Thursday, March 5, 2009

Grocery Shopping ... Do You BPO?

Everyone asks us how we save so much money. It's easy. We love to save money so we put time and effort into it. Saving money effectively does require some time and effort (more so in the beginning). It also requires using coupons.

Here is the best way to get started. When grocery shopping, remember these letters: B P O

B - Budget
Do you have a budget? If not, create one now. In order to use this tool effectively, you must create a realistic budget and stick to it! Your budget is your guide to spending.

P - Plan
Are you a planner? If not, don't worry, it's easy. By planning, we mean that you need to plan your meals out before you go grocery shopping. Planning ahead and making a list of what you'll be eating during the week will allow you to make a list of things you'll need to prepare your meals, taking into account what you have on hand. Make your list while you are looking at your pantry, cupboard and refrigerator. The best way to save money is to make your menu based on what you have on hand (i.e. if you have alot of spaghetti, make spaghetti one of your dinners for the week). Make your list based on what items you need. NEVER go to the grocery store without a list.

O - Organize
Being organized is important if you will be using coupons. Coupons are a great way to save money when grocery shopping in today's economy. In addition, coupons are so easy to gather. Keeping your coupons organized will allow you to save alot of money and not be overwhelmed when you get alot of coupons. For our family of 4, we each have generally over 200 coupons in our coupon organizer every week. Our coupon organizers are our best friends! There are many methods to keeping yours organized but We LOVE the one from Couponizer! We have recommended this to others who have also fallen in love with it.
Written by Elizabeth

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