Tips and Tricks for Shopping

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I love shopping but I don’t want to go broke doing so. For me, shopping is a stress reviler, hobby, and necessity. Through years and years of shopping and getting awesome deals I have uncovered some tricks and I would love to share with all you frugal shopping lovers.

  • Plan ahead of time- know well before you are are going to run out or replace something to start looking at deals.
  • Make a list and stick to it. I know its hard to resist those impulse buys.
  • Practice looking at preview ads, many online coupon sites offer a 1-2 week preview on major retailers weekly ad such as CVS. believe me, it pays to look ahead and plan.
  • Use ad scanning apps like Flip. You will have access to many ads with the click of a button. Also, you can search for certain items and see all the stores in-store and online that are running a promotion.
  • Ensure you have a tracking put in for all your store and manufacturer coupons. For printed coupons I use this Small Coupon Organizer Portfolio – Keep Calm.
  • Take advantage of online coupon clipping most groceries and pharmacies offer this. This so much easier to manage but beware as sometimes not all coupons apply.
  • Make sure you become familiar with the stores you frequent coupon policies as many will differ on coupon doubling and stacking.
  • Make room on your phone for the cash back and rebate apps. Learn more about them here.
  • If you frequent a store sign up for their rewards program as most stores have them and it always great to be rewarded for your loyalty.
  • Stock up when it makes sense. As an example with hair care, cleaning, and household paper goods its always a good idea to stock up when the deals and coupons and rebates line up. There have been times that after coupons or rebates I have not paid anything out of pocket or even made money as my coupon friends say it ( moneymaker).

 

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Remember practice makes perfect. I learned to allot of this stuff from my own shopping fops.

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