Stretching Your Spending Dollars -
Everything is getting so expensive. It seems like right when you feel you're getting ahead, the cost of living gets to strangling you again. The only thing to do is get creative at stretching that dollar. There are small things you can do and it all adds up in the end. Here are some ideas that may help.
The supermarket is like a money pit. We all have to eat so it's an expense that is necessary. Try shopping early in the morning during the week. This is when the market managers reduce the price on yesterday's food. Scoop it up and either eat it right away or put it in the freezer. I have gotten everything from dairy to produce to meat products this way. Shopping once a week is better than stopping everyday. You'll spend less if you plan ahead. Speaking of planning ahead, it's a good idea to make a list before you go and stick to that list when you get there. Along with the grocery list, bring your coupons. Not only can you get money-saving coupons from your Sunday newspaper and magazines but there are plenty of places on the internet to find coupons and print them out. Here's a great place to find and print copies online -
I'll put links to some others below. And remember to take advantage of double and triple coupon
days at your local supermarket. Here are some free coupon sites -
CLOTHES SHOPPING -
Shopping for clothes can be an expensive prospect. It's easy to cringe at the price tags. You don't
have to spend a fortune to look good. It's okay to check out your local Goodwill store. They often
have not only fashionable used clothing but new items still bearing tags. Ebay and Amazon.com
offer great deals if you look for free shipping. And you can rejuvenate old faded clothes and
make them new to you by dying them. Learn to mix and match. Another resource for frugal
shopping can be found at yard sales and church bazaars.