Wednesday, May 15, 2013
12 Ways to Save Money!
But there are ways to alleviate your mind. Plan ahead! I know it is easier said than done, but stock up on groceries and supplies when you are able to so that when you are in a bind, you have a fall back.
These are some of the things I do to save a little money when it's tight:
1. Buy your bread products from a discount bread store. Most of these stores have bread that is almost $2.00 less per loaf! I stock up and freeze it so I have it when I need it.
2. Buy meat when it is on sale. When I go grocery shopping I always look at the meat and the current specials. Sometimes it is because the use by date is that day, but that doesn't mean it is bad, it just means you need to use it or freeze it. If you don't like freezing raw meat, cook it that day and freeze it fully cooked. If you are worried about freezer burn just wrap it as tight as you can in plastic wrap before freezing and don't leave it frozen for too long.
3. Have a variety of canned goods. I am not talking about Spaghetti O's, I am talking cream of whatever soups, tomatoes, broths, things of that sort. These can be used to make something as simple as rice and veggies into a decent meal with tons of flavor.
4. Stock up on fruit when it is in season. I try to buy only the fruit that is in season because it is less expensive and normally delicious! If you can, freeze it. You can freeze any berry and those are normally the most expensive. Also buy things like cantaloupe because that will last a few days once cut up.
5. Use what you have in your fridge before you go to the store. I always forget what I have in the fridge and it will get pushed to the back and then by the time I realize it, it has gone bad. This is obviously a waste that can be prevented by going through your fridge thoroughly before you buy more food to put in it.
6. Make meats and meals stretch longer. An example would be buying a whole chicken, roasting it and making 4 different meals out of it. One meal can be roasted chicken with potatoes and carrots, the next can be Chicken soup made mainly with the stock from the roasted chicken and the bones and made into a filling meal with noodles and veggies. A 3rd meal can come from the chicken stock as well, chicken and dumplings and then a fourth meal can use any additional meat from the chicken and make chicken fried rice. In the chicken soup and the chicken and dumplings you will have more veggies than chicken, but with great flavor.
7. Instead of using wipes or paper towels for your kids, use washcloths. I replace them daily and always rinse them out. I just started doing this and has saved a ton in wipes and paper towels.
8. Use regular plates instead of paper plates. I have a hard time with this because I have either 12 in plates or saucers with nothing in between, but if you have medium sized plates this is easier.
9. Do your laundry after 9pm. Most electric companies charge less during off peak hours. Check with your electric company.
10. Use a lot of carrots and potatoes and rice in your foods. These are inexpensive and filling.
11. Make your own snacks instead if buying them. Most things use basic ingredients that you probably already have. This week I am making corn muffins and pumpkin muffins for the kids snacks.
12. Use coupons and store flyers. I go through these at least once a week and base my shopping list on what is on sale or what I have coupons for. A website that I have used is called Coupon Mom and helped me organize my coupons based on the stores I shop at.
These are just a few things that I do to help save a little bit of money because you never know when you might need it!