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Just a quick tip I wanted to share with you folks!  I believe in being frugal in all aspects of life.  Right now while your planning your wedding try a few frugal tips with everyday stuff.  When you’re saving on your necessities you will feel more at ease with the mounting costs of the wedding!

1)  My FAVORITE new item to have in my pantry are Ziplock Fresh Produce bags!  As we all know fresh produce does not have a long shelf life.  However, these handy little bags are about doubling my fresh veggies and fruits lifetimes!  I defiantly recommend soaking your fresh veggies and fruit in a vinegar & water bath for about 15 minutes first.  This helps to get any nasty pesticides and waxes off, plus will also add in extending the lifetime of the items!  (And another tip, I personally will wash out the bags and reuse them one or two more times.  That way I’m not spending money on so many bags either!).  

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2)  Couponing can be a very good thing!  A couple of months ago I discovered that my local supermarket (Publix) will take their coupon and the manufacture’s for the SAME item!  Often they will have items that are on BOGO and I will have a Publix coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon, so I end up spending about 75% less!  Last week I saved $65.34 all together!  Most supermarkets will also double coupons up to $.50. Check out my favorite site for online coupons (it’s FREE!) at couponmom.com.  

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3) This should really go without saying, but limit eating out.  It’s great to kick back and not have to cook and clean up!  And I definitely enjoy it from time to time.   BUT, it will cost you. For two people you can easily spend $30-$40 at a sit down dinner then on top of that you will be tipping your server 18-20%  (another $6-$10).  Think if this way, you do that more than twice a month and that could have paid for your bouquet, or your wedding shoes, or a case of wine, ect.  Ask yourself before you go out can this money be better spent on something else?  OR could we go somewhere a little cheaper or maybe you have a coupon or gift card?  

4) I have an APP for THAT!  Think you may be able to find a better price on items you use a lot?! You probably can!  I love using the ShopSavvy app on my iPhone.  All you do is scan the barcode and it will find the cheapest locations near you for that item!  I recommend using it at home that way you’re not wasting gas going from store to store.  Make your plan from home and make the most of your shopping trip!

Have and frugal tips of your own you would like to share?! Please feel free to leave comments for other FBF readers!

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