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Best Reader Savings Tips

Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 10:12 am
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Over on on Facebook fan page, I asked our readers for their best non-coupon savings tips. Wow! Our readers are so smart. I am really impressed and blessed and learned a new thing or two.

I wanted to share the comments here in the blog, in case you haven’t yet become a Freecoupons Facebook fan. We have some fun over there!

Whose tip is your favorite?

Tabatha says: Sometimes buying generic brands even with coupons on non generic brands is cheaper!

Lori says: Look for SALES…BOGO!

Robin says: Plan your meals around what is on sale.

Brandie says: always take time to go to the thrift stores. If you dig you may find some amazing things….

Shannon says: Price matching!

Mandy says: look for sales, markdowns, in store promotions. Two of our stores have certain spots in-store where they place the dented cans/crushed boxes and sell them for half price. Most of the time these are great buys. I also plan my menus out. This saves time and money and takes away the stress of “what to have for dinner.” Simply pull something out from the freezer the night before, making sure to defrost it in the fridge.

Kayla Says: Dollar Tree is one of my favorite finds ever! Everything is $1 and they have some GREAT things in there sometimes 🙂

Lavon says: Word of mouth…. I tell friends about sales and they tell me.

Kathryn says: I buy things after the holiday is over. I just bought several little toys for my son’s birthday party goodie bags for $.25 a piece instead of $2 or $3 each it would have cost if I had waited until closer to his birthday. All because they were packaged in Easter packaging!

Eileen says: Know which store always has a better lower price on your favorite brands. For example Chips Ahoy are $1.99 at my walmart and over $3 at local grocery.

Sabrina says: I make my own laundry detergent. Works well, is super easy to do, and costs under $2 a batch, which lasts my family about 6 weeks. I was paying about $15 for the same amount previously.

 

If anyone else would like to contribute their best non-coupon money saving tip, please join the discussion on the Freecoupons Facebook fan page or leave a comment here, and I’ll add you suggestion to the list! Let’s keep it going.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.