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An Honest Look, A Stronger Stand

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Among the most popular New Year’s resolutions is the decision to do better with finances. Perhaps pay off debt, be able to afford a new vehicle or a different home, spend less, save more… But resolutions are difficult. The very definitive characteristics of a resolution are tough in and of themselves: to stand firm, to be resolved, to be established. If you’ve struggled to make financial changes, these can seem overwhelming. Some help to get you started…

  1. Resolve to track every dollar. To truly know what you are spending and where, you’ll need to track it for a couple of weeks. (And NO cheating! If you spend even one dollar, jot it down.) Without an honest picture of where your money is going, you’ll never see where you can make improvements.

  2. Establish a budget that is realistic. If you have a family of 4, don’t budget $100 per month for food. That is not going to happen. And if you have a coffee habit, love new books, enjoy golf, or any other side expenses, you need to work those things in. If not, you’ll blow your budget. Because, be honest, are you really not going golfing or reading a new book for the next week, month, or year?

  3. Don’t get discouraged by the paper. Now that everything is down on paper, you may be taken aback by the enormity of the money passing through your hands. You may even marvel at how you’ve survived so far – especially if your account page shows you in the negative numbers. But be encouraged! Now you can clearly see why you aren’t making any financial progress; and that there is hope. You can make it better. Wiggle room is there – you just aren’t seeing it yet. If it weren’t, you would not have made it through the past year.

  4. Find the wiggle room and squirm around until it’s bigger. Scrutinize where every dollar is going. Employ ways to spend less in every area. It IS possible! Use coupons for groceries, restaurants, and clothing; turn down the heat; take faster showers; adjust the refrigerator and freezer settings; unplug electric items not in use… Focus not only on big expenses, but especially small ones. Numerous tiny unplugged financial leaks cause a lot of damage.

  5. Grow up and stand firm. Having an “I deserve it” or “I want it now” attitude will hinder you every time; especially in the small stuff. “It’s only $3” can be famous last words. Here is a little trick: Instead of looking at the cost of something in dollars, calculate the cost in time. For example, a $3 purchase (to anyone making minimum wage), is representative of approximately 25 minutes of their life. Is that activity or item worth it?

The best couponers save hundreds of dollars every month at the grocery store. However, extreme couponers can end up living very extreme lifestyles to get those savings. For over five years, has equalized the playing field – giving extreme savings to busy families who don’t have the time or ability to be an extreme couponer. Each week,’s over 70 angels combine over 2,000 products on sale at local grocery and drug stores with an enormous database of over 2000 different manufacturer coupons. These combinations result in our members getting access to over 300 products each week for 50% off or better. Simply log in, choose the deals you want, print or clip only the coupons you need, and save hundreds of dollars a month at regional and national stores. Our angels will personally work with you to craft a plan that will help you buy healthier food at lower prices – helping you keep $200 to $400 in savings each month.

Josh Elledge is the Chief Executive “Angel” of SavingsAngel, Inc. – launched from his home in January 2007. A husband and father of three, he now appears each week on television, in eight newspapers, and a number of radio stations across the country teaching families how to cut their grocery bill in half using the Internet. Elledge created the technology found on through the need to save his own family’s money. Successfully able to cut his own grocery bill from $600 a month to less than $300 a month, his message has reached hundreds of thousands of families. is now growing rapidly throughout the country. You can watch a short video at that will explain more information about how to cut your own grocery bill in half with the help of!

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