Have you noticed that being thrifty is in? With the economy at its lowest in years, many people are taking measures to cut back on their spending. I have read a number of amazing stories on how real people are saving money! I will be highlighting a number of my favorite posts a little later.
One of the first places that we are trying to save money is the grocery store! I have started the coupon clipping and looking at the sale ads. If you can find an item on sale and you have a coupon, you are in for a great savings! Unfortunately, we do not have any grocery stores that double or triple your coupons. If you live in an area that does, definitely take advantage of this!! One other little hint is to organize your coupons based upon the layout of the store. Many stores have a written format, so it should make your grocery shopping with coupons fairly easy!
Two things I have found that I need to look out for in dealing with coupons are #1 - Can I purchase the store brand at a cheaper price? #2 - Is this a product that our family will use? I'm all about a "good deal", but if it isn't something that we will use, then it isn't a wise purchase. However, if it is a great price, consider purchasing the food and donating it to your nearest food pantry!
Another area of being thrifty is to purchase items, especially clothing, ahead of time. I'm taking baby steps in this area, as it is a new concept for me. If you shop for clothes at the end of the season, you can save a lot of money for the following year! Here is my latest deal! I purchased this Chaps purse for next fall. Can you see the price? If not, it is $3.95!! The purse was 90% off because of an end of the season sale! If I had been thinking, I should have purchased several and used them for future gifts!
I have purchased a number of small kid's toys, at discount prices, and used them for birthday celebrations. Besides saving money, I'm also saving time! There have been too many times that I had to run to the store for a gift. Those "little trips" can really add up!
I'm looking forward to the garage sale season! In our area, the sales should be starting in a few weeks and they will last all summer! I must admit, I need to work on this area of thriftiness. I get impatient when shopping at garage sales. If you aren't into garage sales, check out your local Craig's List or thrift store.
Here are some of my favorite posts on being thrifty! Please leave a comment with your favorite thrift idea or favorite thrift post!
Designing a wardrobe on a frugal budget!