Since Mommy has been staying at home with me this year, our family has had to come up with lots of creative ways to save money. These are the 6 tips at the top of our list:
1. When shopping at the grocery store, buy the store brand. Even if you have a coupon for a national/regional brand, the store brand is almost always a better deal. Occassionally you'll find a store brand product that is truly inferior in taste or quality (toilet paper, for example), but most of the time you won't even notice a difference.
2. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are needing baby gear for any other reason, try to purchase big items at the beginning of the year. That's when many companies debut their new lines, and you can often find last year's model at a great discount. When Mommy was shopping for my convertible carseat this January/February, for example, there were many 2009 models on sale for 30% off.
If you're planning to give this tip a try, you'll probably find that it applies more to online retailers than brick and mortar stores.