Save Me Some Moola! Money Saving Tips

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ok, as promised, here are some tips and resources to help save money on groceries. Grocerysavingtips.com has some great advice, printable coupons and recipes for stretching your budget. I like that the site is categorized by grocery shopping aisles for easy reference and they offer a newsletter if you'd like to have monthly tips emailed to you. The author also offers budgeting ideas and more frugal living resources on her sister site, betterbudgeting.com. Another site with a slew of great tips is save-money-on-groceries.com. Lots of common sense advice here like don't shop when you're hungry. But, some other tips I hadn't thought of as well. An easy read and worth the time. Here's an interesting article, by Alanna Kellogg with loads of down to earth advice. And if you are willing to make a few lifestyle changes, you may not need those coupons after all! And this article shows how one family thrives on just $20 a week by using coupons. Other ways I save money are through earning points for gift cards and freebies. I am a member of mypoints which gives points to members for reading emails and for purchases through their site. I only occasionally purchase items online that I would be buying anyway and that are cheaper than in store (ie pet meds). I earn enough points for 3-4 gift cards per year worth $25 -$50. These come in handy for gifts or extras. I often use my points for Barnes and Noble gift cards which I use to purchase books for my kids online through mypoints so that my points are earning more points (10 per dollar for B&N, so my $25 free gift card earns me another 250 points). Used wisely they add up quickly. It's worth the few minutes a day to open emails (usually 4-5 a day). I also am a member of e-rewards which "pays" members for online surveys. When I first signed up I was unimpressed with the reward selection (mostly airline points and magazines, which I don't use) but after a few months I realized that by completing just 3-4 surveys, I could accumulate enough reward money for 6 free Blockbuster movie rentals. I am on my 3rd set of free rentals in less than a year. The reward comes in the form of printable coupons, one per month for 6 months. Plus, when I use my Blockbuster rewards card to rent movies I also earn free rentals through Blockbuster's program, by renting my free e-rewards movies. So, I rarely pay for movie rentals. (I also collect Pampers points on diapers and have gotten 2 free Blockbuster gift cards for 2 movies, 2 coke products and a bucket of popcorn.) Needless to say, we watch a lot more movies than we used to, and for free! Other sites that pay well include ebates.com and surveysavvy.com. If you'd like to sign up for any of these sites, email me (melissabrich@gmail.com) and I'll send you a referral link. I have a printable coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase at Target as well, if you want that.
That's all I have for now. I hope this helps you fatten your wallet and enjoy some cheap eats and entertainment. I'll keep searching out great deals and keep posting them here so stay tuned. Please, post your great finds in comments!
And, if you missed my first post on grocery saving tips click here.
Marshall said...

Here's another site you can add to the list. You can use it to find deals from Entertainment.com, Restaurant.com and Passport Unlimited. Just type in a search term (e.g. Sushi) and a location (e.g. Seattle) and check out the results.

http://www.metroseeq.com

Aged to perfection said...

Great ideas - thanks!

Anonymous said...

Wow, great tips. Thanks!
Try this site too:
www.esmarts.com/groceries/index.html

Aged to perfection said...

Here is another one: http://www.rather-be-shopping.com/all-stores.htm

susan said...

Wow,this is great!
Try www.savingswatch.com also, it gives a much higher cashback! I used them faithfully years ago, when I had less money but more time to find the best deals.

Happy Shopping

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