…in which I change my shopping habits and create my own bailout. Yeah, GM, I’m looking at you.
Having a sister that looks like me, people assume they know me too. I actually enjoy most of the people who befriend me by default. One of those friendships is the Squeeze A Dollar Lady (SADLady). This woman is the one you hate to be behind in the grocery store because she has a coupon for just about every item in her cart. She has proof of the receipts that are as long as your arm and show where SHE was given money back.
I want to be the SADLady when I grow up.
I now have a chance. The local community church hosted a five Friday series presented by the SADLady on some of her best practices for smart shopping.
The most obvious: clipping coupons and using them.
Some other tips:
Don’t be market loyal (no more Pathmark Loyalty. Whatever will I do without my daily insult from LaShonda ’round the way?)
Shop around (The Giant near the Boy’s school has some excellent Manager’s specials on meat)
Set and stick to a budget’ (DON’T tap MAC just because. Leave your card AT HOME)
Know your prices and products (Know that Know that Yoplait 10 for $6 is a bargain)
So far I’ve seen a savings. On a recent trip to ACME, I saved Twenty dollars using coupons, only going over budget by $4.16 not the usual fity or sixty AND got a twenty cent gas coupon.