A mother of two dishes on her cash-savvy secrets.
We were all blown away by Tiffany Zezula's post on cutting her grocery bill in half. As parents working to feed our families, we know all too well how those grocery bills add up. So when she shared couponing strategies that actually had her walking out of the store with more money than when she entered, well, our jaws dropped.
Naturally, we had to find out what else the lawyer and mother of two had up her sleeve.
1. Buy clothes off-season. "You can guess more or less what size your kids will be the next season, so I buy all the winter clearance items in the next size up during the spring, including winter coats and boots. I then buy swimsuits, flip-flops, tanks and more at the end of the summer as the fall stuff arrives. And I don’t just buy a couple of items — I buy their whole winter/summer wardrobe at that moment. I shop all the different stores and their sales and stock up on long sleeve T-shirts, leggings and socks so that I don't have to buy anything when the season does change. I pretty much get all my clothes for up to 75 percent off (and that’s before matching a store coupon with it!)."
2. Stock up on nonperishable items when they are on sale. "I always grab two of any of these items — toilet paper, paper towels, pasta sauce, pasta, chips, cereal, canned tomatoes — when I see that they are on sale (and even more if I have a manufacturer's coupon, making it even less expensive). I keep one shelf in my laundry room that serves as my "store." This means that I never buy these items for full price or when a recipe might call for it."
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