2011 was a great year for me, savings wise. I learned more savings tips and tricks then I have since I have started this whole "savings sha-bang" in 2009. The most important thing I learned, is how invaluable coupons really are.
Coupons make me a stockpile, a stockpile takes care of my family and I. Particularly, my stockpile took care of my family and I for nearly 3 months straight this year after my husband was badly injured. I had no need of running to the store for toilet paper, baby diapers, laundry detergent, deodorant, or any other staples such as groceries such as rice, canned foods, juices, so on and so forth. I considered myself lucky that I did not need to run to the store, simply because I would not have been able to do so while caring for my husband. I would have had to depend on other people to help me with shopping, and lord knows I hate depending on other people for anything. I'm a stubborn Taurus, a Taurus to the T-asking for help and depending on others literally PAINS me.
I also learned to "stick to my guns" and shop via the internet as much as possible. Shopping via the internet saved me money on gas, and earned me money in return by using Ebates (I have mentioned this website countless times, it truly is an invaluable source especially if you shop online a lot). Whenever I did shop in-store, I chose to do so at local businesses because I feel that supporting local non-chain small businesses is important in this economy.
I made other savings adaptions too, particularly learning how to navigate CVS's Extra Care Bucks program efficiently and effectively. You can read all about the wonderful savings program CVS offers *here*. In addition, I also started shopping for office supplies and school supplies for my children at Discount Office Items (which is Ebates friendly). Although a store like Staples offers a great rewards program, I find that Discount Office Items offers more variety in product, and at steeper discounts.
I am still compiling the grand total of money I saved this year via couponing, shopping online, and participating in the CVS Extra Care Bucks Program. I can tell you that my total exceeds $6,500.00 so far, but I am still waiting for a few more reports to come in :)
2012 brings even more savings opportunities, another year for me to hone my money-saving skills and share them with my readers. If you aren't familiar with my website The Savings Momma, please feel free to check it out. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.
In closing, I hope that this new year brings my readers happiness, luck, and a boat load of savings! Happy New Year!