I hope you find this post, written by a reader, useful.
We all need to shop for necessities and whether you chose to shop your local brick and mortar stores or you enjoy the convenience of shopping online, each method has its ways in which they can be frugal.
Here are a few tips that you can utilize to cut costs where you can either while shopping online or at your favorite local shops.
Online Steals and Deals
There are number of coupons and deal websites that you can search online for shopping categories and brands that are of interest to you and your family. Most of the sites offer memberships that are 100% free to join and that are tailored specifically to your shopping habits over time. Benefits of membership include special deals, promotions and voucher codes that are not available to non-members and that offer a substantial discount on items that you would be purchasing normally at gasp…full price!
Coupons and Shopping
If you are a fan of shopping in person especially for your weekly groceries, shopping with coupons is one of the best way to save money every time you go to the grocery store. If you are like most of us out there who are looking to be a bit more budget conscious this year, you probably already look through your grocer’s weekly circular to see what is on sale or promotion. You may even be a member of a couponing site as well. If you are, well done! If you combine your online coupons with in store specials and promotions in addition to manufacturer’s coupons you may be able to whittle down your grocery bill anywhere from 30-50% every month.
Extreme couponing is also something that you can research online to see how some people are shopping for groceries and getting everything for free. Yes, you heard right, 100% free. Extreme couponing is not for everyone but if you have the time to dedicate, it can be well worth it.
Many grocery stores now offer home delivery options for online grocery shopping. This is a great solution for the busy mothers and women that find it difficult to get to the store to shop for their weekly or monthly necessities. In addition to online promotions and incentives you will be saving time and money in other ways by choosing to shop online. Delivery fees range on spend level and some companies even offer free delivery.
An additional bonus is that you won’t have to use or pay for gas to get to the market, and you will be able to get your shopping done rather quickly and efficiently. By shopping online according to a list, you're less likely to be tempted to impulse by, as you may while shopping in brick and mortar stores. You can even save your grocery lists online and set up automated weekly deliveries with certain merchants so that you are getting exactly what you need, when you need it and at the same costs every week.
Here’s to a money saving happy and healthy New Year!
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