Rules for Shopping like a Frugal Mommy
There are really just four simple rules to follow to be a smart shopper:
1. Use a coupon if at all possible
2. Go in prepared, have a list and have your coupons cut and ready to go
3. match your coupon to a sale for the best possible deal, and when you find that best possible deal…stock up!
4. don’t buy things you don’t need (this includes things that you want, have a coupon for, but know you shouldn’t really have…in my case that is fruit roll ups!)
I don’t even know what first made me start wanting to coupon to save money. I can’t recall a defining event like many can. I’ve been a stay at home mom since my son was born (although I do work part time during the school year at a Mother’s Day Out program) and we’ve been doing pretty well as a one income family. By no means swimming in cash, but we had a roof over our heads, food on the table and clothes on our backs. A nice cable package, a playroom fully stocked with toys for the kids. But I knew it was possible to stretch our dollar further, and I knew it was going to require a lot of education on my part.
If you are one of the lucky kids whose parents sat them down and explained how to find a good sale, and what a good price was for chicken…and you actually listened and retained that information I am very envious! I had to learn the hard way. I read all the blogs and forums I could get my hands on. I poured over store ads and probably ticked off a few cashiers along the way (be organized!). It was so worth it though. Because as I like to tell my husband so often…it’s honestly like I’ve almost doubled our income. And you can too.
You want to save money grocery shopping, but you aren’t sure where to start. Here I will help you step by step become the savviest shopper you know!
Start off buying the paper
Find out when the stores in your area send out their new ads