How I Save Money on Household Items

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Keeping your refrigerator well-stocked and your home updated takes planning, time, and money. However, you don’t have to go broke to keep up with your household finances. Here’s how I save money on household purchases.

Buy generic

A great way to save money instantly is to do away with your name-brand obsession. I purchase generic brands whenever I can. Just because a product is sold by a well-known company doesn’t mean it’s the best. There are plenty of generic items that are just as good or better than their name-brand counterparts. In fact, a grocery store survey conducted by Consumer Reports found some store brands rival more popular brands in the taste and price categories. You can save up to 25% when you switch to a store’s private-label brand.


Take advantage of free samples

Many retailers (Walmart and Target, for example) offer samples of both new and established products free of charge. I love coffee, so I’m always looking for freebies when it comes to coffee products. Recently, Walmart offered a giveaway featuring a free package of Keurig K-cups. I own a Keurig, and K-cups can cost as much as $11 per package, so I immediately jumped on this offer. One way to stay on top of the latest offerings is to follow these retailers on social media and sign up for newsletters. Two newsletters worth a look are FreeStuff.com and Get it Free.

Hunt for coupon codes

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Whenever I purchase a household item online, the first thing I do is search for a coupon code. You would be amazed at the deals you can find if you just take the time to look. Do your research because it can really pay off in the long run. Coupon codes can save you a bundle. Search websites like RetailMeNot and CouponCabin for the latest codes. You can get discounts and even free shipping on may items. Some stores also post coupon codes on their social media pages, so keep an eye out by liking their pages or following them on Twitter. That way, you’ll be the first to know about the latest deal.


Negotiate

Another way to save some serious cash is to negotiate. One time I saw a couch I liked that was a bit on the pricey side. I was moving to a new home so I needed to purchase furniture. As you may already know, furniture can set you back a pretty penny, especially if you need to furnish several rooms. Instead of accepting the cost and paying full price, I asked the store manager if a discount ­was possible. Since the item was about to be out of season, the manager agreed to reduce the cost by $50. I didn’t think I would g­et the break, but I was pleasantly surprised and very happy I decided to take the risk. You never know unless you ask, so always take the risk if you think it will be worth it. I did, and it worked out really well for me, so don’t be shy.

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