Printable Coupons – Where to Find Them

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.

Printable Coupons

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:

Extreme Couponing – Online Coupon Systems Lead to More Free Items Than Ever Before

Extreme Couponing – Use Coupons To Expand Your Food Storage

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!

Happy Printing!!!

Common Ingredient Substitutes

substitute ingredients

Have you ever started a recipe and found that you do not have one of the ingredients needed for your dish?

What do you do? Do you stop and run to the store for that item? Do you knock on a neighbor’s door and borrow the ingredient from them? What happens to the food while you are getting that ingredient?

When I come across this problem, the first thing I do is fire up my computer.

I start reading through articles and recipes looking for alternatives to the ingredient I am missing. Sometimes I improvise, but you never know how it will come out then.

Recently, I was making fudge and realized I only had evaporated milk but needed condensed milk. Instead of running to the store, I searched for a recipe to convert evaporated milk into condensed milk.

Along the way, I found this amazingly useful conversion chart for many of the items we use in our baking and cooking. I hope you find this as helpful as I did.

Common Ingredient Substitutions Article – Allrecipes.com.

How to Save Money on Groceries

save money on foodWith the price of food increasing dramatically, everyone is looking for ways to make those food dollars stretch. Use these tips to get more food for your money.

  • Check Your Circulars. Basing your weekly menu on what is on sale that week will save you a lot of money. To further stretch your grocery budget, combine sales with manufacturer and store coupons. This is called Extreme Couponing and is the best way to build your food storage for pennies on the dollar.
  • Stock Your Pantry. When you find an item your family uses regularly at a price that is significantly less than its normal price, purchase more. Stocking your pantry will save you a ton of money in the long run by never having to pay full price for your staples.
  • Retail and Drug Store Groceries. Retail stores like Target and KMart have grocery departments with items that are often 50 cents to $1 less than at the local grocery store. Drug stores frequently have the staples (eggs, milk, bread) at a reduced price to entice you through their doors. Sales on other items vary, but shopping outside the grocery store can save you money each week.
  • Buy Local and Save. Support your local farmers and butchers and buy from them directly. Not only will you get fresher meat and produce, the food will taste better and frequently it will cost less than buying them from the grocery store.
  • Frequent Buyer Cards. Sign up for a membership card to your local grocery store. This will ensure you get the best prices each week on their store items. Always get one and always keep them with you. They are FREE after all.
  • Coupons. Use coupons wisely. To maximize your food budget, look for coupons for items your family uses regularly and stay away from coupons for items you use infrequently that required you to purchase more than one in order to get the discount. Unless those infrequent items are already on sale at the store, you will frequently save more money buying a competitors item (or generic) on sale than the overall price you pay when using a coupon.

Come back soon for more money saving tips!