (7.94 oz or larger).
To get more food and spend less cash, first, track your expenses. This will be your baseline in identifying places where you can save and in tracking your spending. It is not hard work to get started. Begin with keeping a list of everything you buy. This is to get an idea of how much you spend each week or each month so you can make a budget and begin to set your savings goals. After that implement strategies like using coupons such as this SAVE $1.00 when you buy 2 (TWO) Ore-Ida Bold and Crispy Frozen Potato Products. Use coupons for all purchases. Utilize the weekly ads too and match the coupons with the sales. Also, at checkout, remember to watch your purchases get scanned. Sometimes items get mislabeled, products don’t ring up properly, or coupons get scanned incorrectly. Notify the cashier for any problems and be sure to check the receipt before leaving.
The debate whether generic brands are cheaper than the name brands will always go on and on. Frankly, there is no hard answer because it falls on a case to case basis. But in general, these are some items that are great to buy generic: food staples, canned produce, and frozen produce. Basics like flour, sugar, cooking oil, and butter will always taste, and work, the same regardless of what the label says. With canned produce, the same applies, except for fancy mixed fruit cocktails. With the frozen produce, the name brands costs twice as much and are lesser in volume. Just buy generic because the same produce are picked at its freshest then packed. The only difference is that these generic ones are cheaper. Now if you want to get some items under name brands, remember to look for coupons to cut costs such as this $1.00 OFF ONE Crest ProHealth Rinse 500ml or larger (excludes trial/travel size).
Couponing becomes more fun if you do it with friends and neighbors. It allows you to share the savings and also get more of what you need in less time. You can start a coupon swap. For instance, if your friend has a baby, you can easily clip the coupons that you find for diapers, infant formula, wet ones, and baby food. In turn, your friend can give you coupons for products that you need like pet food, dry pasta, or shampoo. Here is one for $1.00 OFF ONE Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner (excludes trial/travel size).
Use this coupon to SAVE $1.00 on any TWO (2) Seasonal NESTLÉ Chocolate Bags for the next time you do your groceries. While at the supermarket, remember to sign up for a loyalty or rewards card if you have not done it already. These membership cards are great to earn more savings and rebates. There are more sales and lower prices when you sign up, too. Another thing that you can do to grow savings at the grocery stores is to get a rain check if the grocery store runs out of a sale item.