The other day I was looking at the coupons sitting on my kitchen table and not to mention all the $5 or $10 gift cards the stores are sending through the mail and thought now’s a great time to be a Budget Smart Girl. Seems everyone wants our holiday money and they’re willing to give us bigger incentives than ever before to get us into the stores. Last week one of the local supermarkets had a dollar sale. I stocked up on packages of fish, shrimp…okay the packages weren’t huge but combined they make a great meal. I also stocked the freezer with $1 loaves of bread, $2 blocks of cheese and Pillsbury pie crusts. I’m buying more this week because the packages had $1 coupons on them. This week they’re 2 for $5. Wednesday is double coupon day which means I’ll get two packages (four pie crusts) for $3. At less than a dollar a piece, if I factor in my time and ingredients, I’m not sure I can beat that price.
You know how much I love the Internet for finding the best deals. A few weeks ago I went searching for some essential oils to use in my homemade cleaning products. I found a company called Vitacost www.vitacost.com. They had some of the best prices, the service was fast and best of all I’ve found a wonderful source for healthy snacks. With my order they included a flyer for items like dried organic fruits, nuts, trail mix, all at unbelievable prices. For example, trail mix 12 ounces, regularly $11.50, their price $5.75. With the holidays around the corner I’m always buying fruits and nuts for cooking so I know where I’ll be shopping this year. They offer a free catalog so it’s worth checking out.
This week on Budget Smart Girl…it’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts and while the annual Budget Smart Girl’s Holiday Gift Guide is still a few weeks away, this week I’m focusing on ways to save more money by making homemade gifts.
And this week is your last opportunity to leave a money saving tip in the comment section or if you prefer e-mail the tip to me and it will be featured in the November Budget Smart Girl newsletter. Best tip wins the cereal giveaway.