It's National Coupon Month, and according to Coupons.com, New York made the top five list of the most coupon savvy cities. Consumers in New York averaged more than 67,000 coupon activations per day, for a total of more than 10 million in the first half of 2014.
Jeanette Pavini, savings expert at Coupons.com, offered these money-saving tips for families. Take a look:
Brown bag it
"How much is that deli sandwich really costing you?," said Pavini. "We did a brown bagging experiment and found that we could pack a lunch consisting of a turkey sandwich with cheese, cookies, chips and iced tea for $2.53. That same lunch cost around $11.50 at nearby delis. That’s a $9 savings! Even if you just give up takeout two times a week, that’s $936 a year."
Use (at least) three coupons a week
Incorporating coupons into your grocery shop is one of the easiest ways to start saving a little cash. "Think about it, if you use just three $1-off coupons a week, that’s an extra $156 at the end of the year," she said. "You can also clip some coupons like lunch meat, pasta and cereal straight to your store loyalty card so you don’t have to worry about forgetting your coupons at home.
Kids eat free
Next time you want to treat your family to a dinner out, go midweek and take advantage of a restaurant with a kids-eat-free night. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the most popular nights for these offers, said Pavini. Here's a round-up of where kids can eat free on Long Island.
Family night sporting events
Look for family night discounts to sporting events, said Pavini. "For an even greater discount, check out minor league teams like an MiLB game, where a family of four can get tickets and concession stand items for less than $10 each."