With the state of today’s economy, most of us are trying to save, scrimp and budget our families’ finances. But how can we make the most of what we have? With the price of necessities such as groceries and household goods continuing to rise, how can we save money while shopping for our families?
We all know about the typical money saving tips such as coupon clipping and shopping sales. What many people do not know, however is that there is so much more to coupon shopping than sitting over your Sunday paper cutting coupons for hours. There are now quite a few different websites that offer both printable coupons as well as e-coupons that you can load onto your store shopping card. One great benefit to these online options is that oftentimes, they are “stackable” with store coupons, making the savings that much greater.
Another way that families can save a significant amount of money on their shopping is by doing a portion of their shopping online. There are many online retailers that offer significant discounts for everything from cat food to clothes as well as very reasonable and sometimes free shipping. Another way that you save by shopping online is kind of a hidden benefit, your gas bill will shrink when your groceries get delivered to you. With the price of gas these days, who doesn’t want to fill up a little less?
When looking to save money on food bills, many families would benefit from joining a food share program. For a small monthly fee (usually $20-$50) you family could walk out with hundreds of dollars worth of groceries. Oftentimes, these groceries include delicious locally grown fruits and vegetables. This is a lesser known, but equally great way to cut your monthly expenses.
The bottom line is; there are many ways that families can save on their shopping trips. You just have to want to be creative in your thinking and willing to put time and effort into it. Your wallet will thank you.