Saturday, December 28, 2013

Money Saving Ideas

Hey there friends!  Have you made any New Years Resolutions yet?  Well, mine is to be better at managing our budget.  A few unexpected bills can really put a damper on things, but I've recently been amazed at how much I am saving just by changing a few things around.  

At the grocery store: 
  • Clipping coupons really helps especially if the store has the product on sale already
  • Looking for buy one get one free sales 
  • Opt for frozen veggies when possible - as long as you know you'll eat them
  • Don't buy more than you really need.  If you don't really think you will use a large quantity of a product before the expiration date, then don't buy it. 
  • Closely examine the price each, or the price per ounce 
Example:  I recently bought dryer sheets.  The name brand was six cents per sheet, the store brand was two cents per sheet.  I was really glad I looked at them closely!
   
Around the house: 
  • Turn off lights in rooms that are not occupied 
  • Use the plastic bags from the grocery store as your garbage bags, and then throw everything in one big bag when you take it out
  • Only use recommended amount of laundry detergent
Example:  The laundry detergent thing sounds funny, but I used to be in a hurry and just pour in however much detergent I thought I needed.  When I started measuring out each cap full instead (at the measuring line), I was amazed at how much longer the bottle of detergent lasted!

Cooking: 
  • Make a recipe your own - I usually use half the sugar called for in most dessert recipes
  • Freeze leftovers 
  • Occasionally substitute black beans in a recipe for meat
  • Use plenty of rice and pasta - they are both very affordable

Example:  I make Rice and Broccoli Cheese Casserole pretty often.  It is affordable, and I just love it!

Out and about: 
  • Drink water at restaurants
  • Parks and libraries are free - and fun!
  • Cruise the thrift stores - they are a great source of clothes and toys

I make sure I don't get too excited about saving though.  I still have to buy groceries that I know we will actually eat, and buy clothes that I know I will actually wear.  Let me know if you have any tips to offer also.  I would love to hear them!     


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  1. I don't know if I have any great tips to share but I know it revolutionized my world when I discovered the fact that you could look for the "price per" at the grocery store. I use that All. The. Time!

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  2. When we go out to eat, we usually drink water too. We also look for places that have specials on kid's meals. (IHOP and El Chico's both do!)

    For groceries, I try have something easy to make on hand like a frozen pizza, so that if we need a quick meal on a busy night we have it and will be less tempted to eat out. I really think making a weekly menu helps out a lot too and planning to eat left overs. You can save a lot of money comp shopping too. Wal-Mart will comp ads, so you can get the best prices for everything without having to drive to multipe stores.

    Another way that we save money is that we reduced our cell phone bill by shopping around plans. There are a lot of plans that include unlimited everything for a great price.

    For clothes, I make it a point to keep all of my kids' clothes very organized, so I know what they have. Kids clothes are super cute and it's easy to over buy if you don't take stock. To stay organized, I keep a donation basket in my laundry room so that I can weed out clothes that don't fit any more. Once it's full, I pass clothes along to friends or donation sites. I also keep storage tubs around to keep clothes that I can pass down from my girls. Another way to save money, is to sign up for e-mails from my favorite stores. A lot of times, they'll e-mail out coupons and I can pair that with a great sale to get clothes for cheap.

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    1. Yeah, thank you - I need all the help I can get. : )

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