One of my friends recently asked me if I could share some tips with them on how I save money so I decided to share some of those things right here on my blog with everyone.

I love nice things but I hate to pay full price for anything. I don’t care if it’s shoes, groceries, purses,  a book…I love a bargain and I usually find one too. Sometimes you can save money in one area so that you’ll have the extra money to spend on things that you might not be able to get on sale.

Below are a few things you can do to save your cash for other things.

Do you drink Coke products? If so, join the Coke Rewards program. I know you’ve seen the codes on the tops of some of those bottles. Don’t throw them away before entering the codes.  When you accumulate X amount of points, you will be able to redeem those points for different products. I usually redeem mine for magazine subscriptions. I get all of my favorite magazines, such as O, Cosmopolitan and Essence for free because I cash in on those Coke Rewards points.

Do you travel? If so, be sure to sign up for hotels and airline reward programs. The credits/points you get can add up.  You can use those points on future stays or cash them in for gift cards to some of your favorite stores. I have a couple of free hotel nights that I’ve accumulated recently and I plan to cash in on one of them soon. I also used some of my Marriott reward points and downloaded me a CD.

Do you use a credit card to pay for some of your purchases? Some credit card companies have reward type programs. You can accumulate points with each purchase. If you’re going to be using your credit card, you might as well sign up to the reward programs. You can cash in the points for a variety of things. The thing I like is being able to cash them in for gift cards to some of my favorite stores. I only use my credit card for travel or major purchases, but I’ve been able to accumulate enough points to get gift cards that I can use for my holiday shopping this year.

Speaking of shopping…how can you save money on your grocery or basic household shopping?

  1. If you frequent the same grocery store, sign up for their reward card. Doesn’t cost you a thing.
  2. Get a Sunday paper and clip coupons.
  3. Utilize several online sources and print out coupons (example: http://www.grocerycouponnetwork.com)
  4. Stock up on items that you use regularly when you catch them on sales. Most sales papers are now available online.
Betty Crocker is offering coupons on a lot of their products. In order to print out the coupons, just logon to their site. CLICK HERE to go directly to the site. Side note: If you go to grocery stores that “double” or “triple” coupons, you’ll save even more money.
If you have any questions about anything I mentioned here today or need help on finding websites, please leave a comment on this post.

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This is Shelia Goss, the frugal writer, and national best selling author of over fourteen books. For more information, please visit my website www.sheliagoss.com.

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