How to Shop, Live Well And Save This Year

Yes, you can buy what you need for you, your home, your friends and your family and still have money to spare!
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How to Shop, Live Well And Save This Year

Yes, you can buy what you need for you, your home, your friends and your family and still have money to spare!

-Teri Gault, CEO and founder of

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As CEO of and author of Shop Smart, Save More, I work full time helping people save money at the point of sale. I love fine things, but I refuse to pay full price for anything! 2012 has lots to offer as it will still be a buyer’s market. There’s lots of deals and great offerings in all things.

How to save money grocery shopping

The number one place to focus on saving money in 2012 is on food. Too many people think of food costs as a given. You can eat the same food as always without paying full price! Here’s three simple strategies that could cut your food costs in half (no coupons required):

1. Invest!

Yep! Food purchases should be viewed as an investment. You’re going to buy it anyway. So why buy high? Take a look at everything you have in your pantry and fridge. Let me tell you it all went on sale at one time or another. You should have bought it before you needed it while it was on sale. That one new mindset alone will be life changing for your bank account!

2. Read the expiration dates

I buy three or four packages of tofu when it’s on sale, but not because I’m going to eat four now! I check the date and if it’s good for a few weeks and if it’s on sale, I stock up on what we’ll use in that time period. The same applies to honey, yogurt, peanut butter, pasta, oatmeal, organic cereal, butter, orange juice, and more. Start looking at dates. If it’s on sale, and the date is three weeks out, ask yourself “How much of this do I normally buy in 3 weeks?” Doing anything to the contrary means you’re saying, “I’ll just buy one now, and come back next week and buy another at twice the price.” Huh???? By the way, January is National Oatmeal Month, and the sales are as low as they’ll be all year on oatmeal. Don’t let me catch you buying only one! Check the date, and stock up accordingly, and you won’t pay full price on most of your food from this day forward!

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3. Cut back on eating out without having to cook!

January is National Diet Foods Month. Now’s the time to stock up on lean, low carb, high fiber frozen meals at great savings. For $2 or less and a simple salad, it’s a lot cheaper than $15 out. Find meal replacement shakes at great savings and coupons to go with lots of those sales, making them 67 percent off or better! Stock up for months to come!

How to save on cosmetics and skin care

Save on cosmetics in unlikely places. Skip the department store and check out your drugstore cosmetic deals! Lots of us have learned that Maybelline, L’Oreal, Cover Girl to name a few, are comparable, if not the same as the department store counterparts that cost four times as much! Drugstore brands know they’ve been taking some market share on this due to this economy, and they are stepping it up even more! So I expect through 2012 we’ll see even more great sales, and coupons to go with those drugstore sales!

Stack the beauty deals even further in drugstores. All the big chains, CVS, Walgreens, and RiteAid have rewards at the register. They’re instant rebates that spit out of the register to be used like cash now or later to come back and buy more eye shadow, mascara, facial wash, and anything else you want to buy! And the best part is, buying on sale with coupon and the instant rebates, sometimes you get it all for free or better! Let TheGroceryGame figure out the deal stacking for you! And you’ll want to kiss someone with your new free lip gloss!

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