Know the difference between wants and needs.
Avoid financing depreciating assets. Cash is king.
Dollar-cost average investment instruments
In that same vein, I would say not to chase every couponing deal that comes your way. That’s just a recipe for disaster and overspending. When I shop my Ibotta deals, or coupon at CVS, I never spend actual money from my wallet/bank account. I’m continually rolling gift cards or store money, (extrabucks). I don’t purchase coupons or inserts from sites. I buy 3 newspapers from Dollar Tree, and scavenge extra coupons from the town recycling center, (which can be hit or miss). I also keep a detailed tally as I shop so there are no surprises at the checkout.
Price around. For example. The free pizza is good at so many stores. Stop and Shop was cheapest by me, so I bought it there for a moneymaker.
Clearance is your friend.
Stack various savings apps with digital coupons and sales.
Don't snooze on Ibotta offers - some of the disappear quickly.
Try to complete a bonus only when it doesn't cost you to do so. Sometimes it isn't worth completing a bonus just for the sake of doing so.
I don't coupon as much as I used to as my boys are grown up and out on their own. When I did coupon, I would buy a GC equal to the value of the coupons used. When I used the GC, I would put the cash value aside in an envelope, and that was always saved for a rainy day or two.
Don't be afraid to buy meat/poultry that has been marked down due to expiry dates. I've had some great savings there.
Scour this site before you leave home! I won't enter a store without checking here first.
I go between the ibotta app, local weekly coupons, and scan everything on the Walmart app! ( a lot of stuff is lower priced on the walmart app, you just have to scan the product and show the cashier to get it)