When it comes to penny-pinching ideas, the number-one excuse is, “I don’t have time for that!” This is most definitely true when you start talking about ways to save money by shopping sales and using coupons. I’ll admit there is time involved in matching coupons to sales to get the best deals. Like you, when I’m shopping I see those wackos skulking up and down the aisles with a 50-pound coupon binder in the front of the cart. I know that they have already been there an hour or more before I arrived and will be there at least that much longer after I leave. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t help but admire the incredible amount of money that they save, but the truth is, I don’t have time for that! Here’s a questions for you. If you could save as much money by putting in less than half the time and effort, would you do it? I’m here to tell you that you can!!! Thankfully for the rest of us, a few of those “wackos” are kind enough to share their discoveries via blogs. That means from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere you can access the internet) you can find the best deals on the things you buy at the stores where you shop. I have two favorites that I have been using for a little over a year. I have learned sooooo much from them and have saved soooooo much money. There tends to be quite a bit of overlap between the two sites, but I think it’s worth it to keep up with both in order to catch more great deals. You can register to receive daily emails from each site. Below you will find an overview of each blog and a few suggestions as to how you can benefit the most.
- The homepage shows a list of recent posts. Click on the title link at the top or “Read More” to see all the details.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the post page to read comments from bloggers and readers. These comments can really help you to avoid pitfalls and make sure that you have all the details for any given deal.
- You can narrow posts down to a particular store by clicking on “Grocery Store Deals” or “Drug Store Deals” in the black header on the homepage.
- On the homepage posts are listed according to date. You will find deal details in each post.
- To read comments, click on the “Comment” link at the lower right corner of each post.
- Find deals for a particular store by clicking “Stores” in the yellow header of the homepage.
How to Get the Most from Your Penny-Pinching Personal Shoppers
- Pick one store and start there. Drug stores are a good choice since the stores are smaller and you are likely to purchase fewer items each week compared to grocery stores. (I started with CVS). Learn the details of its rewards program and its coupon policy. By focusing on only one store, you can ignore ALL THE OTHER deals that are posted each day. Since there are a lot of them, you could easily be overwhelmed.
- To keep track of the deals each week, I email myself a copy of the post link with a description of the deal in the subject line. (Example: $1 Pantene Shampoo at CVS Week of December 28). I move the email from my inbox to a folder in my email marked “Weekly Shopping List/CVS).
- If there is a printable coupon associated with the deal, it is best to print it right away. Otherwise, it may not be available. Both Couponaholic.net and TheKrazyCouponLady.com will provide direct links for printable coupons. For coupons at coupons.com, you should use InboxDollars.com instead. That way you can earn money for each coupon you print and redeem.
- A little restraint goes a long way. Keep in mind that not every good deal is good for you. Don’t buy more than you can use/store before the item expires. Don’t buy things you don’t use (dah!). All the more reason to pick one store and stick to that store only until you get a few couponing skills under your belt. Get to know your penny-pinching personal shoppers. You can never have too many frugal friends!
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