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Shop late on the last day of the sale week, when sale items are likely to be in short supply. Buy all remaining packages of what you want, then go to customer service and get a raincheck., so you can buy again when the item is NOT on sale. Also, late in the day, you are more likely to find distressed packages which are - or can be - marked way down. I can get as much as 80-85% OFF by ASKING for it. They'd be throwing the package away within hours!
This is kind of a no-brainer, two-parter of a secret. If you're going to buy something online make sure you price compare. If there are several sites with similar prices check which one has free shipping, as well as using Google to search for coupons all trusted stores. If you don't find any coupons but don't need the item right away try signing up for a store's enewsletter and watch for a sale.
Most of us shop at Sams, Costco, and others to buy in bulk. Sometimes when you look for the expiration date they are hard to find. If you take a white mailing label "Avery" and write the expiration date on the label with a black shape. This will make it quick and easy to find the oldest products in your pantry.
I BELIEVE EVERYTHING NEEDS IT'S OWN PLACE! I TRY TO PUT STUFF WHERE IT BELONGS AFTER I USE. WHEN I NEED IT I CAN FIND IT. NOT THAT I'M PERFECT BUT, I TRY. WHEN I'M COOKING I GET EVERYTHING OUT & PUT IT AWAY AS I USE IT. WHEN COOKING ESPECIALLY LG. MEALS I WASH DISHES AS I GO. MUCH EASIER WHEN WE'RE READY TO EAT. GOD BLESS ALL LUV & HUGS CONNIE
I have a list of every item I ever buy on our computer. From food to loo rolls to sundry items I buy occasionally, listed in groups (fresh fruit and veg, meats, sauces, toiletries,cleaning items, frozen) according to where I'll find the item in the supermarket.
I save money on Christmas by approaching it two ways. I use a Christmas account so that I have money for gifts and decorations, etc in November. I also start looking for sales now and buying the things that I can in advance. I buy and address my Christmas cards in the fall. I buy the Christmas stamps when they arrive in the PO. By making purchases early, it saves time and money later. Now is also time to start the craft projects!