No one likes to watch every penny, but I'm trying to make saving fun by challenging myself to get the best deals possible -- a recession game of sorts. Start playing. It's amazing how much you'll trim from monthly spending just by clipping some coupons.
Two-for-ones, free gifts, percentages off purchases, totally free things... they're out there.
The "Coupon Mom" has great ideas on how to save more, which Americans seem to be eating up, as statistics show an increase in redeemed coupons for the first time in 16 years. You can also get hundreds of printable deals online.
I'm likely to remember my coupons if I have easy access to them, which is where this organizer from Pier 1 came in. I throw it in my bag and let the savings begin. It has handy little dividers, a note pad, and is held together neatly with an elastic strap. Instead of scrounging for crumpled buy-one-get-one-frees at the bottom of my bag, I look more like the smart shopper I'm trying to become.