Quick and simple ways to save money on groceries:

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I’m a newbie at couponing, mainly because it’s changed a lot from my youth to me moving out on my own. It’s no longer all about the Sunday paper. It’s not longer hoarding little paper scraps (unless they come on the end of a mile long CVS receipt). It’s almost all digital, and thank God for that. But collecting coupons never seems fast and easy. There are thousands of ways to find them. They take a long time to gather together.

So what have I found to be the answer?

Having a few sources for coupons: I find that if you only have two or three apps it saves you not only money but time. Sure you might miss a few deals, but a lot of the deals are the same app to app, also I’m not sure the 50 cents off is worth losing ten minutes of my day. I’ve found the most useful apps for me have been the acutal grocery store app, whether it be Lowes Food or Food Lion. They have deals that you can load to your “MVP” card. No fumbling with barcodes on your phone. No holding up the line. Just a simple phone number and swipe and your out of there.

Another app I love? Fetch Rewards. It has a ton of brands on its app and you get points every time you buy one of them! It’s easy to use, all you have to do is scan your receipt and it gives you points. The points take a while to add up, but once you get enough you can turn them into giftcards for a ton of popular stores (like Walmart, Target, and Amazon) in $5, $10, and $25 amounts. I have a code if you create an account that will help me get more points, but whether you use it or not, I think you should download the app. My code is EFMVE

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Watching and Tracking Finances

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Remember about a week and a half ago when I posted my post-grad goals? One of them was titled “save, save, save”. I’m trying to take that goal and run with it. A huge part of saving is figuring out what you are spending so much money on in the first place.

I’m actually pretty good with money. I save more than I spend- but I don’t track percentages. It’s just hard to do.

So I decided to look into some accounting and finance tracking apps. I looked at Mint first, which I know is super popular and super easy to use. The problem? I didn’t feel comfortable giving the app my bank account password. It just didn’t sit right with me.

So the app I settled on?

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