Sunday Savings: Make a List

Adding to last week's savings tip to use coupons, I want to discuss other ways to make your grocery trips lighter on your wallet.  I think the easiest place to start is by making a list of what you intend to get at the store.  This gives your trip purpose and focuses your energy towards completing the task that is grocery shopping.  Without a list, I wander around aimlessly trying to think of what would be good to eat.  I always end up buying things I already had at home or just didn't need.  This is also good for my weight loss goal because it keeps me from buying sweets. 

As an added bonus, I challenge you to take your grocery list making to the next level.  My wife has mapped out the grocery store and now makes the grocery lists in the order that we walk through the store.  At first I was skeptical, but it has made our trips much more efficient.  No more wandering, no more going back to the complete opposite side of the store because you missed something on your list, just efficient shopping hell bliss.  We get in and out without buying a bunch of crap we don't need

Sunday Savings: Use Coupons

Continuing with the randomness that is this blog, I thought it would be fun to share some tips to save a little cash.  Times are getting tougher, so every bit helps.  I'd like to do this semi-regularly.  I'll try to do one a week until I run out of ideas.  After that, you'll just get them when I think of them.

I think a lot of people don't use coupons because it makes them feel cheap.  I know that was my reasoning for the longest time.  Put your pride aside and look to your local paper.  Ashley and I have started getting the Sunday paper for the coupons.  With the coupons we got this week we saved $4.  I know that might not seem like much, but over a year that comes out to $208.  Getting the Sunday only subscription of our paper costs us about $25 every 3 months

What important here is that you use the coupons to buy stuff that you would normally get.  It doesn't save you any money if you buy crap just because it's on sale.

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