Buying at the Bottom of the Sales Cycle to Save the Most & More with Our DealPros

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Just recently, I started a cleanse to balance the pH level in my body.  And because of this, my grocery bill has doubled.  My newbie couponing experience has been temporarily put on hold.  Unfortunately, there are no coupons to use for the goods I’m purchasing and the drive out to our local farm which is 50 miles away is becoming costly!

But like you, I still have to stay on budget by learning to adjust and reducing costs elsewhere.  This week, our DealPros have a lot to say about saving money including keeping an eye on the sales cycles, shopping at Aldi, examining your bills for unnecessary costs and more.

Save money by buying at the bottom of the sales cycle

Did you know that those weekly ads that many of us rely on to get the most bang for our buck, is not always advertising the lowest prices for those items?  Many items are at the top of the sales cycle.  Now I feel cheated!  Jennie Sanford of the Bargain Blessings breaks down the fluctuation of prices on her top 10 items during the course of 8 weeks in Tracking several kitchen staples reveals how sales cycles.

Shopping without coupons and still saving at Aldi

If you’re lucky enough to have an Aldi near you, you definitely need to check them out.  Like The Prudent Patron says, it’s a “no-frills” grocery store.  But there are some things you need to know before you walk into an Aldi, so watch her video on How to Shop and Save at Aldi. Reduce, change, eliminate on everyday stuff and have more money in your pocket

Do you complain about the rising prices on food, gas and anything else that may impact your everyday life?  I do.  Instead of complaining, shift your focus and look at the simple everyday expenses that leave your bank account without a second thought. 

Take a more in depth look into your bank fees, interest charges on your credit cards, gym memberships, to keep more money in your pocket.  If you need a jump-start, look at Smart Spending Spot’s Ten ways to find hidden money and it’s something we could all do easily without making big changes.

The art of bartering

There is a lot to be said about the art of bartering.  Times are hard and more than ever, people are getting back into bartering.  Why not?  If you have the skills and the tool sets go for it!  If you don’t have any major trade skills, etc. you can always offer to do simple things like assistant work, house sitting, buying their groceries and pretty much anything you can think of or concoct on your own.  But before you jump in head first, make sure you know your Bartering Basics which Sarah’s Deals has graciously put together.  Like any art form, it does take practice!

Getting your home ready for the winter

I can’t relate to this since I sit here in almost 90 degree weather in the middle of September.  But I do remember growing up in Chicago and having to get our home ready for the very brutal winters.  Those winter heating bills do add up, so I am That Lady offers 6 ways to save when Winterizing your home.

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen

If you’re like me and very health conscious, you want to know what items you need to buy organic and what items you can go conventional so that you can save money.  My biggest mistake was purchasing everything organic when I first learned about organic goods (at 18 years of age).  I quickly realized I could no longer afford those health habits after I started my first year in college.
 
Of course, if I had all the money in the world, I would definitely go that route, but truth be told, I have a budget that I must not go over.  So for a budget consumer like me, my best bet is The 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list that Moms Need to Know has compiled, so that I can still eat for my health and stay within my budget.

Here’s to another week of money saving tips, lists and everything in between.  Please come back next week to see what our DealPros have in store for you!

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  1. ChuckG

    2 years ago

    If you have a limited income you could qualify (depending on the state you live in) to have the government winterize your home for you. Just check out your .gov website and see what the terms are to qualify.

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