Published by Ashley Palmer.

Have you seen that new show called Extreme Couponing?! These people get hundreds of dollars’ worth of groceries for just a few dollars. Yes, I said dollars.

Trust me, I get it. You don’t have hours to spend clipping coupons and surfing the Web (and neither do I!). Here are five of my money-saving tips to help stretch your dollar just a bit further:

  1. Sign up for Vegan Cuts. Similar to hot sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, this deal website features discounts on vegan products and services. It just launched on April 19, with a premier deal for 40 percent off a travel-size vegan skin-care kit. Go check it out!
  2. Buy in-season fruits and vegetables. Whenever you buy out-of-season produce, you’re going to pay a premium. After all, strawberries don’t naturally grow in Ohio in December! Find out what’s in season now.
  3. Shop farmers markets. Shopping local is great for the environment and great for your wallet! Bring cash, and remember that you may be able to haggle a bit. And if you go later in the day, you may get better deals from farmers who do not want to take their produce back to the farm. Use the simple search here to find a market near you!
  4. Buy “manager’s specials” produce. At my local grocery store, there are often produce items that go on sale when they’re about to expire. If you know you’ll eat it quick, it can save you several dollars. Plus, these deals are often available for organic produce as well. Double bonus!
  5. Bring your own reusable bags. Many large chain grocery stores will give you a discount for using your own bags. So stock up on cute, trendy, and eco-friendly bags and store them in the trunk of your car so that you don’t forget them at home!

What are your money-saving secrets? Share them with us in the comments below!

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