Save Twice A Week
Oct 27, 2017
Have you noticed how busy your life seems lately? Raising the kids, organizing the house, and keeping up with all your social media can really fill up your daily schedule. So where can you find time to think about saving money, clipping coupons, and making a budget? There are creative ways to stay on track with your savings goals, and to make sure that your grocery budget stays in control.
First, let’s create a saving schedule. A time when you regularly think about and actively save money. For my savings, I do this in two ways each week. Once when I initially make my grocery plan and gather my coupon, the second is when I’m in the store. This is when I can see what I plan to purchase, how much money I plan to save, and gather all the necessary tools to make it easy. My Tuesday mornings have become that time for me. I look ahead at what is on sale by viewing the ad online. Then I print coupons, ask for coupons, and gather all the free coupons I can find. Coupons.com is a place I always hit weekly. The offers on the site change each week, and you never know what will reload. I then visit prairiefarms.com, campbellskitchen.com, Pillsbury.com, kelloggsrewards.com and any site that matches to my sale list. I think pick up all my digital offers from MyCountyMarket, and Ibotta. These two apps are loaded on my phone so sometimes, I even multi-task while the printables are running. These apps are becoming very important for sustained long term savings.
Second, I actually make the savings magic happen. Once I’m at the store, it’s time to really get organized. Keep your grocery list with you. As you shop you will not forget that on the back page of the ad, you saw a good coupon match and you need to pick up cooking spray. It’s those once every few months purchases that really make a difference in long term savings. These are also the items you will forget in the store if you do not keep a list. I also keep my coupon wallet very organized. It has a section for “This Week.” This is where I put the coupons I know without a doubt I’m using this week. As I place the item in the cart, I turn it vertical and put it in the front section. Never misplace coupons once you’ve made the decision to purchase.
This two step process will allow you to find little pockets of time for prepare for savings. Being a multi tasker helps, because it seems I’m always running laundry, figuring out dinner, or helping one of my kids with something at the same time. If you consistently plan to save money, then save it while you are in the store you will see $25-$30 each week in sale price, coupon, and app dollars. It’s the long term savings that really makes an impact in your overall savings.
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