Friday, July 1, 2011

Where I Save: Blogs (Part 1)

I have quite a few money saving blogs that I visit daily, or almost daily.  I learn what's on sale where, and what coupons to match up with the sales.  They also have tips on how to get started couponing, money saving ideas, and databases of all the coupons out there available to use.

I'll start with my favorite over-all.  Money Saving Mom offers advice on how to save money, make money from home and live well frugally.  You also have access to a coupon database and blog posts directing you to the latest deals and coupons available.  She makes it easy for beginners to get started.  Since there's so much information available on the website, she has a Start Here page that links you to popular articles and series for those learning.  She also shares recipes and menu plans, which I really like since I like to cook. I also really appreciate that she openly shares that she's a Christian, credits the Lord with her success, and even gives advertisement proceeds to a charity she loves.

Southern Savers has been a great resource for me learning the best prices since she only posts the best deals available that week.  She has ad match-ups for popular stores in the South and has acorns next to the items that are stock up prices.  Her Learn to Coupon section explains how sales are cyclical and how to match coupons to the sales to get the best price.

Another similar site that I find very helpful is The Krazy Coupon Lady.  This is the site that I first started using to get into the couponing world.  Like Southern Savers, they have a icon telling you what a good stock up price is.  The yellow icon with 3 cans is a 3-6 month supply and the icon with 6 cans is a 6-12 month supply stock up price. My favorite thing they do is the Extreme Couponing $5 or Less posts where they lay out exactly what to buy with which manufacturer's coupons, store coupons, and register rewards to get the most product for the least amount out of pocket. They also have You Tube videos teaching you how to shop are various stores, how they prefer to organize their coupons, and where they find coupons.

They're all similar, but I've learned different things from each.  They also have a daily email that you can subscribe to, to put all the deals in one spot for you each day.  This can be quite helpful since so many deals are posted, you can easily see what's new.

I have more blogs to share in a future post, so stay tuned!

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