I do what I can but it's not easy in Canada. Stores don't double coupons and there aren't a lot of them for basic needs like food. I mostly look around for sales when I can but things go so quick I can't always count on it.
I use coupons at Michaels when I go for polymer clay and buy a LOT at Ebay when there is a packaged "lot" instead of something at only one price unless it is so cheap and no one has bid on it yet. I set a rule as to a most I would pay and pay that if worst comes to worst. If I stay the only bidder, then great for me.
I have to be really frugal right now. I have literally 8 dollars to my name and am trying hard to earn some more online, but i ahd to close my bank account becaus eof so many false charges that I was being penalized every few days for somehting i did not do. I am living off of my friends/family until i find a job and can start earning some real money.
I love that frugal living is now normal. It used to be if you used coupons you were "cheap" and looked down on. Now everyone and their brother uses coupons.
I use coke reward points to get all the magazine subscriptions I want. My boyfriend's grandmother gives us coupons from the paper whenever we see her. Once we get our printer hooked up I'll start printing coupons, since you can find them online for everything. I use swagbucks daily and get 2-3 paypal giftcards a month that I use for groceries and my medications. Plus I can print coupons from there, which gives me points per coupon. Then our grocery store gives us gas points for every paper coupon redeemed.
So far, since may, with our store card we've saved almost $800 on groceries.
Every little bit helps. Oh being poor college kids.
I love the thrill saving money gives me . I have store loyalty card and have gotten so many free groceries. Now if only Canada had coupons like the U.S.A the I I would be able to get everything even cheaper. Lol.
I'm considered to be frugal and get a sort of high out of it as I won't spend money on anything without a coupon and it usually has to be on sale on top of that. I spend about three hours a day search for samples and other programs to save money and usually rush to the mailbox to see what samples I get during that day. Just got a free dog toy and a body wash lol
I have no choice but to live frugal and I am a happy camper with it. Yes, I miss things I would love to have but I can live without them. I garage sale and can get a lot of great deals and use coupons to shop loss leader sales.
I'm not sure if my family can be classified as frugal but we don't buy anything that we don't need. We buy comfortable clothes instead of the really expensive branded ones. We only have 4 pairs of shoes, leather, sports, sneakers and sandals. We only buy when a pair is broken. I rarely buy bags unless the one I am using is broken beyond repair and if there is a really sturdy yet cute bag that I see.
I try to live as frugally as possible, but when I want to treat myself, I keep a stash of gift cards on hand. There are several things I do on line to earn gift cards to places like Starbucks., I keep those around for when I want to go out for a latte, or something. I also have a stash of amazon cards that I've earned, and I'm saving those to buy Christmas gifts.