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How to save money on groceries?

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How much money do you spend on groceries a week? How would you like to get tips on a cheaper grocery shopping experience? Here are a couple tips in order to find exactly what you want for cheaper.

It’s easy to save money on groceries. For starters, start reading your supermarket’s weekly ad to see what items are on sale. Look for coupons online and in newspapers, and present them when you’re shopping. Some supermarkets offer “double coupon” deals, in which they double the coupon’s deal for maximum savings. Read the fine print to make sure that you’re getting the deal you intended to get.

Choosing the store for you
It’s important to choose the correct store for the amount of groceries you are about to purchase is important. If you are going to buy in bulk, Costco and Walmart would be your best bets. You get to choose more food for less money, meaning your food will last longer and you won’t have to shop as much. On the other hand, if you want to buy enough for a couple days or a week stores such as Albertson’s ,Smart and Final, Safeway and Trader Joe’s are great, and they also have sales and promotions.

Finding the best deal
Pay attention to the prices of the items you are buying at various stores. Find the most expensive grocery item that is always important to get, and compare prices among the stores. You are bound to save money on this item if you search among other grocery stores.

Hint: when supermarkets say “10 items for $10”, you do not need to buy 10 items unless explicitly stated. That would mean that an individual item is a dollar. However, some deals require you to buy a minimum number of items, so be sure to read closely!

Buy while on sale
Stores always have sales on produce, so even if you have enough of this one grocery item that’s on sale, buy it anyways. You will eventually finish your amount and won’t be able to find this same produce at this sale price. Don’t hesitate and buy the items you need when they go on a significant sale price.

How can I save money when shopping online?

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No matter your background, we all love getting a better deal. Below are a couple of ways to save money online.

Amazon
Amazon is a great place to check prices and get just about anything. Because of its size, it has great logistics and low shipping fees–sometimes none at all. It’s also a marketplace, meaning multiple sellers compete, which leads to better prices overall. Amazon is usually the easiest place to get new items, although used items are available as well. Amazon reviews provide a useful guide for consumers, as both an overall rating and with individual stories in those reviews.

eBay
eBay is the go-to place for used items. It’s an online auction site where you can find everything from baby socks to automobiles. Because there is a marketplace, sellers compete for your purchase, bringing down the price. On the other hand, because there are auctions, buyers compete for the product until it sells for whatever someone is willing to pay. There are some more complex models and variations but that’s pretty much it. It’s a real marketplace. Just make sure to read the description carefully and to check a seller’s ratings before making your bid.

DealOz
DealOz provides a great textbook price comparison engine, comparing major bookseller prices and making previous editions easy to find. They also have links to various coupons and include shipping estimates as well.

Big Stores
Walmart, KMart, and Target have online stores as well, sometimes with very competitive pricing and shipping options.

Retailmenot.com
This website offers discount codes and coupons for just about any website on and off of the net. Users rate the coupon codes, so you can very quickly know if one is worth trying.

Mailing Lists
If you like a specific store–sign up for their newsletter. Most send out special deals and coupons to bring you back in. Some send you birthday presents. There are also websites like Gilt, which offer exclusive deals on high quality items–kind of like a Groupon for nice clothes. On a similar note, Groupon itself now offers deals for specific items.

How do I get a good deal on clothing?

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Clothes barn by net_efekt

Clothing is a basic necessity, but it is important to be frugal, as well as stylish. Trends in the fashion world come and go, so it may be expensive to stay up to date. Fortunately, there are a lot of different ways to be stylish and frugal at the same time.

Sign up for free mailing lists and memberships
Your favorite store most likely has a newsletter, either in email or mail form. Sign up for these mailing lists, since they are free. They will alert you of any upcoming sales and promotions they’re having, and may send you coupons. Some stores have free memberships or frequent buyer cards where if you spend a certain amount of money, you are rewarded with a gift or additional discount. Getting promotional information straight from the store is the best way to stay updated with savings.

Shop during the holiday season
A lot of stores offer sales and promotions closer to holidays, like Christmas and Labor Day. If a store is open on an actual holiday, chances are there is some sort of sale going on. The most popular day for sales is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. This day marks the beginning of the winter holiday season, like Christmas and Hanukkah. Some stores will be open on Friday at midnight, and people will camp out just to redeem the good deals.

Shop online
If you shopping for an item with a specific description, the internet may be your best bet. Stores like Amazon and eBay offer an array of items, arguably at a lower price. Search engines like ShopStyle and Google Shopping can lay out the selection of the item you’re looking for, making it easy to find it at a good price.

If you feel comfortable buy second hand clothing, do so–stores like Goodwill and Buffalo Exchange have trendy and name brand clothing at an affordable price.