January 20, 2009

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    Coupon studying and shopping have continued to be a big part of my consumer life. You can see that this week my coupon and sale savings were $91.91 at the local Giant Eagle—a bill that would have been about $235 was $144. On top of that I earned 30 cents per gallon off my gas for an accumulated savings of 70 cents per gallon. (When the tank is good and low, I will do a major “fill ‘er up!”)

    This shop included items that will feed my family over the next week or two, plus necessities that we will use over the next couple months.

    Some of the blogs that I read are:

    http://www.couponmom.com/
    http://www.moneysavingmom.com/
    http://www.thriftyfloridamama.net/

    These sites tell me what coupons to use when and even where to get things for free. Three things that I’ve learned more recently:
    1—I can usually get shampoo, dish detergent, and toothpaste for free or next-to-nothing.
    2—I should not clip coupons until I am going to use them. Web sites will tell me what issue of the weekend paper coupons to go to for finding a particular gem that matches a particular store sale. The most important thing is to date a circular and put it in a folder.
    3—With the combinations of coupons and sales, I can stock up on higher quality goods than if I just shopped at discount groceries.

    ||||||  lynard

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