I am sure most of you have heard about the new show on TLC called Extreme Couponing. The show features everyday people saving thousands of dollars on groceries using coupons combined with store sales. These people have stock piles so huge that it resembles what you find on grocery store shelves. Some of the people featured donate a lot of what they pick up on sale to charity, which is a great thing.
I don't have the skills to do extreme couponing. However, what I have learned from that show is to start paying attention to what is on sale at my local grocery stores and drug stores. There are LOTS of deals to be found, even without using coupons (Gasp!) Just shopping when items you use everyday are on sale, and using the store's bonus card equate to a big savings.
I have made a list of brand name items that I use often that don't spoil (paper products, plastic bags, trash bags, soaps, lotions, laundry detergent, etc.) and when I look at the circulars (online, they are all there now, so no excuse) I notice what's on sale, and when I'm out and about, I stop at whatever store has my items on sale and stock up (within reason). I do not have a huge stockpile room, I don't have room for all of that, so I stock up on a limited basis, and when I'm running low, I start scouring the sale papers again.
I also support my local businesses whenever possible. There is tremendous savings in gas and time by shopping local. I believe in sustaining our local farmers. That is our future.