Coupon Tip: Stick To Your List!
I am a list maker for everything, but especially shopping lists. It saves time, money and sanity, especially at this time of year when stores are crazy. Lists are a great way to save money too. Often, if you go into a store for a few things, the list grows in your head or you see something else you want or need. When you make a list, you can be thorough and also look to see where your items might be on sale or if there are any coupons to match with what you need. A list also helps you make sure you get everything you need, which saves on multiple trips (+ time and gas!) going back to the store.
The hard part about making a list is sticking to it! I am not talking about getting one extra item that you see a great price on but when you add multiple extra items or impulse buys, it can really add up. Plus you may be missing out on savings if you could find coupons for those items. When you know your prices and keep your coupons organized, you may stumble upon a good deal at the store, in which case it could be beneficial to go off your list but most times your best bet is to plan ahead and stick to it!