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  • in reply to: i need help with a food budget ! #448520

    If you haven’t already been introduced to extreme couponing, now might be a good time. I generally only buy items when they are on sale and I have a coupon for them. I try to buy enough to tide me over until the next sale.

    You can find a coupon for just about anything if you look hard enough. They are everywhere; coupon printing sites, Company facebook pages, company websites, the newspaper, grocery store flyers, grocery stores themselves, smartphone apps, and grocery store web pages. If you don’t have a printer you can print them out at your local library.

    If I absolutely have to buy something and can’t find a good deal I will buy a store brand item.

    If you are asking for ideas for foods that are cheap and filling I would recommend refried bean wraps, spaghetti or other pasta dishes, cereal, Turkey Chilli, and potatoes. You can make a lot of things with potatoes including baked potatoes, french fries, potato salad, home fries (which is a New England thing), potato soups, and shepherd’s pie.

    Another thing you can do is ask your local grocery store when they mark down their meat and baked goods. Stock up on these items when they are on clearance and freeze them. Lastly buy in bulk.

    A large chicken or turkey can make a lot of meals. I usually get five or six meals out of one bird. The first night we eat the meat with veggies and then I use the left overs to make soups, sandwiches, casseroles, and pot pie.

    in reply to: What are your creative ways of saving money?? #448513

    This question could result in a whole book on saving money. It would probably be easier to ask the question: What do I not do to save money? One of the things I often do is try to split the cost of things with other people.

    For example I split the cost of my bjs membership with my mother. i love to shop there because you can stack regular coupons on top of bj’s coupons and the bulk prices are already generally a better buy than purchasing smaller packages anywhere else. there are also a lot of stores that i love to shop at but which aren’t located close to me.

    for example, i love to shop at target because they offer so many ways to save money, but the closest target store is about 50 miles away. So I make the trip with other frugal shoppers and split the cost of gas.

    in reply to: Coupon questions #448419

    Welcome to couponing ‘Scraper’ ! I thought you might want to know that it’s possible to order coupons online as well. I often do that when I want multiples of a coupon or to get coupons that might not have been made available in my local newspaper.

    I’m not 100% sure but I think you can get back-dated copies of your local newspaper with the coupon inserts at your local newspaper’s office too just in case you don’t get a chance to pick up your Sunday paper.

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