There so much involved as far as frugal shopping that it can’t possibly be covered in one article unless that particular article is over 100 pages long. However, there are some easy common sense tips that you can take away with you so that you can get yourself in the frugal mode and save tons of money for yourself and your family.
One of the most obvious frugal shopping tips that many people don’t put into use is to buy only things you need. Often times, people over-stock their shelves and refrigerator with items that they know they will never use. Does it really make sense to buy two bags of potatoes that won’t be used up during the next two months? Does it make sense to buy six dozen eggs because they are simply buy one get one free offers? Of course not. By buying items in bulk that you can’t use you are actually wasting money and going against any money-saving technique you have probably ever practiced or learned.
There’s nothing wrong with the little luxuries in life, but if you really don’t need that $140 coffee maker, should you really buy it? Also, should you really buy paper plates and cups just because it allows you to toss them out after you use them instead of washing dishes? The truth is, by using real dishes and real cups, you will save a lot more money every year than if you purchase the disposable items.
The next time you think about buying an item over $20, take one step back and ask yourself if you really need that product. If you buy things on impulse you’re sabotaging all your efforts to save money.
You can’t round out your frugal shopping ways without using weekly ads. Start by opening up the Sunday paper and looking through the ads. Save the weekly ads throughout the week because you never know; sometimes during that week you may need to buy something unexpected and if you save your weekly flyer you’ll have it at your fingertips and you will make a wise purchase decision. Combine those with coupons if you want to and you can come out way ahead of the savings game.
If you’re shopping online don’t hesitate to access the online coupon codes from many different websites for specific products. For example, if you want to shop at Target online, there’s no reason why you can’t go to a website such as retailmenot.com and grab an online coupon code for your purchase. There really is no reason to pay full price when you’re shopping online these days so take advantage of this luxury.