That’s My Grocery List and I’m Stickin’ To It!
How many times have you returned from the grocery store with more items (that were not on your list) than the items you actually needed? The box of animal crackers you opened to ward off a toddler meltdown, the bottle of wine you spied while walking through the snack aisle that you figured might come in handy after the kids are in bed, the chocolate bar you used as a bribe to keep your kids from running through the aisles like a demolition team? Yep, been there.
Unfortunately, these seemingly innocent additions to your grocery cart can wreak havoc on your food budget over time. Think about it-a dollar here, a dollar there, and before you know it, you’ve added an extra $50 bucks or more to your monthly grocery bill.
If you’re as guilty as I am of giving in to spontaneous indulgences, do not despair. Making a list and checking it twice is not just for Santa; it’s for moms too. Here are some tips to get you started.
• Get Ready. This part appears simple enough, but appearances can be deceiving. Shaving dollars off of your grocery bill takes ninja-like strategy and preparation. Arm yourself with your weekly sales circulars, take inventory of the items you have on hand, and get ready.
• Make a Plan. Peruse your sales ads and circle the items that your family will eat. Be practical. The deeply discounted liverwurst is probably not a good choice for you if you have a picky eater on your hands. Once you’ve identified the best values, match these items with the staples you already have in your pantry and fridge to make a meal plan for the week. For instance, if you have a stockpile of tortillas and cheddar cheese and ground beef is on sale for.99 a lb, then pull out the sombreros (and perhaps the margarita-maker) because it’s taco night! Pairing sale items with the groceries you already have at home can prevent unnecessary purchases and really help you save on the bottom line. There are endless combinations, so be creative, and challenge yourself to use the stuff you have on hand to save big bucks!
• Write it Down. Make an actual list; do not, I repeat, do not rely on your memory. After all, we’re not getting any younger here, and with every ear-piercing scream from your toddler and tear-filled request for juice, your patience is wearing thinner and all you can think about is getting out of the store and back to your safe-haven. Without a list, you’re bound to forget something, and who wants to confront Weekly Grocery Shopping Part II? Not I, my friend.
• Time it Right. Obviously, getting your hubby or a sitter to watch the kids while you run to the store is the ideal scenario. Shopping minus toddlers equals accuracy and efficiency when it comes to sticking to the list. But, if this isn’t an option, there are still some things you can do to keep your resolve. Plan the trip at a time when your child is rested and well-fed. For me, this is that window of opportunity right after breakfast but before nap time. If your child is tired or hungry, he’ll be more likely to beg for things not on the list and whine (or worse) when he doesn’t get them.
Let’s face it. Grocery shopping is a pain, especially with toddlers in tow, but with a little preparation and know-how, it can be a cost-effective– and even pleasant– experience for the whole family!…Read more
Hints For Using Coupons and More Tips For Saving Money on Groceries
Everyone loves to save money. It invariably makes us feel great to get a bargain. It kind of makes us feel like we got away with something. Clipping discount coupons and planning your shopping trip can save you lots of cash. There’s as much work involved in shopping using coupons as you allow it to be.
If you do not have a lot of time but would like to get in on some excellent discounts, shop with coupons. It is possible to shop with coupons in many different ways. You can make out your grocery list based on your family’s needs and wants and look for coupons which you have clipped out of the newspaper and save some cash.
Another way of shopping requires a little extra work, but with better savings. You can read through your local grocery store weekly advertisements and purchase whatever is on sale that you like and that you have coupons for and create your meals from these groceries.
If you wish to get more for your dollar it is possible to buy strictly from the sale items whether you are fond of that food or not. From your coupons you just might find some for these products.
The maximum savings comes from shopping at two or three stores in your town. Look through their weekly store advertisements and go shopping for only the top specials from each retailer. Bring your coupons along with you and use them as well. Using your coupons on sale items brings increased savings to enjoy later on.
Lowering costs will take some carefully considered planning. Usually it is best if you stick to your original grocery list. Any time you go astray off of your list you may still be saving a little, but you are putting your cost savings right back into groceries you may not actually want, which may defeat your purpose. Go shopping attentively and plan ahead!…Read more
Why Grocery Coupons Are Not Just For Mom and Pop Anymore
Grocery Coupons help US shoppers save billions of dollars every year. Me, I just want my bread and milk. Maybe some ice cream on the weekends because that’s how I roll. So why do I have a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach standing in front of the milk display case? It seems milk has gone up something like 5697% in the last year. Global food prices are skyrocketing.
The global economic downturn has food costs exploding. In addition, many jobs are being lost to automation and global outsourcing. Even “safe jobs” like government employment or in the medical field have had no pay increases in years. Today, it is a serious matter to make the most out of what we earn each month. I don’t want to work a second job to feed my family healthy foods.
Grocery coupons are a great way to have more money at the end of the month. There are many sources of grocery store coupons such as newspapers and magazines with the internet as the fastest growing source of printable coupons. For most people finding out how to start couponing is the hardest part. Where do I go? What will I find when I get there? What am I supposed to do when I find what is there?
Using coupons for groceries can overwhelm those who watched their parents clip coupons but never had to as an adult. See my Mom clipped coupons from every lazy Sunday afternoon newspaper that found itself crumpled on the living room carpet next to my Dad’s fuzzy brown recliner. Their labor-of-love the reason I went to college.
After college, I started a decent job and never appreciated the fine art of “clipping coupons”. It is time to adapt, to learn to survive in the digital age. Good thing because newspapers and magazines are quickly being considered a waste of a good tree in the 21st century. Now you can print grocery coupons found online.
There are thousands and thousands of coupons along with a bunch of online coupon sites. Once again, the question becomes, “What do I DO FIRST?” The best FIRST choice is to find a strong grocery coupon system. A system that works. Find out what people who are successful at what you want to do and copy what they are doing. This is true in buying real estate, starting a home business and especially learning how to use grocery shopping coupons. See you at the checkout register.…Read more
Shopping For Clothes Online – Change Your Wardrobe
Everybody needs to change their wardrobe on a regular basis. Your clothes are an important part of your daily lives and you can’t stick to the monotony of using the same ones too often. Our hectic schedules seldom give us time to shop for clothes. Whatever little time we have at our disposal we love to spend with our loved ones. The internet has made things a relatively easy for people all over the world. Why step out of the house when you can order everything to your doorstep. Shopping for clothes online is a great way to find a wide variety of choices in clothes and fabrics the world over.
There are people who love to shop in every nook and corner of their locality for that particular garment they’ve been looking for. After a long search you may eventually find something that fits you but not like the color or vice versa. Some people may find their choice of clothing in a store but find the price tag too high and decide to patiently wait to buy it in a sale. When the time for discounts arrives, you find out that the garment of your dreams is sold out or obsolete. You curse your luck and move on in life. Why go through this struggle when you can find clothes of your choice online. You’ll find online discounts on clothes every day. Whether it’s a gown, jacket, a pair of jeans, tee shirts, trousers, dresses, and a whole lot of other clothing, you can find them all at affordable prices on the net.
You may have come across a situation where, you’ve picked that turquoise colored spaghetti strap dress that speaks volumes about your beautiful figure. The robust mirror in the change room shows you the color of envy on the faces of your girl pals while the guys are busy drooling. With the theme of “Chariots of Fire” playing in your mind and a victorious smile on your face you rush to the cash counter and patiently wait in the queue for your turn to come. The attendant at the cash counter greets you with a warm smile as you hand over your credit card to him. All of a sudden the smile disappears as he apologetically informs you that they don’t accept that particular credit card. The beautiful tune in your head stops and the mirror in your mind crumbles.
Your nostrils flare as you wear a disguised smile while taking a deep breath and assure the attendant that you will be back with cash within a few hours. In turn, the attendant assures that he will keep that turquoise colored dress aside. Your heart beats as you hurriedly rush back to get the cash required for the dress. You finally get back in a few hours with the cash only to learn that the turquoise colored dress was sold to someone during the attendants lunch break. The naive you transforms into a malicious monster as you hurl a symphony of abuses in the presence of an audience. Why go through this kind of a scenario when you can find the same turquoise colored spaghetti strap dress online. It will be delivered right to your door step. Moreover most online sellers accept all types of cards for payment. Most online retailers also make provision for the dress to be returned in case the size doesn’t fit. You can return it in one of the branches in your country or locality, which will help you save on shipping charges. Make it a point to go through the terms and conditions before you buy clothes from an online seller. It is always recommended that you buy from a reputed online retailer as you can be assured that your credit card details and personal information is secure with them. Shopping for clothes online enables you to buy traditional garments or fabrics from all corners of the world, which you wouldn’t find in a retail store in your locality.…Read more
Online Shopping Essentials to Follow
Since more and more people are resorting to online shopping since it constitutes the best way to save gobs of money and time, there is no dearth of shopping portals, which have come on the scene in the context of the UK.
For example, if you are looking for an insurance quote, you can get it in an instant. Be it anything, you can easily enjoy loads of stuff online through online shopping. In fact, this is what makes the online shopping experience richer.
If we take into account the current statistics into account, we find that the industry has grown significantly, especially over the past decade. So, when we hear that it has grown by 50% on yearly basis, we find that more and more people are hooking up to online shopping as a result.
One of the most important parameters to keep in mind is that price checking tool. In fact, it offers you a hassle-free approach to reach a quote pertaining to any of your preferred products. Now that does not mean that you are comfortable enough to strike the deal. In fact, there are certain points, which you must keep in mind.
At the first instance, price comparison sites are excellent as they offer a wide variety of retailers at a single platform. However, as a user you must know the right procedure of striking the best deal.
The other point which must be kept in mind is that as a user you must know that a price comparison site operates on commission basis. So, it is always better to check the prices for the products at other portals as well before taking the final call.…Read more
Grocery Shopping on a Shoestring
We are in difficult times, and a lot of folks are suffering as the unemployment rate soars to record highs and jobs become tougher to find. The people that struggle the most are the ones with families, and this is especially depressing because the children are the ones that most often suffer. Having kids in school, you need school supplies, clothing, shoes, and most importantly groceries to make sure they are getting the energy and support they need to do well. When living on a tight budget, continuing to live and eat healthy is crucial even when you’re trying to be frugal.
This most important thing that you should know about, when it comes to saving money on groceries, is that eating cheaply doesn’t mean that you have to eat cheap food. Almost everyone makes this mistake when they are short on money. All the same, just because you don’t have beaucoups of cash doesn’t mean that you have to spend it on poor quality food that will only provide your family with a lot of empty calories. The main point to saving money on groceries is learning to find the deals on the good food that will keep you healthy.
If you’re health conscious, the types of food you want to buy are fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The real rub though is these types of food are high ticket items. I have found that the best tip to saving money on groceries is to plan your meals in advance and to use multiple ingredients to make more than one meal. This way, you reduce the number of meals you have to make and shorten your time in the kitchen. At the same time, you also limit the number of items you have to buy at the grocery store, while making sure that you can cook a several different meals for the week.
One last piece of advice for those of you who are struggling to save money on groceries is to make a list and a budget. List making will keep you from getting distracted when you go to the store. Without a list, you forget everything you’re there for, and you’ll end up with a cart full of unrelated items. Set a maximum amount of money that you can spend on each trip to the grocery store. There’s nothing wrong with taking a calculator and keeping track of your spending.…Read more
3 Reasons Why Market America And Shop Website Have Changed The Online Shopping Game Forever!
When you sit back and reflect upon just how big the Market America(MA) and shop-dot-com merger was you begin to understand how the online retail landscape is going to be up-in-arms about how unfair of an advantage this presents to Market America for any non-participant in this deal.
JR Ridinger, the founder and CEO of MA, was quoted in the February/March 2011 issue of Powerline Magazine to saying that “We’re on a billion dollar roll and we will not stop until we’ve taken hold of the number one spot in online retailing.” Pretty lofty goal if you ask me, but one person you don’t want to doubt is a person who believes in the unbelievable like JR.
If history is ever a determining factor as to what lies in the future of Shop-dot-com, powered by Market America, this deal is going to be as big the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series in 2004 and as big as JR Ewing being shot in the television show Dallas back in the 1980’s.
In 2010, $165 billion was spent online. Currently, all spending trends are leaning towards MA making history in the next 36 months. Their website was already crowned as the #1 improved website amongst the who’s – who online in 2010 and occupies the #54 spot on the Internet Retailers top 100 pool. For a company without a marketing budget, they’re in elite company on this illustrious pool!
At the outbreak of one-to-one marketing paradigm during the mid- 1990’s, MA led that parade.
They were in the game of bringing people customized products long before anyone of the key players now. Apple, Amazon, NetFlix and many more of the other ‘tools of technology’, relationship based websites can’t hold a candle to Market America’s people power.
Highly influential folks like Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams, Scottie Pippen, Alejandra Sanz, Eva Longoria and Russell Simmons were all sharing in the support for Market America’s newest prized marketing maneuver – acquiring shop-dot-com. There aren’t many that aren’t totally pumped up about the innovative nature of what MA has done this time around!
3 reasons why Market America and Shop-dot-com are changing the face of online retail:
5.7 Million Customers And Growing Will Benefit- Prior to this deal, MA brought 3 million customers to the table and overnight, with this acquisition, this gigantic company doubled their target market and is now positioned to absolutely explode in the “online ocean.” Watch out Amazon because someone is fast closing in on you.
Over 60 Million Products Are Now Directly Marketed From MA’s Website-According to Ken Goldsetin, Former CEO of shop-dot-com, “Somebody needed to show the world what it is like to be on the cutting edge of high-tech and high-touch, and it needs to be us.” This is quite the confident boost for any insider on this deal.
Getting Paid-To-Shop On Anything You Buy- Back in November, 2009, Market America launched its paid-to-shop program. After working out a few kinks and upping their anti in the online and social shopping game, Market America has hit this one out of the park on this one. MA only had access to 35 million products, now it’s 60 million!
Whether it be discount buying, brand buying, social shopping, SEO or SEM, auto-alerts on prices that you’ve indicated you’re willing to pay; the sky is the limit with shop-dot-com, powered by Market America. This is bar-none the most electrifying shopping experience ever created.…Read more