If you are in the habit of making a shopping list before heading out to do your weekly shopping, you know that penny pinching requires a little hard work. As you are out and about, you realize that the actual shopping is a full-fledged workout – bending, lifting, pushing a heavy cart. Breathe in. Breathe out. Unfortunately, I suffer from chronic lower back problems, so I need to take along a little muscle when I am shopping. Enter the most kind and generous husband ever. That’s right, my husband goes shopping with me every week to spare my aching back. Not only does he provide the brawn, but he provides full support for my penny-pinching efforts. Another bonus that I have discovered is he provides a second set of eyes. Because he is the one who is stooping and reaching to get the items off the shelf he has a vantage point that I lack. Twice in a single week’s trip, he discovered packages that resulted in extra savings. In one store he found that a few of the Finish detergent boxes that we were buying had on-package coupons (You’ll have to forgive me if you clicked on this link since the post indicates that I found the product on the shelf. Giving credit where credit is due, it was my dear husband that actually found the extra-savings boxes.) At another store he found Pop Tart boxes that had additional Kellogg’s Family Rewards for free books and music.
If you don’t have a willing hubby helper, that doesn’t mean that you have to shop alone. Train your children to look for items with special coupons and rewards. Treat it like a treasure hunt. Offer prizes (like the 10¢ candy bar you picked up because it was on sale and you had a stellar coupon) for great finds. No kids? Coordinate your shopping trip with a frugal friend. Whatever shape they come in, when it comes to penny pinching, four eyes are better than two!
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Since I never pay full price for cereal, I am always looking to combine sales and coupons. General Mills cereal coupons are readily available. However, Kellogg’s cereal coupons are not so easy to come by. Since I could not find them in all the usual places, I had to resort to a good old-fashioned Google search, which led me to Kellogg’sFamilyRewards.com. Imagine my delight when I found the cereal coupons that I was looking for and they were free to download! But wait! There’s more!! A quick review of the site, which is attractive and easy to navigate, revealed that this is a full-fledged loyalty program with many perks.
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