I love a good deal. In fact, I don’t usually purchase anything unless it’s on sale or at a rock-bottom price. Since my husband and I don’t make a ton of money, I have learned through the years how to stretch a penny, and I get asked all the time, how I do it. So, I’ve decided to share a few practical tips of how to save money when you shop.
Coupons. I am not a crazy couponer, but I do occasionally like to use coupons when I grocery shop.
Since I don’t have much time to spare in order to sit for hours and clip coupons and research all the sales, I follow coupon bloggers who do the hard work for me. A couple of my favorites are My Sweet Savings and I Heart Publix. These bloggers keep me posted on the best deals and what coupons I need to be clipping and using at the time. The savings add up with coupons!
Store Brands. Yes, certain brands of food and household products do seem to be better than others, but many times there will be a store brand almost exactly the same as the name brand. For example, I am a sucker for Dawn© dish detergent. I honestly believe Dawn© suds better, lasts longer, and just disinfects better than the other brands. But I’ve discovered a secret to keep me from forking out the cash for this more expensive brand. The Wal-Mart store brand of dish detergent is almost exactly the same as the Dawn©. And it definitely works better than all the other brands but is far less expensive. There’s nothing better than a great product with a small price tag!
In-store savings. Many stores offer savings if you sign up for their rewards clubs. This could look different depending on which store you go to, but generally speaking, most stores allow you to rack up points each time you shop at the store and earn coupons and other savings just for being a faithful customer. And some take this a step further.
For example, the Target REDcard allows customers to receive 5% off of their total purchase every time they shop at Target! Talk about some cha-ching savings!
Apps. There are tons of apps that allow you to save.
Ibotta is a coupon app that can stack on more savings on top of coupons you’ve already clipped… but these coupons are ones you don’t have to physically clip. Those are my kinds of coupons! The Wal-Mart Savings Catcher is an app that finds savings your local Wal-Mart may have missed and reimburses you. It’s as simple as scanning your receipt with your phone and letting the app do its work. Another savings app that saves a ton is the Target Cartwheel app which allows you to save 5%-50% off specific Target purchases. Between those savings and coupons plus the REDcard, the savings get ridiculously good!
Buy In Bulk. Sometimes it saves to spend. Some local grocery stores drop their meat prices to under $1 per pound if you buy it in bulk. I might not need 10 pounds of chicken right away, but I can split it up and freeze the meat to use for weeks to come. Sam’s Club is also a great place to purchase large amounts of food for a cheaper cost all around.
Shop at the End of Seasons. When it comes to clothes shopping in the mall and department stores, I shop at the end of the seasons. If I need a new coat, I make do through the winter and buy one on sale near springtime.
I also get my kids bathing suits at the end of summer. I just purchase the next size up so that they’ll fit in them the following summer. I’ve even scored $.50 bathing suits this way! If you want to wear nicer looking clothes but don’t want to spend the high cost to do so, hit up those end of the season sales!
Consignment Shops. If you don’t mind wearing second hand items, this is a great way to find name brand clothes for super cheap. Sometimes you have to dig to find great deals, but I have found gold this way!
(The following item pictured was given in exchange for an honest review. As always all opinions are my own!)
Shop online. Can I get an amen?! As a millennial woman with three young children, online shopping from the comfort of my couch and p.j.’s after the kids are in bed is as close to paradise as I’m going to get. It’s even better when I have actual money to spend! My two favorite places to shop online are Amazon and thredUP. When you sign up for Amazon Prime, a whole new world of possibilities open up… free 2-day shipping, free movies and shows, and so much more. You can even sign up to get a month free if you’re not sure you want to commit to a full year of service. And no, I am not being sponsored by Amazon. I just love it! I find the best deals on Amazon and don’t have to waste gas going from store-to-store to find what I need. I also recently discovered thredUP. It’s basically a consignment store online. I found the cutest Sperry rainboots in excellent condition for less than half the original price! And right now they are even offering 50% off for first-time purchases of thredUP shoes! Use code SHOES50 for 50% off!
This shop is a busy mom’s dream come true. We can totally look fashionable in name brand clothes without the cost or the hassle of in-store shopping.
I hope something in this post helped you find a new way to save when you shop. There’s no reason to pay full price for anything when you follow these simple steps!