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Tips for Saving Money Online

With the cost of merchandise like food and personal care items going up due to gasoline prices rising, we must do what we can to save money. We’ve talked about saving money with price matching and coupons, but what if that’s not enough?

Shopping online can sometimes save you even more money due to quantities ordered by the company to accommodate shoppers all over the United States. There are sites like eBay and Amazon that are full of great deals, but there is one that’s even better. offers online shopping at its best! They have housewares, clothing for the entire family, accessories, and so much more. They have a fixed price for everything they offer, but that’s not necessarily the price you will pay for the item you want to purchase. is almost like a game. The more you visit the site and surf the categories the more discounts you’ll receive. Now we all surf the internet window shopping for items we think are cool and things we dream of having so why not do it on a site that has almost everything you could imagine and rewards its members for doing so?

You’ll never be bored window shopping and saving on because they put up new deals every day. The more you visit the more savings you’ll receive, so why not play today?

Tips for Saving Money by Living Frugally

January can be a difficult time of year for some. If you over spent during the Christmas season or you used credit cards to pay for your Christmas gifts, you may find yourself stressed about how you’re going to pay for everything. When this happens, it’s important to find a way to eliminate the stress and pay for the bills as they come in.

The best way to do this is to live frugally for a time. Depending on how much you need to save, you may need to do this for a few months or you may need to adopt the frugal living lifestyle. There are a number of ways to make to do this and a few of them are listed below.

1. Going out to eat is a habit we’ve all become a custom to and it can cost a lot more money than it would if you were to make your meals at home. Depending on where you live and the place you go, you could spend $30 to $60 or more on your meal. When you go to the store to make your purchases you will spend $5 to $15 on a meal depending on what you prepare. That’s a huge savings each time and that savings could go to pay the bills.

2. Another way to save money and live more frugally is to use price matching and couponing. Depending on the store you go to and the coupons you use, you could save as little as $5, but you could save a substantial amount which could total $50 or more each time you go. $50 could buy a tank of gas or pay your electric bill, so the savings with this option could be tremendous. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Setting Frugal Goals for 2012

If you’re struggling to make ends meet or if you want to set a goal to take a vacation in 2012 you may need to consider doing to frugal living in order for it to happen.

Setting frugal goals is a wonderful way to spend less and have more and the New Year is the perfect time to make that happen. There are a number of things you can do to make it happen, but it’s best to start now so you’ll know exactly what to do to make it happen. Here are a few suggestions to help you set the frugal goals for 2012.

I would say the area you’ll see the most savings when it comes to living frugally has to be at the grocery store. An easy way to save at the store is to purchase generic items whenever possible. Now you make find that’s not always possible or you may not like the generic item and if that’s the case you’ll need to purchase name brand, but if you can’t taste the difference, you should do it. For example, we don’t like generic cheese, but we don’t have a problem with generic soup when it’s used in a meal and not a stand alone item.

Another way to save money at the store is to use coupons. Now you must be careful on this because there may be times when you have a coupon for the name brand product, but if the price isn’t lower with the coupon and you don’t mind a generic, you need to go that route. You’ll need to pay close attention to the prices and quantities or you’ll end up spending more than what is necessary. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Couponing Safely

It’s important to be careful when you coupon. The reason is one that you may think is way out in left field until it happens to you or someone you know. Couponing can be addictive in that you’re always in search of the best deal. You must remember that it doesn’t matter if you have a coupon or not, if you don’t need the item, don’t buy it.

It’s as simple as that. There is no point in having clutter in your home and that’s what will happen if you purchase items you don’t need or won’t use. This will happen when you can get an item for a great deal and you have a lot of coupons for that same item. It’s hard to control yourself when this happens but you must do it. Share the coupon and deal with others so they can take advantage of it and you don’t have a ton of that one item in your home taking up space.

While that will be hard to do, you need to in order to control your couponing and stockpiles. There is no point in having 100 toothbrushes or 25 bottles of hot sauce in your home. A good rule to follow with your stockpile depends on your needs and the number of people in your family, but it’s safe to say no more then six months.

Most times an item will be marked down to a really low price and six months later it will come around again. So if you have enough to get you through six months you’ll be good for that item. It’s also important to watch expiration dates. There is NO point in purchasing 20 bottles of something that has a shelf life of 30 or 60 days. Why spend the money on it when it’s sure to expire before you will use it.

Couponing can get out of hand quicker than you can think it will if you’re not careful. Don’t put your family in a hardship just because you’re out to get the best deal no matter what the item is and if you need it or not. The main reason you coupon is to save money not spend so much that you struggle to make ends meet. It’s just not worth it!

Pay attention to what you’re doing and only buy what you need. Don’t waste money on items you won’t use or things you’ll end up throwing away because they expired before you could use them. Stockpile what you need and no more. When you do this you’ll find the grocery bill will be smaller, you won’t have products taking over your home, and you’ll have more money for the things you want.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business. She loves to get the best deal on grocery items for her family. If you’re looking for tips to make the most of your grocery money, click here to purchase her ebook. She’ll show you how to save money when you use coupons & price matching.

Tips for Saving Money Through Couponing

There has been a ton of talk in the past few months regarding saving money. With the economy the way it is and people that are still without work or they’ve had to take a cut in pay to continue to have a job, there is a bigger need then ever to save money.

One of the best and easiest ways to save money is to use coupons when you make your purchases. There are coupons for all sorts of food and health and beauty items along with baby and pet items. You can also get coupons for restaurants and many other places. There are also a number of ways to get those coupons.

The first way to get coupons is to cut them from the Sunday newspaper. Now you can purchase the paper yourself or you can ask for the coupons from people you know like your neighbors or friends and family. The best thing to do is think about the options you have and ask around so you get the coupons you need and want.

Another way is to print coupons online. One of the best places to go online for them is This site gives you a one stop shop when it comes to ways to print them. They have some of the most popular sites like RedPlum and SmartSource. Another way to get coupons online is to go to the specific website for the products you want. For example you could go to Dove or Dole to print coupons if they have them available.

The other option is to purchase coupons. Now there are several ways to go about doing these purchases. You can bid on coupon auctions online at or you can go to Coupon Clippers and purchase the coupons you want. This option is good if you don’t have time to search online and clip them yourself.

One last thing you need to do when you’re trying to save money at the grocery store is to look at the ads from other stores like Albertsons and Safeway. Write down the products you need and include the size and dollar amount. When you go to the store if you find the product you need is cheaper at another store, ask for that price. It’s a good idea to ask in advance if the store will meet the other stores price. It’s also a good idea to either make note of the price the product was or the savings between the current price and the price you got it for with the price match.

When you sit down to decide how much money you saved you need to add up all the coupons and the price match differences. When you add all of those amounts up you’ll find the total amount of money you saved. The amount of money you save will surprise you when you put a little bit of time into each week.

Whether you need to save money so you can continue to be a work at home mom or if you want to go out of town for a family vacation but need help making it happen couponing is definitely something to consider. You’ll find the difference could be amazing.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s the owner of She enjoys working her business, but she loves spending time with her husband and very athletic boys. She’s working hard to save money to help her family with their financial needs. See what they are up to when you click here to visit her mommy blog.

What People Say Feels Good

We were at Walmart last night. I found a number of coupons that would get us some stuff for either free or very low in cost. But, that’s not what this post is all about. While we were there we had a few people behind us watching what we were doing.

We had some things that we had to pay full price for, but then we had a number of things we price matched and that’s what surprised those people behind us. She’s listening to the prices I’m throwing out and then the lady says the total amount of the bill, then my coupons come up and that made it even better.

When it was all said and done the woman stepped up to me and said, you need to come shopping with me because I pay way to much compared to you. I’ll tell you what, that comment right there made me feel awesome. It’s funny, but it’s the little things that mean the most.

I really thought she was going to be frustrated because it takes a little bit of time to do price matching. There are like three extra keystrokes involved in each and every item and that takes time. Some people will hit the quantity button when you have multiple items that are the same and that will save time, but then you have the others that won’t and when you have a lot that can take a lot of time. So this woman telling me I need to come shopping with her made my night. LOL

After last weeks savings I’m not so sure I’ll be able to go over that, but you know what? I sure am going to give it a try. My dream is to spend a very small amount of money but still get a lot of food and other items. That’s a big dream, but I think I can make it happen because each time I do it I learn more and that’s just what I need and want.

So we’ll see how next week goes when we do shopping again. I’m attending a couponing class Tuesday night and I’m hoping I’ll learn even more from this class. The more I can learn the more I can save and that’s exactly what it’s all about. :)

Extreme Couponing to the Rescue

We decided the first part of June that we needed to save money when it came to grocery shopping. This came after we watched a few episodes of Extreme Couponing towards the end of May. LOL

We started with the first pay period in June and it’s been a wonderful month so far. The first trip we did I took my ads and coupons and the savings was good, but the experience wasn’t so good. I almost dropped my coupons several times because my ads kept trying to slide out of the cart. It was after that experience that I decided to make the big purchase which was the 3 ring binder. I’ll tell you I’m sure happy we decided to do that.

The next few trips were small ones as they were from coupons and sale prices that came up. Those savings were pretty big as well. This last trip was very exciting. We budget $250 ever two weeks and this is the first time in many months that we actually met that amount. We purchased $306 worth of merchandise and we paid $245. We saved $61 which is the biggest one yet.

For the month of June we saved over $235. What a great feeling that is to save so much. My goal for July is to save $250 for the month. I know if I stick to couponing I can make it happen. The savings is great because it makes things easier when it comes to the money and we have plenty of food in the house to eat.

Here are pictures of some of the things we purchased in June.

I received the items in this picture for $1.86 today. The collage picture was free, the Manwich was $1.49, and the Reynolds wrap was $0.14 each. That’s a $7.44 savings. WooHoo!!!!

This was from my shopping trip to Kmart today. The total before coupons was $21.36 and after coupons it was $7.65 which is a savings of $13.71 today. WooHoo!!!!

I got a bottle of tums and two rolls of tapes for $3.14. That’s a savings of $4.85.

Here is my recent trip to Target. I paid $2.40 for a bottle of shampoo, a bottle of conditioner, two five packs of Zyrtec, two bottles of deodorant, and a package of air heads. That’s a savings of $13.

Menu Monday: Lots of Bacon to Use

Today is Monday and it’s time to think about the meals for the week. With summer approaching many of you will plan to take time off for vacations and family trips. We’re planning a trip to Las Vegas next month so we’re saving money where we can. This will give us a little extra money to spend while we’re there. So here are the meals we’ll have this week.

Monday – Homemade Pizza
Tuesday – Bacon BBQ Cheeseburgers with homemade fries
Wednesday – Breakfast
Thursday – Meatloaf and mashed potatoes
Friday –Grilled turkey, bacon, and cheese sandwiches
Saturday – BBQ Chicken
Sunday – Ham with potatoes

We had extra bacon left from last time so we have several meals planned so we can use that up. This is a good way to save money and not throw things away. Do you look through your cupboards for things you can use in meals?

5 Tips to Staying Frugal During the Holiday Season

Staying frugal during the holiday season can be a challenge, but it is possible. The first thing you need to do is stick to your goal and keep doing everything possible to stay frugal. Continue to print and gather coupons and remember to only buy what you really need. The temptation will be there to purchase other things, but remember what your ultimate goal is and stick to being frugal.

During the holiday season we all have meals we plan and attend. This can be very costly when you’re not prepared to make the additional purchases. Here are a few things to consider when trying to be frugal with your budget.

• If it’s possible, try to do your meals as a potluck type dinner. This will save you money because you won’t have to purchase everything yourself. When you have help with the meal the money you spend will be a lot less for you.

• When planning a family meal, only include the things you need. Multiple vegetables, potatoes, and casseroles are not necessary and will cause you to spend more money than what’s really needed.

• Purchasing gifts can be costly. Consider making gifts whenever it’s possible. People enjoy a plate full of cookies or a jar of cake mix or hot chocolate. Just remember it’s not the price of the gift, but the thought that counts.

• When you have a party to go to consider doing a white elephant gift to give away. Not only will be cleaning hose when you do this, but you’ll also have a great gift and not spend a dime doing it. Look around to see if you have anything that’s in brand new condition that you don’t use.

• Create a coupon book that contains things you’ll do for the recipient for free. You could include a back rub, a night when you cook dinner or a day where you clean the house by yourself. The recipient will very much appreciate these and you won’t spend any more doing it.

No matter if the economy is bad or you need to save money so you can pay your bills each month, being frugal will help you make this happen. During the holiday season it’s even more important to stay frugal because you have so many different things to purchase. Just remember the reason why you live frugally and you’ll be able to stay in frugal mode. These suggestions will help make it a little easier.

Corrie Petersen is a Work At Home Mom who is married and has two boys. She loves to help others in her business, but more importantly she loves spending time with her husband and sons. Click here to read what she is up to with her family by visiting her mommy blog.

About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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