I’ve noticed that especially when people are first learning about frugal living, they tend to be a little overly focused on discounts and deals.
I do love a good deal, of course, and deals have their place in frugal living!
But often the best savings are not to be found in deals and discounts.
Instead, you can often choose a different path and save more.
For example, there are few deals that can make eating out cheaper than eating at home. You’ll save more by buying ingredients and cooking at home than you will by chasing restaurant deals.
Filtered tap water will be cheaper than discounted bottled water.
A chicken or tuna salad sandwich will usually be cheaper to make than a sandwich made with on-sale lunch meat.
A bar of soap will be less expensive per wash than many other forms of body wash/soap, even with coupons.
Mending a clothing item you already own will usually be cheaper than buying a new one, even with a discount.
Non-disposable items will almost always save you more than discounted disposable items.
Of course, there are exceptions to all of these rules. But they are exceptions, not rules.
The point is just this: that when you are looking at your budget to see where you can save money, make sure you look at all of your options, not just the discount/deal options.