A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned- A Short Guide to Saving on Stuff You Buy Every Day

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You may want to save money, but it seems like it takes so much time to go through all the coupons and look for the best sales. Even signing up for the discount card at the local grocery store can be a bother of time consumption when you are tired or in a hurry to get home and relax for the first time that day. Let me show you why you might reconsider.

Consider if you spent 6 hours a week budgeting, searching for deals and sales, signing up for the discount cards at the grocery stores and printing good coupons that you would use in your next shopping trip. That is about one hour a day, or an hour and 15 minutes Monday through Friday. With the budget you have made for the week, and the deals, sales and coupons you have found, how much have you saved your family? In 6 hours you can get a lot accomplished, savings wise! It can easily equal $100-$200 depending on what you needed to get for your family that week, especially if you know where to look. We will get to that in a minute.

So you just spent 6 hours saving $100 what does that mean? It means you earned $16.60 an hour searching for ways to save money on the stuff you need that week. Not a bad income for a stay at home mom or dad! This is what is meant by “a penny saved is a penny earned”.

Now that you are excited about saving money, where can you go to begin your 5-10 hours of “work” a week earning money for you family? You can start in the local ads, clipping coupons, by going to the big discount grocery stores, and shopping at consignment shops instead of the mall.

Making a budget for your family is an important tool to help you manage how much you spend on each thing you need without spending extra on stuff you will regret. Also, making a breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack menu for the week or month and determining exactly what items you need from the grocery store is a great way to save money by knowing what you need and not getting extras you don’t need.

There are also many places online that will help you such as savings.com and coupons.com where you can find coupons, sales and deals on almost anything you might need. Another great source is blogs that are dedicated to coupons or saving money, they will do the work of finding sites that will help you save money for your family for you, and all you need to do is reap the benefits.

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