As summer comes to a close, I’m realizing that I accomplished fewer of my goals than I set out to, but that I’m happy with what I’ve done.
One goal I had for the summer was to teach myself how to shop more intelligently (and frugally!) using coupons, taking advantage of sales, and changing the way I plan meals each week. I am happy to report that I have saved about $60 on groceries so far this month by matching coupons and shopping sales at my local Kroger and H-E-B. (Die-hard Coupon Divas and Extreme Couponing producers would probably laugh at that, but it’s a big step for me!) There are so many great tips and tricks to saving money on groceries and everyday household items, and I’m taking things one step at a time.
For example, this week was my first week consciously matching up online coupons I printed out with sales on particular items at Kroger and H-E-B. And the month of August has also been the first month that I have planned at least half of my family’s meals based on what’s on sale meat-wise each week. I also signed up for a CVS card last week, so that I can start to take advantage of what I understand to be some amazing savings opportunities with their generous Extra Care Bucks program.
I have a long way to go, but I think I’m headed in the right direction with a humble one-step-at-a-time approach.
Here are some Websites that have been helpful to me this summer. Please feel free to leave a comment with any favorite sites or blogs you’ve found that help newbie frugalistas like me learn how to get fantastic deals on everything! 🙂