Showing posts with label tips on saving money. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tips on saving money. Show all posts

Monday, May 23, 2016

Couponing Blogs You Should Follow Today

Savvy shoppers have utilized coupons for ages, and it’s easy to get started. Whether you use the printed version or those available through apps, there are coupons for just about any product or service you can imagine. Couponing allows you to enjoy the lifestyle you like at a lower cost. Who doesn’t like to save?


Now there are even couponing blogs that offer advice, money-saving tips, and couponing options. How do you find the best couponing blog for your needs? Check out these ideas:

Determine what type of coupons you primarily use. If you mainly look for coupons related to products and services for kids, there are plenty of mommy couponing blogs to follow. Check out www.topmommyblogs.com for a list of great blogs to follow. These blogs offer great tips on how to save money and feature special offers and advice. If you’re primarily in the market for grocery coupons, check out a site such as www.grocerycouponnetwork.com, which features 50 blogs related to groceries, home goods, travel, and other family-related items.

Establish how much information you are seeking. Many blogs offer much more than just couponing information. Determine how much other information, such as advice, recipes, informative articles, and even DIY ideas, you are looking for before subscribing to a blog.

Be realistic about how much time you have. With so many couponing blogs out there, subscribing to a few will likely save you money at the register. However, what you save in dollars might cost you in time. Assess how much you are getting from each blog and whether the time you spend engaged in the blogs is worth it in the long run.

Assess a blog’s ties to advertisers and offers. Is the blogger presenting a deal simply because it’s a great deal, or is the blogger financially tied to the company in some way? While the offer might still be a great deal, being aware of compensation is an important piece of information to have.

Couponing blogs to check out:
  • www.coupons.com Has local coupons and coupon codes for online purchase. This site allows you to share coupons with family and friends and offers cash-back offers and loyalty coupons.
  • www.truecouponing.com Offers coupons and deals on products for the home, food, and even silver jewelry. I did notice deals for specific stores, not just manufacturer’s coupons, on this site.
  • www.pennypinchinmom.com This mommy blogger worked her family out of debt, and she is determined to help others save money and live debt free. Her tips could help you!
  • www.thekrazycouponlady.com Offers extreme couponing information.

Also, don’t forget to share this blog - blog.familywize.org - with your family and friends. In addition to advice on issues such as health, wellness, and saving money, the Familywize Prescription Discount Card can help you save at the pharmacy.

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Couponing blogs are a great way to learn effective couponing tips, engage in saving money on a regular basis, and have fun in the process. With friendly advice and up-to-date deals and offers, couponing blogs provide more than just money-saving tips for you and your family.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cut Your Winter Energy Costs

If you and your family reside in a region that experiences the colder winter months, you recognize the enjoyment winter weather can bring. In addition to snow activities such as snowball fights and building snowmen, you can participate in winter sports such as skiing and ice-skating. But, along with the fun winter activities comes the high cost of winter energy bills. Read on for tips on saving money and energy for your home this winter.

house in the winter


How to save money on heating:


  • According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lower your thermostat at least 10 degrees for eight hours.  Some families choose to drop the temperature in the house during the day, when most family members are out of the house. Another option is to drop it at night, and stay warm by bundling up with more blankets.
  • Adjust your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Seal gaps around windows, doors, electrical outlets, and where pipes come into your home. Insulate attic doors, too. Doors or windows that you won’t use during the winter months can be sealed with plastic in the fall until the warmer spring months.
  • Replace your furnace’s filter regularly for greater efficiency.
  • Keep the humidity in your home at approximately 40 percent. Moist air feels warmer, which helps save energy.
  • Set ceiling fan blades in your home to rotate in reverse. Running fans in this manner pushes warm air near the ceiling down towards the floor where it’s more useful.
  • Utilize your fireplace more. Some experts advise against using your fireplace, citing that the warm air generated merely goes out the chimney. But, check out this link for tips on greater efficiency.
  • Insulate pipes.

How to save on electricity:


  • Turn off lights in unused rooms or utilize a timer.
  • Use major appliances such as your stove, dishwasher, and clothes washer and dryer after 9 p.m.
  • Turn off and unplug electronics and appliances when they’re not in use.
  • If you have a smart phone, consider a system that will allow you to monitor your energy use at home through your phone.

woman with warm clothes

Additional tips on saving money at home:


  • Dress warmer. Wear sweaters, extra socks, and layer clothing during the day; get out the flannel pajamas for you and your family to wear to bed. Use extra or heavier blankets on beds to keep warm while sleeping.
  • Take advantage of the sun. During daylight hours, open shades, blinds, and curtains and allow the sunlight to naturally heat your home.
  • Consider an energy assessment. This will alert you of any potential problems with your home systems and can also provide money saving options.
  • Enlist the help of your family. Teaching your children the importance of conserving energy and saving money is a great lesson at any age. By making your entire family part of the process, you’re more likely to be successful in your energy saving efforts.

Where to go for additional information:


Visit www.energy.gov for more information and money saving tips on conserving energy and saving money this winter.

Kathy Rembisz 
Contributing Writer