Coupons and Stacking
– Most people think of extreme couponing as accumulating. Or using multiple coupons to save. It is this and a little bit more.
I will give you an example. Recently there was a 20 percent off sale at a local department store.
We went to this sale and shopped some clearance items and some Bogo (Buy one get one) deals.
They allowed us to use a 15 percent off coupon for our purchase.
Combine that with the 10 percent that we got off for opening a store card and the 10 dollars per 100 dollars spent.
Oddly it counted toward total before discounts, be sure that it does. Or at least the cashier made a mistake.
Basically, we ended up purchasing 500 dollars worth of clothing for 275 dollars.
We received another 60 dollars in store vouchers for future purchases.
We later went after receiving a 20 percent off coupon as part of the store mailing list advertising.
We bought some shoes for 100 dollars on a buy one get one. Used our 20 percent off making it 80dollars.
Then used our 60 dollar voucher to buy four pairs of shoes for spending 20 dollars out of pocket.
We spent a little under 300 but what did we get? 6 pairs of jeans, 12 shirts long and short sleeve, a jacket and four pairs of shoes.
All outstanding quality and brand name.
(And by we, I mean she. She really did all the work, I’m just swooping in like a corporate America shark and claiming all the glory.)
This works with food coupons as well.
How do you do it?
You read the fine print on advertising and one the company website to figure out how exactly you can combine offers in the best way possible.
You look for the Bogo deals and clearance items.
Often, there are restrictions such as clearance items not being included or something else.
It works the same for food items. Often a store will have a sale as a “loss leader” to get you into the store.
These items are great to stock up on if they are something that you will use.
– You could learn extreme couponing, but more stores are becoming wise to it.
Also, you end up with a bunch of junk that you don’t really use just to make the sale work.
But usually it is free anyway, so you can give it away or sell it.
I won’t get into detail here because there is plenty of information online on how to do it.
However, extreme couponing takes a massive amount of time so be sure that it is worth the time investment to you.
Some grocery stores allow you to use double coupons. As of this writing, these are County Mart, Bi-Lo, Dierbergs, Foodland, Buehler’s Fresh Foods, Bashas, Brookshire Brothers, Acme and Apple Market.
Each has its own section of the Country.
Check first with the store to make sure that their policy hasn’t changed or that it isn’t dependent on a particular day.
Save on Meals.
Meal plan with overlapping ingredients.
– Try to figure out some meals that have ingredients that can be used for different meals.
Often the best are stews or crock pot cooked meals.
This way you can look for bulk purchases of items and know that they won’t go to waste.
It also makes cooking for the week easier.
After an initial time investment of trying to figure out what meals to cook, you end up with a repertoire of meals to choose from.
Making deciding what to cook much more accessible and allowing you to free time up because you can then do the next thing in this article.Batch cooking
If you are using overlapping ingredients to cook and find deals on them, you can also save time.
Time is money after all.
Making a batch of cooking over the weekend allows you more free time to pursue what you want to do during the week.
You can store them in containers and quickly heat them when you get home from work.
Sparing you the time spent standing next to a stove.
You can also learn canning for certain items.
Canning once the exclusive domain of women is now being looked at seriously by many men in the prepper community.
Why? Because it allows you to store your food for several years. This is a serious prep.
– Experiment with generic store brands. Some taste like cat food and some are better than the name brand.
There is a secret in the food manufacturing industry.
It is this. That some “name brand” food items are made by the same manufacturer and packaged under a different brand.
In other words, a food processing factory will use a nearly the identical recipe for an item and then put it in a container with the markings of different manufacturers.
It is perfectly legal and not uncommon.
So that generic item may be processed in the exact same factory, under the exact same conditions and then sold at a lower price.
Learn to cook from scratch
Learning to cook from basic items will save you a considerable amount of money.
Sometimes it takes a lot more time, and sometimes it doesn’t, it just depends on what you are cooking.
Not only does it save you money, but you also guarantee that the items that you are using are fresh and healthy.
There is no question about that chicken pot pie that you have made when you have combined all the ingredients.
But who knows what someone has done or what the conditions were like in the place that made that one that comes out of a box.
Of course, in the beginning, you may end up spoiling a few things and burning others. But at least it is a skill, and you can learn from your mistakes.
Plus, it’s better to learn now when the risk isn’t so high rather than later when it could mean the difference between life and death.
Go less often to the Supermarket
Have a game plan when you go to a supermarket. They invest a lot of money in psychological marketing tactics. They want you to buy stuff.
Having an idea of what you are there for will prevent you from making unnecessary purchases. It will also save you gas and time. And Never shop while hungry.
Side Hustle/ Side Job
– You have to decide if your spare time is more valuable than your goals.
If your goals are more important than watching another show to kill an hour or two, then finding a side hustle or side job may be the way to go.
Investigate different avenues, think of what you know how to do and then try to find companies that can use those skills part-time.
Check with temp agencies or staffing agencies.
Sometimes they have small assignments that are low-level filing or data entry or something else of that nature.
Something that isn’t too stressful or difficult.