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Derek Allen
Derek Allen
May 21, 2010

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I used to always grocery shop with a list. It helped me remember everything I needed at the grocery store. But I still found myself navigating almost every aisle of the grocery store. Except those 2 or 3 in the middle that are always empty, who uses those? By the time I ended up in the checkout line my cart looked like it belonged to a contestant in a shopping spree. It was chock full of stuff that I didn’t need. If you don’t believe me, open up your fridge and take a look at the inside door. How many different salad dressings do you have? Way more than you could ever possibly need. I was wasting valuable money on unplanned purchases. I finally decided to try something I have been putting off for a while: grocery shopping with a menu.

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shopping

During our first Target Gift Card Giveaway, we asked our readers to share a money saving tip they planned to implement during the new year. We had a very strong response that resulted in a bunch of great ideas from our readers. There were some truly innovative tips as well as some practical ones that are equally as useful. Here is a round-up of all the great tips we received.

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Maria Hinson
Maria Hinson
Jan 11, 2010

coupons

I have been a grocery coupon clipper from the time my little hands were able to hold up a pair of scissors and cut with them.  Every week, my mother would religiously go through the coupon book inserts in the Sunday paper and mark the coupons she wanted me to cut for her.  I would then meticulously cut the marked coupons, one by one, while we talked about our week.  As I got into my teenage years, of course I had better things to do with my time so I stopped coupon clipping with her.

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Lauren Chapman
Lauren Chapman
Dec 17, 2009

Food is an expensive and is essential to our everyday lives. Here are some helpful tips on how to cut down those expenses.

  1. Make lunch and bring it to work! Simple “brown bag” lunches are sandwiches, soups, and salads. You can even bring leftovers from last nights’ dinner. The average person spends anywhere from 5-10 dollars a day on a “fast food” lunch. If you packed your lunch every week day you could save an estimated $1,680 per year!

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