With the recession cutting deep into all of our pockets and bank accounts, it is important that we learn how to budget effectively. What some of us do not realize is that we are losing money at our local groceries by not shopping conscientiously. Clipping coupons is good, but it isnt always enough; buying generic brands isnt enough either. Shopping is no longer as fun as it used to be. But if we examine our shopping habits, and keep a few tips in mind the next time we shop at our local groceries, we can save hundreds of dollars each month. Many of us will buy the Sunday paper and scour through the coupons to see the local groceries newest and greatest deals. Unfortunately, many of us will also be suckered into buying things that we wouldnt normally buy because we think we are getting a deal. Do not be fooled. The rule is: do not clip coupons for things you do not normally buy, unless of course you find something that you have wanted to try, and are willing to splurge. All of your shopping must be done conscientiously. Everything you do in regards to shopping must be a conscious choice, or you will spend too much at your local groceries. If you are internet savvy, then you should be aware of online coupons. Do internet searches of your local groceries to find their websites. Keep a record of these, and visit them every week. Many times you will find that they have a link for printable coupons. There might also be links to sites that will allow you to load coupons onto the cards you use at your local groceries. In most cases, coupons you load onto your shoppers card can be used in combination with paper coupons.