Being a savvy shopper DOES NOT mean you are cheap
It means you are creative and get the most out of your resources are you can.
1. Coupons are your friend, but only when you actually need the product. If you don't need it, you are falling into the advertising trap.
2. Always use Google/Bing/AskJeeves to search for discount codes. A lot of times, big stores have current discounts that you can find by just using a search engine to your advantage.
3. Stock up on gift cards during the holiday season. Many stores/restaurants offer deals such as buy $100 in gift cards, get $25 free. Gift cards can always come in handy for last minute gifts, or you can use them for yourself.
4. Buy OUT of season. Everything from snow boots to golf clubs to patio furniture are substantially cheaper if you buy when they are out of season. If its June, you may see some boots that are 90% off that you could make use of in November. Times flies. Think ahead.
5. Buy IN season. Produce is substantially cheaper when you buy it in season. Oranges are cheaper in the winter and berries are cheaper (and better) in the summer. Buy in season. Get your fill. Can. Freeze.