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Ways to Save in a Bad Economy

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ways to Save in a Bad Economy

I've always considered myself to be a frugal person. With a struggling economy, you kinda have to be.  Gas prices are on the rise again and the cost of living overall is just ridiculous. The other day I go into the grocery store to pick up a few items, only to later find out that the total is something like 50 bucks. The lady standing in line a ahead of me has a truck load of stuff and pays only around 40 dollars. My mouth drops to the floor in disbelief.  I return home and tell my hubby all about it.  And that's the beginning of what I call "somewhat" extreme couponing, not extactly "extreme" just yet.  We're working on it.

My hubby would kill me if I take all the credit because I have to admit, he does all the heavy lifting.  He searches the web, clips the coupons, and goes to the grocery store.  I just got the ball rolling.  You know I came up with the idea, that must count for something right?  Well anyway, I hope our discovery can motivate you to do the same.  We all need to do what we can to survive this economic mess.  No matter what tax bracket you fall under, everyone can benefit.  

He begins by making a shopping list.  Next he clips out coupons from the Sunday paper, then checks the circular to compare prices.  He says it's best to get an item that's already on sale, that way you get more bang for your buck.  Another important tip, stores like Waldbaums  have tripple coupon days, where they triple the manufactures value.  So if a coupon is one dollar off, you end up saving 3 bucks.  Other stores like Stop & Shop have double your coupon days as well.  That's some of many ways to save.  We also rack up on printable coupons by visiting websites such as

Places like CVS and Walgreens even offer store credit for certain purchases.  Here's another tip: if a store has a product you want, search the store plus type in coupon on the web, and you may get lucky.  For example, you're looking to purchase something from Best Buy.  All you have to do is search "Best Buy Coupon" and wallah, a bunch of sites with potential coupons pop up!  It doesn't always work, but it's worth a try.  You may have to dig a little bit.  

Finding deals can be very time consuming.  But, in the end you may save a pretty penny.  With an infant, we do what we can to get by.  We've manage to save some dough on food and baby essentials.  Maybe you can too.  Happy shopping!

Please feel free to share your coupon saving tips.

Weather Anchor Mama


At May 14, 2011 at 11:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very inspired to begin saving as much as I can. It cost me close to 60 bucks to fill my tank, any way to save is beneficial these days. I will visit the coupon website you recommend. By the way, my hubby finished some long awaited projects today without me nagging him (:


At May 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM , Blogger H. S. said...

This is right up my alley--espeically since I'm al into finance. I usually tend to shop by Unit Price--you'd be surprised how much you can save/maximize a buck that way. I also buy just a small amount when it's not on sale, and load up when the sale DOES come in. The Best Coupon Tip? If a coupon says, "$3.00 off a 32oz or 28oz package," always buy the smaller package. WHY? B/c the $3.00 off will be a larger discount off the total price of the smaller item, leading to a smaller Unit Price (aka greater discount). Lots of great coupon tips out there!! -HSZ-

At May 26, 2011 at 8:21 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

That's a great tip! I never knew that H.S. Thanks!!

At July 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 2 cents: an important aspect to making the most of coupons is staying organized.
I personally find too much paper very overwhelming so I organize my grocery coupons online using this free online app I found on
With´╗┐ plastic binder and box file methods it is difficult if I want to sort quickly by expiration date or change my category´╗┐ or search by brand/store.


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