How to Live a Tastefully Frugal Life

Three Methods:ClothesGrocery shoppingGeneral items shopping

As the title implies, these are steps to save money but yet be able to buy the things you want without hurting your bank account.

Method 1
Clothes

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    Sales! Sales! Sales! You may think you need those fancy pair of shoes or that nice shirt, but do you really? Is the world going to be destroyed and life as we know going to cease to exist if you don't give in to your needs? No. So, wait for sales. There are always good sales if you look through your daily or Sunday newspaper, especially right before, on or after a holiday. And, usually sales last for the proceeding 2-3 weeks after a big sale to clear out merchandise. You could save anywhere from 50%-75%, particularly at major department stores.
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    If you can't wait until there are sales, then always go for the clearance rack that are around on a regular basis. Most clothing and shoe stores will have a clearance racks in the very depths of their stores, usually out of view. Luckily, those racks aren't too hard to find in the store. Many items are marked down and you can also save about the same amount as you would at a big sales event. The only drawback is that you may have to spend some time rummaging and sorting through the messy clearance area. But in the end, there are always great finds!
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    Be open minded! Don't limit yourself to one particular store or brand. Believe it or not, if you shop around at different stores, both department and non-department stores, you will have better chances of finding the clothes you want and always at a good price. Different stores are good for certain items, and it's always best to shop at various locations to save yourself some money and get what you really want. And, don't ever exclude your local Goodwill or Salvation Army stores either. They are a good source for your shopping needs, too!
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    Maximizing the use of what you already have. When out shopping, try to think of buying things to go with what you already have in your closet instead of trying to buy a whole new outfit.
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    Look at online forums that posts announcements of sales, printable coupons, and ways to get discounts at stores you regularly frequent at. There are plenty of forums online that are dedicated to helping you find good sales and discounts. If you Google enough, it won't be hard to find these sites.

Method 2
Grocery shopping

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    All grocery stores are created equal -- at least in quality. You may think some grocery stores are better than others in terms of quality, but you may be wrong. If you go to a cheaper supermarket, you may think the quality isn't that great, but that's incorrect -- it just depends on which location you go to. You can find great quality and prices if you select a branch of a cheaper supermarket that looks great to you.
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    The 99 Cents Store. These days you can actually find most grocery items, including frozen foods, pre-packaged salads, fruits, and fresh vegetables at your local 99 Cents Store.
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    Use coupons. You may feel embarrassed to use them, but they will help you save a lot. Always invest in buying the Sunday newspaper to clip some coupons. Twenty-five to fifty cents can go a long way. Every bit counts.
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    Cut back on eating out. Sure, it's tempting to just buy fast food or eat out in general, but when you can, try to buy food from the supermarket for lunch and/or dinner. But if you think about it, if you ate out almost everyday, you could have probably used about 20% of what you paid to eat out that week to buy a week's worth of lunches and/or dinners.

Method 3
General items shopping

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    As mentioned before, always clip out coupons and look for sales.
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    If you can, buy a couple of the same items if there is a good sale. You may never know when you can get a good bargain buy again.
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    Compare prices between stores and know which stores are cheaper for certain items.

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