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What little things do you do to save money?

 
DJDNY

Asked by DJDNY at 9:01 AM on Mar. 18, 2012 in Money & Work

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  • Plan meals and make a list before I go grocery shopping. If it's not on the list, unless it's something I forgot that I really do need, it usually doesn't get bought.

    We cook at home more often than we eat out.

    Look at the circulars and plan around meats/ veggies that are on sale.

    Most importantly, I DON'T take my husband shopping with me. We end up with so much superfluous junk when he goes shopping with me.
    Eviesmommy

    Answer by Eviesmommy at 10:26 AM on Mar. 18, 2012

  • Limit buying coffee and lunches out, look for things on sale at the grocery store, only shop for clothes when something needs to be replaced, buy something easy and different for a meal rather than eat out, & use coupons. Have one credit card with perks of some sort - ours gives flying miles and we have gone on great vacations because of it. We always pay it off each month. Watch movies at home rather than go out.
    whitepeppers

    Answer by whitepeppers at 9:13 AM on Mar. 18, 2012

  • I buy in bulk during really good sales. I buy large portions of meat and cut my own chops, steaks, debone n section chickens.
    Mrs_Harsh

    Answer by Mrs_Harsh at 9:11 AM on Mar. 18, 2012

  • Cook, plant a garden, keeps lights off as much as possible, shop on the perimeter of the grocery store (don't buy processed foods). Buy eggs from our neighbor, don't buy new cars, all 3 are paid for, 2 have fully rebuilt engines that my Husband did, he also does all the regular maintenance on them, like oil changes, brakes, or anything that needs fixing on them. The only thing he doesn't do is mount tires, we have a local guy that does that.
    MrsLeftlane

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 9:11 AM on Mar. 18, 2012

  • Ohh yeah I have a huge garden in the summer and I can - freeze most of it
    Mrs_Harsh

    Answer by Mrs_Harsh at 9:12 AM on Mar. 18, 2012

  • I rarely eat out. I make my own laundry detergent and softener. I don't get my nails done. I've resealed every inch of my house. .... and hopefully I'll get more ideas from this post.


    FYI on the nails:  Sally hensen complete manicure 'shell we dance' ..  its like 6.00 it gives you a nice clean neutral nail ( which is trending now but something I always do ). 

    Farrahann

    Answer by Farrahann at 9:37 AM on Mar. 18, 2012

  • Coupons
    natachact

    Answer by natachact at 9:31 AM on Mar. 18, 2012

  • I've met people who spend a ton on clothing. I don't.
    Cafemomoftwo217

    Answer by Cafemomoftwo217 at 9:37 AM on Mar. 18, 2012

  • Coupons, cook at home, don't buy individually packed items, don't buy more than we can use before it spoils, grow my own herbs (trying at least, they are dying on me right now), make my own coffee, use the library instead of buying books and they also have dvd's to borrow., turn off lights when we aren't using that room, unplug chargers, use reusable shopping bags (some stores give you 5 cents back PER BAG used), cloth diapers, check dollar stores for deals, no cable, average internet package instead of ultra fast unnecessary one, keep track of cell phone minute use...
    There are so many things we do that save us money. Right now we are even looking into if we can save on our car payment by trading in or not because our warranty is out or if it would make more sense to wait until next fall when our car will be paid off...
    rhianna1708

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 9:48 AM on Mar. 18, 2012

  • Once every 6 months I call around to my different bills and see what I can do about getting my bill lowered. Sometimes there is a new plan or something, or they are willing to give me a lower rate for being a loyal customer. Sometimes I find better deals with the competition. I did it in January and only saved about $30 a month this time, but I'll take it! Sometimes it is MUCH more than that.

    I turned down the water heater to about 125. I don't notice it much, and it saves money.

    I plan meals around what is on sale in the local ads. I spend about $250 a month for groceries, toiletries, laundry and pet supplies for a family of 5.
    Mom-2-3-Girlz

    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 10:12 AM on Mar. 18, 2012