Spend Smarter!

It is all about spending smarter - Why spend money you do not have to??
The Deal Diva appears in the Charlotte Observer on Sunday in the Business/Moneywise section! Thanks to all of you for reading!!
Check out MOM Charlotte - this is a great website and offers lots of great information. http://mom.charlotte.com/
Send me tips by leaving comments on this blog! Or email me at thedealdiva@bellsouth.net I would love to share your great ideas!!
How to Best Use The List :
* The lists are current store specials with recent coupons from Sunday coupon inserts found in the newspaper.
For additional coupons use RedPlum.com, Coupons.com, and SmartSource.com
BOGO deals are generally the best deals out there especially if you have a coupon. Remember you do not have to buy two to get the special price. If you want to buy two make sure you have two coupons to save the most!!
Part of being a savvy shopper is staying organized. Try going through your coupon organizer every few weeks to discard old coupons.
If a coupon says "ANY" and does not specify " does not include trail size" then you can get the smallest size possible and it is perfectly legit to do so. Some of the best coupons say "ANY" and I have gotten tons of trail size products, great items to donate!

Friday, December 19, 2008

How can I really save money using coupons?

Part 1 -
What is Stockpiling?
In simple terms stock piling is when you are able to buy several of one item at severe discounts. To stockpile follow this simple process to be assured you will make the most of your time, space and of course money!
Prepare a space in your house for products. Linen closets are great for toiletries or garages.
Organize- I suggest using plastic bins to organize your items. If you use your garage I suggest buying large Rubbermaid or other durable plastic containers to hold your items so you will not invite unwanted guests.
Collect multiple coupons of the same item that would be an excellent item to stockpile.
Identify items that are good stockpiling items for your family.
Buy as many items as you can when you save at least 80%
Great Items To Stockpile Include:
Body wash
Shaving items
Cleaning products
Paper towels
Toilet paper
Canned goods
Storage bags
Trash bags
Dog food
Peanut Butter
Baking items – cake mixes, frosting