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  • Savvy Saver Tips Launch!

    Today is the launch of our NEW Savvy Saver Tips!

    These tips supply helpful ways you can maximize your savings on a day-to-day basis. No clutter, no boring dialogue, just straight facts. They’re designed to be short, sweet, and informative.

    We hope to supply you with some valuable knowledge that can be applied to everyday life. We’ll never stop searching for new, useful ways you can get the most bang for you buck! This is our promise to you.

    A new tip will be released every week, so keep an eye out for them on our blog!

    Here’s our first one!

  • Go Green & Be Frugal!

    In honor of Earth Day, we’re dedicating this post to ways you can be frugal and green! Many Americans have the misconception that it’s impossible to protect the planet and save money. Educating consumers on ways they can help preserve our environment without breaking the bank is extremely important. To help, we’ve compiled a list of a few quick and simple ways consumers can save money and help the environment at home.

    The first step when going green and being frugal is to examine your energy consumption. Learn how to be energy efficient set your thermometer to a timer so that it’s not running during the day when no one is home, seal cracks and leaks in windows, purchase energy efficient appliances, and turn off anything and everything that can be turned off. Being energy efficient means saving money on utility bills, replacing lights, and other appliance replacement costs.

    The second step is to learn how to eat efficiently. Consider starting your own organic garden at home. The average person saves $500 a year from growing their own vegetable garden. Also, eat more vegetables and less meat. They’re cheaper (especially if you grow your own), healthier, and decreases the demand for environmentally unsound industry. As a consumer, you create the demand. The more efficiently you eat, the better messages you send to businesses.

    The last step is to learn how to use your natural resources. On a beautiful day, open your windows and let the sunshine in to heat/cool your home. The natural light is beautiful and an inexpensive way to adjust the temperature of your home. Also, hang your clothes out to dry instead of using the dryer. It may take a bit longer, but you can save you bundles on your energy bill. Lastly, set up a water reservoir to irrigate into your organic garden. They are simple to install and can help save hundreds a year in water costs.

    Consumers aren’t the only ones concerned about being environmentally friendly; many companies are making the switch and helping shoppers save money. Large corporations such as Wal-Mart promote green business practices that are directly translated into savings for the consumer. For example, Wal-Mart now offers organic lettuce at the same price as regular lettuce when you buy in bulk. They offer this discount when buying in bulk because they’re able to fully load their trucks and cut down on transportation costs. Pretty smart, right?!

    Another example of a company “going green” is waste management. Did you know that recycling creates six times as many jobs as landfilling! Many waste management companies are transforming themselves from a primarily landfill operation to a residential recycler. These companies are finding a new ways to profit from trash, but in a more environmentally friendly manner.  This fact goes to show you that “going green” not only promotes a more sustainable environment, but also stimulates our economy through the creation of more jobs!

    Promoting environmentally sustainable practices does not necessarily have to be heavy on your wallet. There are multiple ways you can “go green” and be frugal. Some energy efficient appliances and cars may cost you more upfront, but their overall energy and fuel savings practically pay those extra costs for you. Before beginning any new practices, it’s important to educate yourself on the topic and any possible outcomes. The moral of the story is always consider how your actions may negatively affect the environment before you take them. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and most importantly be frugal!

  • Curb Your Urge: How-to shop smart this summer

    the weather continues to heat up and we inch closer and closer to summer, before you know it you’ll be firing up the grill. In my opinion, summer is the best season for food. I can’t resist anything cooked on the grill. During the summer, I’m usually tempted to over-spend at the grocery store because I want to buy anything and everything I can cook on the grill! All the fresh vegetables, fruit, seafood, chicken and steaks are sometimes just too good to resist!

    Well, I’ve decided that this summer my constant over-spending at the grocery store is going to change. I’ll still be eating all the fresh vegetables, fruit, seafood and meat that I want, but this year I’ll be shopping smarter. One of my major problems is that when I see all the beautiful, sweet smelling produce I have the urge to buy everything in sight. Before I know it, my kitchen’s over-flowing with all the food that I purchased. I know you’re probably thinking, “What’s the problem?” Well, the problem is that now I have an unnecessary amount of fresh produce in my house. It will be nearly impossible to cook and eat it all before it perishes. Now I’m faced with having to throw out any food that went bad before it had the chance to be eaten. Talk about money down the drain!

    I know I’m not alone here. More than likely, many of you have encountered this problem, but you just haven’t realized it was because of your over-zealous spending at the grocery store. To curb my urge to buy everything in sight, I’ve compiled a list of tips that will eliminate my summertime over-spending.

    According to personal finance website, Mint.com, over-spending on food happens for a number of reasons. Those reasons range from poor planning to encountering deals that seem too good to pass up. For me, I think my major issue stems from poor planning. Apparently, I’m not the only one who finds them self throwing out food that has gone bad. Mint.com found that the average person ends up wasting over 200 pounds of food each year!

    With that said, my first tip to eliminate over-spending at the grocery store is to plan out your meals for the week. By doing this before you go shopping, you can avoid access waste and won’t end up spending money on food that will never get eaten. If you want to go the extra mile and save even more, plan your meals around what’s on sale at your local grocery store that week. Just look in your local newspaper for a sale circular. Don’t get the newspaper? No worries, you can also find these online in a PDF downloadable form.

    To go along with planning your meals for the week, my second tip is to make a list. The most important part about making a list is sticking to it! Making a grocery list can help you spend considerably less on food, but only if you stick to it. When you go grocery shopping, make sure you’re focused on the task at hand. If you’re not, you’re more likely to purchase items that aren’t on your list. To avoid all temptation, make sure you eat before you shop. Grocery shopping hungry can cause you to spend 15 percent more!

    My third and final tip for not over-spending at the grocery store this summer is to avoid buy three, get one free sales! Yes, this may sound like a great deal at first but in reality this is just a way the grocery store entices you to buy more. They want you to purchase more items so it will increase your bill, as well as, the average number of products per purchase. Sometimes the buy three, get one free and two for $5 deals don’t actually save you any money. Sometimes the merchants will do this because this combination of numbers and prices sound cheaper than just the listing price alone. Next time do the math, make sure you’re getting an actual deal, and don’t buy three boxes of crackers if you don’t need them!

    If you want to avoid over-spending this summer, these tips should definitely help you cut down on costs. Remember you can have it all; you just don’t need it all at that exact moment! Wait for things to go on sale, plan your meals for the week, don’t waste food, avoid those sneaky “deals,” and stick to your list! If you do all of these things you will notice a decline in your total food cost this summer. These easy tips can really make a BIG difference! Happy smart shopping everyone! :)

  • Blog Spotlight: Frugal Foodie Mama

    At GiftCardRescue, we’re committed to finding new ways to help our customers save more. Whether it’s with discounted gift cards, coupons, or money saving tips and advice, we’re constantly looking for new, innovative ways to help you live a happy, frugal life. Today, there are numerous blogs on the internet that focus on ways to be frugal and live a budget conscious life. Many of these blogs are run by stay-at-home moms, who genuinely enjoy sharing the things that they love and are not just focused on making money. Each week we will be sharing different blogs that inspire us and provide some great frugal living advice. These are not sponsored posts, so this is all our own opinion. These are simply some great blogs that we love and think that you will love too!

  • Be Frugal this Fourth!

    The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Not just because it’s a break from the “real world,” but because you get to enjoy the warm weather by grilling out, watching fireworks, and decking yourself in everything red, white and blue. Who doesn’t love that? Don’t worry; I haven’t lost sight of what Independence Day) really means. I think our Founding Fathers would be proud of the way I choose to celebrate this holiday and display my American pride!

    As much as I love a festive Fourth of July cookout, I know that hosting the perfect shindig can cost a pretty penny. It may not seem like your spending a lot at the time, but when you add up that $20 here and $30 there, the costs can accumulate fast. Next thing you know you’ll be out $150 and you haven’t even factored in any last minute purchases! To help ease the ease the pain on your checking account, we’ve created a list with some helpful tips on how to have a frugal and fun Fourth of July!

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