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Whatever shopping you have to accomplish, there are many ways to save time and money. This guide contains shopping tips and tricks.
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By 11 found this helpful
September 13, 2013

I have found the best way to move purchases from my vehicle to my house. I have a clean 32 gal trashcan with wheels that I use to transport purchases from the vehicle into the house and nothing falls out in large holes like the wire shopping carts.

If I need to make more than 1 trip or if it's heavy, I can wheel it up the 5 steps and to any room for emptying. Because I don't shop that often, in the meantime I use it for storage for paper goods in my bedroom. With a board on top then a sheet to match my décor, it's a nice bedside table. Before I leave to do my shopping, I will move the board and the contents to the bed so it is already to go when I get home from shopping.

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September 4, 200911 found this helpful

A restaurant supply store is different than a warehouse-type store like Costco. The one I shop at is called Cash and Carry. These allow anyone to purchase without a card. The difference with restaurant supply is that they cater to restaurant owners, which means they will have bulk of vegetables, dairy, baking supplies, cleaning/serving supplies, and some other things. Most of their prices usually beat any other store (like 50 lbs of potatos for $8).

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We dry most of our own food, so buying bulk vegetables (like 2.5 lbs of spinach) is wonderful. I highly recommend searching for one in your area. Buying bulk on what you can store will save you a lot.

By Davidicdancer from Spokane, WA

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By 12 found this helpful
August 18, 2013

At times, I stock up on grocery items and household supplies when I can get them at a bargain price. I also shop end of season sales for clothing. These items sometimes end up getting packed away for a few months until the weather is right for wearing them. Although, I'm not a packrat, there are times when my pantry, closets and cabinets can get rather full. This is when I go on a home shopping spree.

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Instead of heading to the grocery store, I go through the items I have in the freezer and pantry and for a week, maybe two, I prepare meals from the items I have on hand. This is a great way to use up items that are nearing their expiration date. It gives me a chance to work through the items I have purchased in bulk or in large quantities in order to get them at a good price. It also provides an excellent opportunity for creating new recipes. I've invented some dishes that have become some of our favorite meal ideas during my cooking from the pantry adventures.

I designate one month, as often as I feel necessary, to work down my accumulation of household cleaning products, detergent and other items I have extra amounts of. Not having to buy these items as part of my monthly shopping experience gives me an opportunity to put a little extra money aside for unforeseen expenses, or better yet, for fun activities.

There have been many occasions when I have been able to revise, update, or accessorize articles of clothing instead of buying something new. I always look through the items I bought at a seasonal sale to see if they can be modified to meet a current need. Sometimes, all it takes it a little creativity to give something ordinary or outdated a new and trendy appearance.

One other area where I find shopping at home a great money-saving experience involves pet related items. Pet beds and toys can be made from things I no longer use such as old clothing, pillowcases, comforters, socks and numerous other items that would otherwise be thrown away. There are some people foods that are safe to feed dogs. I take advantage of sales on vegetables such as green beans and carrots and use them to help stretch my pet food budget. On the weeks I refrain from grocery shopping, I often pull some vegetables from the pantry to supplement my dogs' dry food.

I love having money left over on the months I shop at home. I also enjoy the opportunity if offers me to stretch my imagination and release my creativity.

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By 2 found this helpful
May 18, 2007

When I get the urge to shop and don't want to spend a lot of money, I go to the dollar store. It's a great way to squelch the urge and I can get a few inexpensive items that I usually need.

By Kim from Franklin Park, IL

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By 7 found this helpful
October 23, 2012

A great way to save money is to research what you are buying first even if it is something simple like a coffee pot. You would be so surprised to see how many deals you can find online. So the next time you go to buy something go online first to see who has the best deal. You never know, you might not even have to leave home because they have great deals online, too.

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By Teresa L S. from Campbellsville, KY

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September 24, 2009

We live in a small town with limited shopping. The nearest bulk shopping is 115 miles away. My friends and I take turns making the round trip and go in on purchases of paper towels and other disposables.

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By 3 found this helpful
October 10, 2008

Maybe not a new idea but I think it 's a money saver. Make 2 shopping lists. First is considered a monthly list, in which items like; paper towels, TP, soap and other household items purchased, and a second weekly list for food items only.

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May 12, 20081 found this helpful

To cut down on buying items you already have, create an inventory list for the bathroom, kitchen and pantry. Create two columns. Column 1 is to list the items you like to have on hand and column 2 is to check off when you run out of an item.

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By 3 found this helpful
August 9, 2012

When I need to buy dish liquid or any cleaner for that matter, I don't just grab any bottle. I will look at all the bottles on the shelf and pick the one that is the fullest. Because if you pay attention there are some bottles that are fuller then others. That's how I get the most for my money.

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October 17, 2008

I have hated going to the grocery store recently. I keep getting depressed with the high prices! I went today after I went for my morning walk at the track. I continued to listen to my music with one earpiece of my iPod in.

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June 15, 20061 found this helpful

At checkout at electronic stores, the clerk will always offer you an additional warranty. The script usually sounds a little like this: "Would like addition buyers protection on this product for only $20.00".

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By 5 found this helpful
August 24, 2011

I always use a list when I shop but sometimes the amount of sales tax would trip me up. I found that if I tally a line for each dollar the item costs. and tally up to the next amount.

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By 1 found this helpful
April 24, 2014

Years ago, I read an article suggesting the "need, love, or want" rule when making purchases. This has worked well for me and I'd like to share my experience.

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By 0 found this helpful
November 24, 2008

I really don't think this is a tip. It's more of a suggestion for all of us to help where we can. I was at Walmart yesterday. I've made it a habit to pick up a shopping cart that's wandering around, and loose in the park lot, to use in the store.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 19, 2006

To help save money when grocery shopping or shopping for multiple items anywhere, use a tally counter to keep track of your spending and don't be surprised when you get to the register. Calculators never work for me because I always end up zeroing by mistake...

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By 3 found this helpful
October 16, 2012

We have a spare fridge in the basement where we keep sodas and the freezer is full. We keep bags from grocery shopping near the spare fridge so we can "shop" for what we need when we are down there.

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By 5 found this helpful
May 21, 2012

The best way to stop spending money is to stay out of the stores or the yard sales or thrift shops. Sometimes we think we are saving money by shopping sales and taking advantage of specials or coupons, but that is true only if you really need something.

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh0 found this helpful
June 26, 2009

This week we're conducting an experiment in our house. Each weekend, we reluctantly run errands that total $200 or more. It's depressing. They're not meaningless, bored shopping trips; they're planned trips for essential items.

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By 2 found this helpful
November 19, 2009

Did you that you can get a bargain at Sam's Club? Sam's doesn't have sales. So to know if you are getting a true bargain look for things ending with .01 cent. For example $10.81. Those are their markdowns.

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May 11, 20050 found this helpful

I purchased a special pen which attaches to a lanyard around my neck. I bring it with me when I go shopping to make sure I (a.) cross everything off my list and therefore do not miss anything, and (b.) never lose my pen.

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By 1 found this helpful
July 9, 2017

I was at Walmart around the kitchen section and passed by the coffee mugs. There were tons of them, and I decided to take a picture so I could go over them in detail later. I had missed the Snoopy one while there, but spotted it in my photo.

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July 15, 2011

Just picked up some little spray bottles of the classic French scent Intimate - from the 99 Cent Store! I looked it up, and it is a brand from a 50's French designer. the price at which I got it was 1/2 off even the net's discount price.

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh0 found this helpful
September 18, 2007

There is a time when things aren't on sale-no matter what the store sign says, what's written on the price tag, or how much the cashier actually charges. When is this? When you pay with your charge card.

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By 2 found this helpful
February 12, 2010

Most coupons are not that great as you get caught up in buying other products or buying more than you need regarding food & then it goes to waste. However, recently we had a local retailer advertise a sale for 3 days, everything in the store 20% off!

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July 20, 20050 found this helpful

I always spend less money if I use cash instead of my debit card or check book. An excellent tip that I have used for years is so easy. When I shop...

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Kelly Ann Butterbaugh0 found this helpful
April 21, 2006

Despite what they say in their advertisements, stores aren't out to save shoppers money. Their business is to make money, and the better they are at doing just that the more profitable the franchise.

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August 18, 20050 found this helpful

If you get a carryout meal, only to get home and it's not exactly what you ordered, by all means, keep your sales receipt. Stop back in and tell the management about your purchase. They'll most likely make it to your liking.

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By 1 found this helpful
October 18, 2017

One of my biggest shopping tips is to always price check items. You might be surprised at the price difference at times.

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July 20, 2010

Here is the MCNEIL site where they help people who have health care products that have been recalled. This site helps me to make sure I don't have recalled products in my home. I am sharing it with you so you can get a coupon or refund for these products.

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August 16, 20060 found this helpful

Watch for False Advertising. Try to look at your receipt when you buy big-ticket items like a flat screen T.V. My husband was alert enough to see that Best Buy advertised a high definition T.V. from Sony with higher pixels or some other technical term but were selling an older version.

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May 11, 20050 found this helpful

Write down which items are in which aisle numbers in your grocery store. Then order your shopping list accordingly and you won't find yourself re-tracing your steps a million times.

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June 16, 20060 found this helpful

Before purchasing something from a store, make sure you know and understand their return policies, and how they apply to what you are buying.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 27, 2006

I use a digital camera when I go to the home-improvement store for help. I just painted a bathroom and took with me a picture of the existing fixtures and floor-tile color.

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April 27, 20050 found this helpful

Just before going grocery shopping, log on and read the latest ThriftyFun tips. You'll be inspired to keep your spending down, so you'll save lots of cash!

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February 23, 20050 found this helpful

One of the best ways to save money on clothing, accessories, and shoes is to avoid purchasing duplicates of what you already have. To do this, simply make it a habit to shop your closets and drawers, and anything you may have placed in storage first.

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October 9, 20040 found this helpful

Start your shopping list down an inch or two on the paper, then fold it over the front of the supermarket trolley and clip with a spring hair grip. Then you can see at a glance what's on your list. By Lizaixi

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December 14, 20000 found this helpful

If you see an item that you may want that has a good sale price, and are not sure if you have some at home, buy it anyway because you can always return it with your sales receipt.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 10, 2017

Do you verify the tags of items you are purchasing? You should! Because, sometimes you can come across an outfit you like but a belt is missing, or the top, bottom. If you do come across anything "missing" in your outfit or quantity of some product, chances are you will get a further discount!

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February 7, 20140 found this helpful

This is a guide about tips for price matching. By shopping with merchants that have a price matching policy you can save time and money.

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October 13, 20110 found this helpful

This guide includes online shopping tipsg. More and more purchases are made on the internet nowadays, allowing for convenient price comparison and delivery and payment options.

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February 22, 2007

Get your husband in on it! Since we have gotten together, my husband has been warming up to thrift stores and the 99 Cent store, etc. And he prowls the bargain tables at Staples and Office Depot.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 5, 2006

Shopping with a Pal. When going shopping anywhere, take a pal. Let them in on what you're looking for, and likewise. . .

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By 0 found this helpful
August 9, 2006

Satisfaction Guaranteed. Most foods and over-the-counter medicines have "satisfaction guaranteed" printed on them. If you don't care of something, take it back to the store or call the toll-free number. . .

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November 6, 20040 found this helpful

When getting ready to go grocery shopping I always need to make sure I have a list. We live 30 miles from Canon City, Co in the mountains and can't run to the store every time I need something.

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July 16, 20040 found this helpful

Always get a raincheck! If the store has run out of an item on special, it is well worth it to go to the service desk and request a raincheck. This will enable you to get the item at the sale price after the sale has ended. Be careful -- some rainchecks have an expiration date.

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July 27, 20050 found this helpful

Tips to consider when you go shopping. Post your ideas.

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December 12, 20000 found this helpful

- Don't Shop Hungry -

# 1 rule! Always eat before you go shopping! You will buy less junk and save lots of money even without coupons.

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December 12, 20000 found this helpful

- Shop Healthy -

To shop for healthy foods try shopping only around the perimeter of the store - - one big square. You'll get fruits and veggies, dairy and meats that way and you will avoid the very costly processed foods

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December 12, 20000 found this helpful

- Grocery Shopping Online -

I've just recently started grocery shopping online. If this convenience is available in your area, give it a try. I've found myself actually spending LESS because I do not impulse buy. It takes me about an hour online to place an order. In 1-2 days, a friendly young man actually CARRIES all my groceries into my kitchen for me! And, I've gained my weekend back, because I used to waste my entire Saturday shopping from store to store.

Debbie

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April 18, 20010 found this helpful

Avoid buying food that is not on your shopping list. People
buy an average of one unplanned item per aisle at the
supermarket.

Marta - Chicago

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