Ways to save some money (mostly grocery related)
-www.coupons.com and www.smartsource.com and www.TARGET.com (yes - way down on the bottom where it says "grocery coupons" in the text) are printable coupon websites that you don't have to pay for (besides the ink and paper). Do not photocopy these coupons as that would be fraud, but usually the system lets you print two. You can pair the Target coupons with the manufacturer coupons you get from the first two websites or the inserts in the Sunday paper.
-look in your grocery ad (usually available online at the grocery store website OR delivered in that free weekly "shopper" paper that everyone ignores) and find the best deals (and look on those products' websites for more printable coupons!)
-where I live, the Star Tribune is the best newspaper as far as coupon inserts go, (so check to make sure it has the coupons in it before buying it) and pick one-or two- up!
-a great resource was mentioned tonight: Fare for All. I don't know how extensive this program is but you pay ahead and get to bring home a box of food on pick-up day that is worth MUCH more than you paid. Look into farmers markets and, if needed, a food shelf to make your grocery budget ends meet. Not sure how to cook it? try www.allrecipes.com - you can punch in the ingredient and it will pull up different recipes that use that ingredient.
-with holiday cooking coming up, this might be useful. Cash Wise Foods has a bulk section in the back of their Natural Foods department... so if you never buy rolled oats but need one cup for a recipe or need 1 teaspoon of cloves, this is the place to go! The costs per ounce/pound may cost more than the pre-packaged, but you are only buying what you will use, so therefore, saving money. A lot of it is fresher and organic, to boot! (most herbs/spices in bulk will cost well under .25 for a teaspoon-tablespoon.
-great coupon websites are: www.hotcouponworld.com and www.afullcup.com. I'll admit, they are quite intimidating at first as to where to start, I'll tell you that, but once you have figured out your way around, you can find a coupon database that tells you if there are coupons out there for certain products (and how to get them), store ads with the coupon matchups are posted, and there are forums for printable coupons and freebies you can request from the manufacturer (which usually come with more coupons!)
-Shopping online? I posted my method on the sidebar because I wanted people to reference it easily, and I'm always tweaking my method - so take a look! There is a lot of money to be saved when shopping online!