7 Tips to Save Your Family More Than $4,000/Year

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We all like to save money.  What started out as a necessity in our household has become somewhat of a game for me.  How much money can I save during this shopping trip?  How can we save an extra $20 this month?  Can we get by on $25 worth of groceries this week (without going hungry)?  It’s my own personal challenge. 😉

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Define Necessity

I saw this image going around Facebook the entire week of Thanksgiving, and it struck a chord with me.

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I’ve been trying to live by this philosophy for quite a while.  When Hubster was in grad school and I got pregnant with C/lost my job/dropped out of grad school, we ended up living below the federal poverty line for two years.  I became somewhat of a wizard with our finances.  We sold things that we didn’t need.  We started grocery shopping at Aldi or buying only sale items at the bigger grocery stores.  I learned how to coupon, and then how to coupon effectively by matching manufacturer coupons with store sales and incentives.  We cut unnecessary expenses out of our lives.  We bought each other a joint Christmas gift instead of numerous gifts, and we bought them on Black Friday so that we saved the maximum amount of money on them.

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Another Day, Another Dollar

It’s the beginning of a new week, which means that I have my coupons clipped, scouted the best deals, and sorted lists and coupons by store!

Ready, Set, Save!

I’m so glad that I’m able to contribute to our finances with couponing.  Standing at the checkout and watching my total come down with the scanning of each coupon is an awesome high.  It’s like a game to see what I can get for $1 or less each week. :)

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Score FREE Desitin Diaper Cream at Target!

I am *so* excited to share this deal with you!  Right now, there is an unadvertised deal at Target on Desitin Diaper Cream…and an unadvertised sale.

The unadvertised deal is that you will get a $5 Target gift card when you purchase three Desitin Diaper Cream products, through 2/4.  The unadvertised sale is that the purple box of Desitin that says “20% more” is ringing up as $2.48.  You can score three boxes for free when you print three of these coupons and combine them with the sales: $1.00/1 – Desitin Diaper Rash product, Any (excludes 1 oz.) – (smartsource.com) .  You may need to use two computers in order to print three of these, but I was able to do it with one computer.

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Couponing 201: Strategy and Cost Standards

Here is lesson two in my couponing series!  You can find the first one, Couponing 101, here.  Today we’ll go more in-depth about couponing strategy.

I’ve found that it’s best to purchase two newspapers each week.  Be sure to check to see if the coupon inserts are inside before buying your papers!  There are people that steal coupon inserts or sometimes a paper gets missed in the stuffing process, but you don’t want to get home and discover that they’re missing.

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