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Do you coupon? I’ve tried…I just don’t ever seem to have the time (or patience) to do it right. I mean I’ll randomly clip a coupon or two here and there if I see one for something I’m already planning on buying, but I don’t take time to go through the paper every week, match up ads to store sales and all of that. I also have a core group of stores I shop at and to qualify to make my short list the store has to be convenient and budget friendly. In case you haven’t noticed, I love finding easy ways to save money and if I can use technology to keep it organized instead of tons of paper coupons that I lose or get buried in my bag, then I’m all for it. Mobile coupons are an awesome new trend that make my life easier and now you can use them at places you can actually afford to shop like Family Dollar Stores® with the new Smart Coupons!
In addition to using the Smart Coupons app to trim a few extra dollars off your weekly grocery bill, here are a few other tips and tricks you can use to keep your budget in check:
- Don’t fill your shopping cart. I have a tendency to go in to the store and think “I only want to make one big trip so I’m getting everything now” and then I end up with stuff that I didn’t really need in an attempt to make sure I have plenty of stuff in the house. So stuff I don’t need and too much of it means things don’t get used, thrown out, and money wasted. No matter how big the cart is (and they make them bigger these days), you don’t have to fill it if you need that much stuff so don’t.
- If you spontaneously put something in your cart, that doesn’t mean it’s wrong – everyone deserves to indulge in a pack of cookies every now and then but if you find yourself hesitant and second guessing the purchase, it’s totally okay to take it back out of the cart.
- Buying in bulk on some things can be a smart move, but that doesn’t mean that buying everything in bulk is. If you’re family is likely not to use or eat it all before it goes bad, bulk isn’t going to make sense, in fact you’ll end up wasting more than you’re saving.
- Visit the website, fill out a brief form and register for Family Dollar® Smart Coupons and save on the items you’re already planning on buying like laundry soap, fabric softener and toothpaste. You can find and clip coupons on the go or you can receive email updates with coupons for the brands you use every day.
Seriously, see how easy it was for me to Save $0.50 on ONE Downy Liquid Fabric Softener/Enhancer 40 load and to save $0.50 on ONE Crest Toothpaste 3oz or more or Liquid Gel? . I also saw a coupon for $2.00 on ONE Swiffer Refill or Wet Jet solution (excludes trial/travel) which would be super handy with the holidays and increased traffic in the house right?! And how about $2.00 on One Tide Pods or Gain Flings Laundry Detergent (excludes Tide Simply and Gain Flings/Tide Pods 5 ct and trial/travel size)? All that and not a single pair of scissors required.
It’s also super easy to visit the site and see what you have clipped and what valuable coupons are available at any given time!
- Endcap displays, they’re eye catching, but they’re not always an amazing deal – just because a product is being promoted doesn’t mean it’s being sold super cheap so be sure to compare you’re prices before filling your cart with a not so amazing deal.
- Just because a sale is 10/$10 doesn’t mean you have to buy all 10 items to get the sale price. Check the fine print, you may be able to just the few that you need and still get them for $1.
What are your best money saving tips? Do you shop at Family Dollar®? Is Smart Coupons something you could use in your life? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!