1. Know prices of the items you buy, especially know the prices at the least expensive store in your area.
2. Keep records
3. Make time to sit with all the circulars, the computer, and your coupons, and make lists for each of the stores you frequent.
4. Be organized
5. Bring a calculator, pencil, and scrap paper to the store
6. Know that prices vary. Even at the most expensive store, there will be advertised specials that make it worth a trip.
7. buying larger size is *not* always the cheaper way to go!
8. At the end of the month, if you can, put the amount you've saved into an account for retirement, college, emergencies, etc...
9. It does take time, and a bit of "practice" to get into a groove with this.
10. If you can get a free or really good deal on an extra freezer, take it!
"If it's a penny for your thoughts and you put in your two cents worth, then someone, somewhere is making a penny."
— Steven Wright