One thing that new parents notice is that babies cause a lot of waste: from toy packaging to essential (yet short-lived) baby products to, of course, diapers. While cloth diapers have been long touted as the most environmentally friendly diapering option, some claim that the energy and water needed to wash cloth diapers evens out the landfill waste. Let’s get the facts straight:
Disposable Diapers vs. Cloth Diapers
1: Buy Items You Use
As you become an extreme couponer, it’s important to remember to only purchase items you’ll use. Don’t buy 15 cans of tuna because you can get a great if you don’t like tuna and will never eat what you bought (unless you want to donate the cans to a good cause — then go ahead). Use your couponing skills for items you need. Besides, if you buy a plethora of products you won’t use, you haven’t actually saved any money. You’ve just wasted precious funds on things you don’t need, so be a wise shopper and look for sweet deals on stuff that you’ll actually enjoy.
2: Go Where the Sales Are
Just as you need to be willing to purchase different brands of goods at the grocery store, you should also be OK with shopping at different stores. Extreme couponers go where the sales are instead of always shopping at the same place. Getting the best deal might require going to three different supermarkets.
This, however, can be easier said than done. Trips to multiple stores during the week or in a single day can take up precious time and gas money, so plan your shopping accordingly and see if you can combine trips. The shrewdest couponers save themselves money when they buy from different stores, but they do have to set aside to time to make those savings possible.
3: Forget Brand Loyalty
To save big at the grocery store, you need to forget brand loyalty. You want to get the best deal for your money, and the items that go on sale or that you have coupons for may not always be made by the same company. For example, one week it might be best to purchase a certain kind of pasta, while the next, you buy a different brand because you’re able to stack coupons and get a sweeter deal. If there’s an item that you adore and can’t imagine switching to another brand, keep a lookout for sales and coupons for your beloved product and buy it in bulk at a low price.
4: Buy in Bulk
Extreme couponers don’t buy an item when they need it — they buy it when they can get it at the lowest price. These savvy shoppers then stock up when the going’s good (and cheap), so they save money in the long run. Think about it: if you run out of toilet paper, you’ll be stuck paying whatever the retailer is charging to get this much-needed essential. Extreme couponers, however, plan ahead by purchasing numerous rolls when the cost is low so they avoid such expensive emergency trips to the store.
If you buy in bulk, though, you need to have space to stockpile your reserve items. The free space available in your home may determine how “extreme” of a couponer you become. Only buy what you can fit in that extra pantry, closet or garage. Otherwise, your home itself might start to look like a supermarket!
5: Give Time, Save Money
Putting expert couponing techniques — even the ones for normal people — into practice will require your time and attention. For example, it’s going to take a bit of research to find good deals on the items you want, so go ahead and put grocery store ads on your weekly reading list. You also have to be willing to spend a few hours sorting through and organizing your coupons before each trip to the supermarket.
If you’re busy (like most of us), try to find ways that you can fit your couponing activities into your schedule. Instead of reading a novel before you go to sleep, peruse and clip coupons. Finding the time to locate and organize your coupons might be difficult, but you can feel good knowing that your hard work will save you money.
If you’ve just got a new Amazon Kindle Fire HD, you’ll probably want to start
downloading applications from the off.
The Kindle range of tablets doesn’t actually include Google Play, so you’ll have to use Amazon’s own App Store to download apps and games.
It’s no issue though and there’s plenty available, even though it’s not the full store. We’ve done the hard work for you though and picked out our favourites of the year.
Who doesn’t love Angry Birds? The full suite of Angry Birds games is available on the Amazon Kindle HD, whether you want to play in space, with the piggies or just the original. What’s even better is many of the games are either free or cost less than £1. What better way to pay this strategy game than on a 7-inch Kindle Fire HD screen?
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD has the perfect sized screen for watching BBC TV on the move. The app alongside the BBC’s media player is a must-download onto the Kindle Fire too, because it doesn’t support Flash in the browser. You will need to be connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to stream and the iPlayer does use a lot of data, but it’s well worth it to catch up on Eastenders while on your commute.
TuneIn Radio allows you to create your very own radio station on your Amazon Kindle Fire HD. With a huge range of radio stations on offer, ordered in genre, location, language, trending, recommended and recent, it’s easy to find something you want to listen to. You can even listen to podcasts on the move. This is truly the best radio app available for the Kindle Fire HD.
The world’s favourite movie information site is available on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD as a handy app. With all the cast information, plus trailers, synopsis and spoilers (if you want to view spoilers), this truly is the font of all move knowledge, whether you’re a fan of sci-fi or chic flicks.
If you’re an avid cook, the Kindle Fire HD is a great accessory to help you along the way. ChefTap allows you to store recipes from anywhere on the web in a cookery file, making your very own cookbook with recipes available in a finger tap. Some are preloaded, meaning you can get cooking straight away.
Words With Friends is a virtual version of Scrabble. Just like the original, you’re given letters and have to create words on the board. Each letter has a different score and there are opportunities to increase your score by placing the tiles on the award squares. You can play over your data connection whether your friend is sitting next to you or on the other side of the world.
Pin your favourite pictures, products or anything else you see around the web on your Pinterest account. Whether you’re planning a wedding, decorating your house or just have a fad for a certain colour, pin it to your wall and let the world see what’s trending in your life.
This addictive games will keep you entertained for hours as you try and escape the Evil Demon Monkeys chasing you round an island. You’ll have to jump, slide and turn your way to the end (although there doesn’t actually seem to be one) and freedom.