1. If you
pay your credit card bill off every month, use a cash
back or rewards card to buy your groceries. I use a
card from Amazon that gives me rewards in the form of
gift certificates based on how much I charge each month.
I pay the card off every month so I never incur any
finance charges. I use the gift certificates to make
my own household purchases or use them to buy birthday
and Christmas gifts.
2. Send for
free samples and coupons by visiting major food company
web sites. You can often get free samples for new products,
gift certificates in return for filling out product
surveys, coupons, free sweepstakes entries and many
more promotional offers just by registering on food
company site. Hint: Use a free email address when you
register so your personal email address doesn't get
filled up with advertising emails. Click here for an
article with tips
on using coupons effectively.
up on nonperishable items you normally use when they
are on sale. It's hard to beat the rate of return on
buy one - get one free offers. Stacking up on sales
good is one of the best investments you can make with
your money. For example, If you take $1.00 and invest
it at 6% interest, after one year you would have made
a whopping 6 cents. If you buy a product for a dollar
and get another comparable product for free, that's
like making 100 cents, or a 100% interest on your money,
which is obviously a much better return than a 6% investment.
On one product it doesn't make much difference to your
total food budget, as in this case your difference is
only 94 cents. But if you can save 94 cents on 5 products
in a week by stocking up, that comes out to $4.70 a
week, or $244.40 in a year. Visit this site for more
to save money on your food budget.
4. If you
don't have room to stock up on sale products, take a
good look around your house for any empty space. We
live in a two story house and, at the suggestion of
a contractor, put in a door under our lower staircase
to use the space for storage. Before that, the area
had just been enclosed, empty wasted space with no access
from the rest of the house.
option for getting more space to stockpile sale goods
would be to clear out your unneeded clutter, such as
appliances you no longer use, clothes that haven't fit
in years, books you've already read, toys your kids
have outgrown, etc. You can sell these items at a garage
sale for extra cash, or donate them to be used by someone
who may really need them.