It’s a little ironic that I’m writing about this considering my deficiency in balancing the spend/save ratio. Knowing this, I’ve turned all the financial duties over to my wife. (Her field is in finances so I thought it may be a good idea.) Miraculously at the end of the month I have a little more money to spend than when I was at the helm. I still can’t figure this out…lol
The other day she frantically calls from upstairs, ” Oh my God! Honey, come here quick!” I morph into super hero mode and dash upstairs to ward off any intruder. In my haste I trip and somehow managed to fall ‘up’ the stairs stubbing my big toe in the process. I yell out, “What, what?!” To keep from screaming in agony.
She’s sitting at her computer eyes stretched wider than they were made to. “Hurry come look at this sale I just found on this website!”
……………………………..Seriously? I was sooo mad, but now I’m already up there so I might as well look at the stupid sale. Ok, the sale was nice but, it still wasn’t nice enough to make the pain in my toe go away. She made me watch a cable show once where this family bought something like $3,000.00 worth of merchandise for $75.00 just using coupons. Great show but couponing’s not really my thing so I just made note that it was possible. Well, after showing me how we’d save more than $800.00 this year using this method alone , I was a little more interested. Now I don’t know how you’re doing in this economy but we’re still trying to save every penny that we can. I buy all of my office supplies online now and $800.00 savings certainly goes a long way.
Here’s how you can recognize your savings as income, take the actual amount that you’ve saved each month and place it into a separate account. At the end of the year you’ll have that extra Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate, money.
Bottom line here is there are many ways to save money, but since we’re mostly impulse buyers we don’t take the time to plan how much we’re going to save before we go out and spend. There’s a commercial that says it best,” 15 minutes can save you a lot of money.” I didn’t realize how this related to suggestibility until my wife suggested it to me… go figure. She explained how extreme shoppers do so by habit, extreme savers follow the same behavior. Hmmm, what insight.
I know this is a little off of my normal subject matter but I thought it was definitely worth passing along. Below I’ve listed a few FREE sites that we’ve found helpful and what they offer.; check them out and leave some that you know of in the comment section. Click on an image below to visit the site.
– MyEcon : This site offers discounts % on travel, great restaurants as well as to all of your favorite department stores including : Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Best Buy and many more. In addition to the coupons they actually give you cash back for shopping online. I put this one first because they have a referral program that also pays you when your friends shop online too. (This is the one she was yelling about.)
– Free Grocery Coupons : As stated in the name, this site gives you a ton of ‘relevant’ free coupons. It also describes techniques and tips on saving tons of money on food, household, and other items. Definitely worth a look!
– Lozo – This company makes couponing a little easier by allowing four searches at once and they email you grocery coupons that match your list!
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