Some questions I get asked quite a bit are “How can you travel so much?” and “How can you afford it?” I have different replies. It depends on the day. My most famous is “I am frugal”. There are many ways to save money and eventually I hope to touch base on most of them. I am always learning and finding new ways. This post is going to touch base on just a few.
One of my big ways to save money is at the grocery store. I have an app on my phone which has special deals. I also clip coupons and watch the sale ads every week. I really only buy things when they are on sale. If I can pair it up with a coupon, then it is a real a bonus. You can combine manufacturer’s coupons and store coupons together. Some stores will double coupons (I really miss that at my store). When I get a good deal on staple items (shredded cheddar cheese) I buy 2 and freeze one. To some the little savings don’t seem like a big deal, but they all add up.
I always check the deals on gift cards. Every grocery store carries a variety of gift cards. From time to time there are special incentives. This is such a great opportunity to stock up. Last week there was 15% off of Itunes, AMC and a few others. The week before last, you could purchase a $50.00 Cheesecake Factory gift card for $40. Just the few months before Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day you can get a $50 gift card for $35.00. I stock pile these cards and use them when I travel, to buy things I need or as gifts. If I need something I usually can find a gift card for it. I like to buy Groupons and there is a gift card for that too.
Another incentive for buying gift cards at the store I shop at is that the store gives me 5 times the gas rewards! I can save gas rewards up to a $1.00 off per 25 gallons. This is a $25.00 savings. I make sure I use all 25 gallons too. I use my credit card (which I earn reward points on) to buy the cards. In some ways I am getting 3 benefits, buying the cards at a discount, getting a dollar off per gallon of gas and reward points on my credit card (which I use for travel).
What are some ways you save money while shopping? Please let us know by commenting below. Happy savings!
My family is not organized enough to coupon, for whatever reason. The best way for me to save for a trip is to plan many months in advance and pay for it months before it happens. It feels like a free vacation when it comes. I know it isn’t, but it seems like it!
Oh I save months in advance. I will have a new posting soon on different ways I save. But use the gift cards idea. I got $10 off $50 Marriott gift cards. They have airline tickets, restaurants and I think they have Expedia too. Just watch for special offers.
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