Cent Saving Tips Series

Tuesday's Tip 45: Get Extra Coupons

by Beth Montgomery on January 1, 2009

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Do I run to the store and buy 5 papers when it’s full of good coupons? No, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get a few extras. Look around you at the people you know who don’t necessarily use their coupons, then ask if you can have them. You may be able to snag an extra insert from your co-worker, mother-in-law, or neighbor!

You can also visit stores near you to grab some coupons at a discounted rate right at the end of the day, just before they throw them away.

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Tuesday's Tip 44: Demand Quality

by Beth Montgomery on January 1, 2009

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Ever buy a product, them come home to realize it’s less than perfect? Maybe the Velcro on your diapers just doesn’t work or the bag inside your cereal box is slightly open. Maybe your crackers are more chewy, than crunchy. Whatever the problem, make sure to call the manufacturer and let them know. Often they’ll send you a coupon to get a new one for FREE or check their website for a money-back guarantee to get a full refund.
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Tuesday's Tip 43: Straight to the Source

by Beth Montgomery on January 1, 2009

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Can you think of a product you often can’t find a coupon for? How about bananas? Ask Dole!
When you want a coupon for a product you often buy, call or e-mail the manufacturer. Often by simply praising their products and asking them for coupons, they’ll send you some. Also, join newsletters for manufacturers of products you buy most often! They are filled with exclusive savings, sales, and more!
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Tuesday's Tip 42: Make it Healthier

by Beth Montgomery on January 1, 2009 · 1 comment

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I often hear from many coupon skeptics that you can only get unhealthy foods cheap. I definitely know since I’ve been incorporating coupons and searching out deals, our family is actually eating healthier. However, instead of a tip on being frugal, I thought I’d offer a cooking tip today.
I’m still a hesitant cook at time. I often worry about straying too far from the recipe’s directions. However, I always look for easy ways to make meals healthier. I’ll mix in extra vegetables, add nuts whenever possible, use applesauce instead of oil, etc…
Often when a recipe calls for frying, you can use a bread crumb mixture as a coating and bake it instead. Sometimes, instead of using bread crumbs, crackers, or corn flakes, I throw whole grain Cheerios into my Magic Bullet and grind them into a fine dust to use in place of the bread crumbs. Honey Nut Cheerios taste great on baked chicken nuggets! Baking things like pancakes, waffles, bread, and more at home can also save you money and be healthier than what you’d buy at the store. Snag some recipes HERE.
Even if you aren’t a chef or hate to cook, you can make simple meals healthier. Add nuts, diced strawberries, or sliced bananas to yogurt, cereal and milk, or oatmeal. My husband isn’t a cook and I can pretty much well count on him to make a Betty Crocker Helper meal when I’m not around. I even make those healthier by buying the tuna or chicken ones. Or I often just use tuna or chicken in the hamburger meals, if it’s a meal that takes just as well with the substitution. To make it easier for my husband, I buy the canned white meat chicken breasts, just like a I do the tuna. They often go on sale 10/$10 at Meijer!
What do you substitute or add to make your meals healthier? Leave a comment & share! Plus, if you have a great tip to save money e-mail me or leave a comment. I’ll give you credit.

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Tuesday's Tip 41: Browse the End

by Beth Montgomery on January 1, 2009 · 2 comments

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When shopping, always check the end caps of the aisles. This is often where stores place their best deals. Why? It’s to entice you to actually go down the aisle. Use coupons on top of great prices to lower your out-of-pocket and snag amazing deals!
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Tuesday's Tip 40: Teach Them Young

by Beth Montgomery on January 1, 2009 · 2 comments

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Kids are never too young to start learning to save money. I’ve taught my children since birth the “rules” of shopping to make trips with them less painful. For example, we stick to the shopping list. If it’s not on there, we don’t buy it!
I involve my children in the process from the beginning. My oldest daughter looks forward to running out each Sunday morning to grab the newspaper, then she scours the circulars for items on sale that she knows we most likely have coupons for. Of course, she’s always looking at the cookies and candy. She’s always the first to tell me when Warm Delights are FREE or cheap. Even my 2 year old gets involved by helping wrinkle the coupons and she handles them through out the store, even handing them to the cashier at the end.
No matter what age your children are, get them involved – let them handle the calculator, cross items off the list as you buy them, pick out the perfect peaches, figure out the unit price, find the matching coupons, etc… the options are endless and depend on their age! Plus, it’s a great way to weave in some education lessons while on the go!

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