Happy Bargain Hunting

So, I just finished reading a great blog, that I read religiously.  Today she was talking about being a stay-at-home mom during a recession.  She listed many great ways to cut corners, some of which, I use myself.   She asked readers to comment on ways that they cut back, and since it wouldn’t let me comment without a google account, I decided to blog about it instead.

Being a one-income family right now is definately difficult.  I, myself, haven’t worked since we left NC last March!  It has been wonderful to be able to stay home with Tanner.  I hate the thought of someone else getting to be a part of his little world the way I am everyday.  But, for everything there is always a trade-off, it seems.  Our pocketbook seems to be seriously suffering from this.  We have made due now for 9 months.  It has meant, not going out to eat (except when my parents take us!!!), not shopping whenever I feel like it (which is difficult), not getting things because I think we need them, but only because we DO truly need them!  It has meant staying home when everyone else is doing something fun, simply because you don’t have the extra money.  I tell myself at these times, no I don’t have the extra money, but what I do have is far more precious than a night out!  Somedays this works, and somedays (like today, with a whiny, teething 1 year old) not so much. 

I have definately started paying way more attention to the price of things than I ever have before.  We buy generic if possible, shop at Aldi’s or Save-a-Lot and use COUPONS!  I have found several websites/blogs that do nothing but post great deals, everyday.  Some of them have tons of freebies.  Companies that want you to want their stuff, so you sign up for the freebie (opt out of the newsletter) and in a few weeks, your mailbox will be flooded with stuff that you buy from the store everyday.  There are sites that list great deals in the stores, and how and when to get those great deals.  There is so much stuff on the web to help us SAHM’s cut corners.  Here are a few of the sites that I frequent…

http://freebies4mom.blogspot.com/

http://www.5dollardinners.com/

http://www.stlmommy.com/

http://www.bargainist.com/

http://www.classymommy.com/blog.htm

http://www.moneysavingmom.com/

http://bargainshopperlady.com/

And this one is special for Christy

http://www.hotcouponworld.com/forums/freebies-individuals/76337-kids-eat-free-thread.html It lists all the restaraunts that have kids-eat-free.  It breaks it down into days, and who has what!  Nothing tastier than FREE FOOD!!

One last thing, I read yesterday that WalMart’s official policy now is to take ALL COMPETITORS COUPONS, for identical product.  This means that if you have a bunch of store coupons and don’t want to go store to store to buy everything cheaper (including food) GO TO WALMART!  They will match all prices. 

I only wish I had known that on Black Friday, I might have gotten away with going to one store for the doorbuster savings, instead of 4!!!

Happy Bargain Hunting!

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3 Responses to “Happy Bargain Hunting”

  1. Darla Says:

    Good post, Kelli!!! And welcome back to Blogworld! 🙂

  2. Christy Says:

    Awesome!!! Thanks for the feedback, Kelli! I love the challenge of finding new ways to save money–or even better, get stuff for free.

  3. Elissa Says:

    Yay! You posted a new blog. I am so saving these websites for future reference (for when I’m a mom, I mean.)

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