This is an e-mail I sent out earlier today:
I just wanted to let you all know about some websites that I have found to be very useful in my quest to save money. With gas prices being so high, I am trying to not spend as much in other areas that I can control. Also, I was inspired by Angela over at www.thepaintedhouse.blogspot.com to "share the love" and do something nice for other people. I know this isn't much, but this has worked for me so I thought I would share it with you all! Go check out Angela's blog; she is having a contest!! You just have to do one nice thing for someone, and tell her what you did on Monday. She'll pick a name out of a hat on Monday, and the winner gets $50 in gift cards to Whole Foods and two reusable shopping bags! How cool is that? So go do a good deed, and share the love!!
Here are the websites:
www.couponmom.com (tons of great deals)
www.angelfoodministries.com ($30 for $65 worth of food, once a month, pick up at local churches)
www.thegrocerygame.com (this one you pay for, $1 for the first month -- worth it! -- combines your local grocery/pharmacy store sales with coupons from your local Sunday paper so that you get Rock Bottom Deals)
www.priceprotectr.com (money back from stores if the item you bought goes on sale after you buy it)
Some of these have links to websites that have printable coupons. The first three were listed in the Kansas City Star a few days ago in an article about two women who have made it a priority to save money on their groceries. They spend about two hours a week clipping coupons and shop at a couple of different stores every week, but if you don't have that kind of time to spend each week you can still save lots of money. I am signed up at The Grocery Game, and every week there is a long list of awesome deals at several stores in my area. It's a great way to stock up on Christmas presents or just things you know your family will use.
Anyway, go check out the sites, and start saving some money!
Okay, so I know it's not a big thing to tell people how they can save money, but that was my small way of showing people I care about them. Also, for another "good deed," I gave away one of our "Free DVD Rental" coupons for RedBox last night. The gentleman in line in front of me was asking where the lady in front of him got her coupon from, so I gave him one of mine. He said "Wow, thanks, that's awesome!! That's so nice of you!"
It does feel good to do good... so go do some good!