In these tough economic times, most people need to pinch pennies whenever possible. This can often be hard to do, since the price of just about everything has gone through the roof. However, there are things you can do that will make your dollar go further when purchasing normal, everyday necessities. Although these things may take some effort, the money you save will be well worth it.
Pay Close Attention to Store Ads
If you make it a point to pay attention to weekly store ads, you will always know when the items you need are on sale. Although your necessities may be on sale at various stores, you can make a quick stop at each store in order to stock up. Stocking up on necessities when they go on sale will help you spend less money in the long run. Not only will you be getting the items you use every day on sale, but you will be making fewer trips to the store as well. By paying close attention to store ads, you will also be informed of any special deals that are going on, such as “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” promotions. If you find that any of your household’s necessities are included in such promotions, take full advantage of them.
In addition to store ads, you should also pay attention to the coupons that come in your local Sunday paper. There are often many coupons for everyday items, such as paper towels and laundry detergent. Be sure to clip any coupons that will benefit you. Even if you think a coupon is not worth it because it will only save you 25 cents, clip it. Coupon savings can really add up, especially if you find a store that doubles coupons. Some stores even offer triple coupons on certain days. Take the time to research the stores in your area to see which ones multiply coupons. Also, try to match the items you have coupons for to items that are on sale, that way you will be spending even less.
Purchase Store Brands
Many people think that store brands, otherwise known as generics, are not as good as their name brand counterparts. The truth is the quality of store brand products is often equal to or higher than name brand items. Most of the time, the only differences are the packaging and price. Some store brand food items may taste different than what your family is used to. In that case, buy the brands you know and love. The real savings come from store brand items such as over-the-counter medicines, which are identical to name brands. Also, store brand necessities such as flour and sugar cost much less than name brands.
Buy in Bulk
Many household necessities can be purchased in bulk, which can help you spend much less on them. Warehouse-type stores such as Sam’s Club and Costco offer tons of products in larger sizes or higher quantities. Additionally, the majority of these items are more reasonably priced than they are in a regular, non-warehouse setting, making them a much better value. Be sure to purchase only the items you know your family will use regularly, otherwise the items may go to waste.
Items like cereal, laundry detergent, shampoo and conditioner, and toilet paper are all excellent items to purchase in bulk since your household probably uses them on a daily basis.
These are all great ways to spend less on necessities. Once you see how easy it can be to save money on the items you use regularly, you will be so glad you took the time to check out these helpful, money-saving tips.
Guest post from Adam. Adam shares many coupons, including a Macys coupon code, through FrugalDad.com.
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