Improve your BUY ONE GET ONE game

imagesThe best strategy to save more when food shopping is to purchase in bulk when the cost is rock bottom or when you have good coupons like this SAVE $1.00 on any TWO (2) McCormick Gourmet Spice or Herb Bottles. Generally, the more you buy of a product, the lower its per-unit price. This is why you find offers like “two for one,” “buy one, get one free,” and “buy one, get 50% off”. But remember, the trick here is to be mindful of how many you are getting because you don’t want to buy more product than you need or could use before everything expires. For smaller households, what you can do is to share purchases with other family members or neighbors who use the same products. You both save money and share the effort to shop. It does not hurt to have a calculator at the ready in the store as well to calculate and compare unit prices.

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This trick to win big on laundry

images (1)Reduce your laundry detergent costs by using coupons like this 75¢ OFF ONE Gain Laundry Detergent 25 oz or larger liquid or 15 load or larger powder (excludes Fireworks and trial/travel size) every time you shop. Also, during the actual washing, consider using less product. Don’t pour in an entire capful as suggested. Laundry detergent caps have a line about halfway down, which is the amount the manufacturer wants you to use for soiled clothes. But how soiled are your clothes really? See if you can use less and achieve the same result. Some money savers say a couple of Tablespoons per load is enough to get fresh and clean clothes, unless they are really dirty. This is half the recommended amount. Experiment a bit with a couple of loads and see how it works for you. It is truly worth a try. You will soon realize you have been wasting more detergent than necessary and end up needing and buying less.

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Dinner for breakfast, breakfast for dinner

downloadWhat can be better than saving money on breakfast? The first meal of the day and you score a good deal already. When shopping, take the time to find coupons for breakfast items that you enjoy like this SAVE $1.00 off any El Monterey Breakfast or Signature Burritos, Chimichangas, or Quesadilla Multipacks (24oz or larger). It makes sense to grab the ingredients or actual items at a discounted price when you can right? Further, if you have leftovers, repurpose them to get a new meal for nothing. For example, if you still have biscuits lying around, have biscuits and gravy or do potato pancakes if you have leftover mash.

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How to be a kitchen fairy for beginners

download (1)It is all a matter of getting your head together and having a game plan to become the kitchen fairy that you have always wanted to be. Here are some simple tips that will help you. If you enjoy following cookbooks, do not hesitate to write on them and make notes. Maybe the soup needs more tomato or an extra 10 minutes are needed by your chicken in the oven. Take note of these adjustments for more convenience the next time you cook the same recipe. Having an instant-read digital meat thermometer also works wonders. You don’t want to ruin your $25 marbled steak by cutting into it just to see if it is cooked medium-rare right? Additionally, always have coupons at the ready when buying your ingredients like this SAVE $1.50 on Any One (1) Tai Pei Appetizer (16 oz. – 24 oz.). It saves you money every time!

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This makes laundry enjoyable

1Laundry is not really the most exciting thing in the world but it can be enjoyable when you know you are saving a lot of money while doing it. For starters, you can use coupons to cut back on product expenses like this SAVE $5.00 on ONE (1) Persil ProClean Laundry Detergent. Valid only on 100 oz size or larger. Second, you can do better by using your dryer less. Did you know that doing so can save you up to $25 a month? Not only do dryers hog electricity, they are also hard on your clothes. Try using a clothes line or a drying rack as much as possible. If you must use a dryer, don’t use it any longer than necessary. Over-drying clothes quickly weakens the fiber reducing the life of your clothing. Lastly, keep your dryer lint cleaned out so you can save up to 30% of your dryer’s typical electricity usage.

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