Do you have a budget? If so, how strictly do you follow your budget?
We are half way through the year, which means many of those New Years Resolutions for stricter budgeting are forgotten as we spend our money having fun in the sun.
However, August is almost here, which means it’s time for Back-to-School shopping. Back-to-School shopping is almost as painful on budgets as the holidays are!
Now more than ever, we need to use every resource at our disposal to save money on the things we need most.
I want to reduce my carbon footprint, so rather than purchasing the Sunday paper, I have tried to print my grocery store coupons from online sources. However, until recently my attempts to find reliable websites to print grocery store coupons have ended in frustration when I got lost in the never ending referral game.
I’m sure you’ve been there. You search for printable grocery store coupons, choose one of the first few websites on the list and they make you enter your information before sending you to another website that also requires your information, etc.
Before you know it, you’ve given your information to 5 or 6 websites and still have not gotten any coupons. Then starts the email spamming. SIGH. Each time I get so frustrated I just give up.
Recently, I was introduced to Coupons.com by a fellow blogger. This website does not require that you give them your information before you can print coupons (although this is on option so you can receive more coupons that are applicable to your zip code).
Coupons.com has been a wonderful resource for me. I have saved $30-$50 off my grocery bill each month just by using coupons from this site and doubling them up with the printable coupons on Target’s website.
I have gotten fabulous deals on cereal where I used coupons during extreme sales and gotten boxes for 50 cents to $1 per box!
I have been extremely lucky at Target getting healthy and beauty aid products for a few dollars instead of the $8 – $10 normal price by combining store coupons, manufacturer coupons, and sales. Read more about these techniques in my articles about Extreme Couponing:
Make sure you check out Coupons.com regularly and print coupons for the weekly sale items in your stores. You will find great deals which will help you build your food pantry on a budget!