Today I learned that the method my best friend's mom used to save money thirty years ago still works...coupons. I don't mean buying something you don't want or need because you have a coupon. I mean clipping coupons and tracking sales at the stores you frequent (for me, Harris Teeter, Target, and CVS) and getting the products you use over and over at the best price possible. Saving money in ways like this is like getting an untaxed raise! As a federal employee, I don't get a raise this year or next and my bills have not declared a similar freeze so anything that helps reduce costs is a huge bonus for me.
How do you reduce costs when you need to save up for something new?