I am moving in a few days, and I forgot how tedious it really can be. I’ve lived in this house for ten years, and it really is amazing all the little stuff that collects during that time period. Last weeks post talked about spring cleaning, and in most ways I’ve learned the two can be very similar. To keep things simple, I made lists of what I needed to do to move out of each room. Some people break down boxes into categories (i.e kids room – toys ; kitchen – pots), and some people just throw everything into boxes room by room. I think both ways are effective – and I have done a mixture of both with this move. However, one thing I’m trying differently, is I’m making boxes that are mixes of things from different rooms – the important things I want to unpack first. When I pack the moving truck, I’m going to put regular categorized boxes in back, mixed boxes in the middle, and furniture up front. This way I’m unpacking the “bones” of my room first. The items I’m putting in my “mixed” boxes are surge protectors, bed skirts, lamps, tools, tape, and cleaning supplies as well as blankets, pillows, and toiletries. This is the stuff I figure I will need first to put every room together. Bed-skirts for example have always foiled me in moves because you have to put them on the boxsprings before the mattress goes on, but I have never been able to do that because they are always packed in the linen box. Another thing that can be exhausting about a move is the cost! Shop around for cheap truck rentals, and if your car has a trailer hitch, you’d be surprised how much cheaper a trailer can actually be (though figure more trips with a trailer a.k.a more gas!), ask at your local supermarket for boxes. Produce boxes are the perfect size for moving and offer a lot of space in each box which means less trips for you between loading and unloading, and finally keep those receipts! Some moving expenses you can write off on your taxes!
Many of you may have seen that T.V show “Extreme Couponing” (if you have Netflix they have it streaming on instant watch). I wondered how much stock to give couponing so I did some research on it. The extreme couponers were able to do what they do with store cards, coupon matching, and individual store policies. Here are somethings to knwo off the get go if you want to do some heavy couponing:
1. Know the stores policy for coupons. If you want to coupon at max savings find a store with a store card, coupon matching days, or other special discount days aimed at consumers and shop on those days.
2. Match sales with your coupons to maximize your savings. i.e you see Kellogs cereal 4/$10.00 and have a coupon for $1.00 off two boxes. With two coupons you are now paying $8.00 for 4 boxes of cereal vs. the sale of 10.00. The regular price would probably be near $12.00 for 4 boxes, so again you’d be paying $10.00 with no sale using the coupon.
3. Read the fine print on your coupon, if it doesn’t specify a size, go for the smaller size. Almost all stores have a 1 coupon / item rule. Grab a few of these $ off one item that have no size specification, and usually you can come close to not paying anything or actually getting money back on the smaller items by buying more. Here is an example:
1 large stick deodorant 3.50
1 travel stick (1/4 the size) 1.0
Coupon: .25 off 1 deodorant (no size restriction)
Buy 1 large stick your cost is now 3.25
Buy 4 travel sticks (using 4 coupons) your cost is now 3.00
Couponing can be a very effective way to trim your grocery bill down by hundreds of dollars every year, allowing you to breathe more freely about other things like rising gas costs or your kids braces. I make a habit to always buy a Sunday paper, as essentially you are being paid to do it. You will always find more than $2.o0 worth of savings inside helping you more than double the value of that 1 paper.
Try sites like http://www.coupon.com – or google “coupons”. Don’t pay to join a site, or give your personal info out as mostly likely you could be signing up for a spam service.