My friend Abbey posted a list of her money saving ideas on her blog recently. I thought it was a great idea and thought I would share some of my tips as well.
*I use couponmom.com. I've talked about this a couple times on the blog, but I swear by it. I got a subscription to the Sunday Dispatch just for the coupons. It cost me $20 and just last week I saved over $100 at the grocery store! I am also going to check out couponsuzy.com which has printable coupons. I don't buy anything without a coupon unless we absolutely need it.
*I use Upromise.com. You clip "coupons" and when you buy the items the designated $ amount goes into a college fund for the kids. For instance, there might be a coupon for $1.50 if you buy Wheat Thins. I clip the coupon and when I go to Kroger and buy the crackers with my Kroger card (not a credit card), $1.50 is added to their fund and all I had to do was do my regular shopping!
*I only go grocery shopping twice a month and get what I need for the next two weeks. What we have is what we have and if we run out of apple juice, oh well. We get more at the next scheduled trip. My meal calendar helps with this.
*I buy extras of things that are on sale AND I have a coupon for them for our food storage. For instance, if canned tomatos are on sale and I have a coupon for that brand, I'll buy more of them so I have them for the next time.
*We eat all of our leftovers. I read an article saying that the average family will save $25 a week if they would only eat their leftovers.
*We stopped buying bottled water.
*We have a budget for every month so we know exactly what we bring in and what we spend. It keeps our spending in check.
*I make my own laundry soap.
*I don't yet, but I plan to make my own cleaners as well. AKA vinegar and water or bleach and water. I'm still using what I have left. Otherwise I would be wasting THAT!
*I will be making my own baby food.
*We only eat out once or twice a month at the most, but this is budgeted in.
*Also going to try not spending anything for one week out of each month. I will tell you how that goes.
*We pay a full tithe. Nothing will help you more in these economic times...or any time!
Please post your money saving ideas so we can all benefit from eachother's ideas..