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ok so i asked once before

but i was looking for some answers that are not obvious like coupons and sales. how aew you mommys thrifty? what do you do to save a penny. i am looking for ideas. thanks!!

 
rileymommy

Asked by rileymommy at 8:41 PM on Jul. 13, 2010 in Money & Work

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  • I run my dryer early in the am or late at night. I would love a clothesline, but the extra space in my yard is for our garden.

    I don't buy cheap toilet paper! I handwash dishes in a dishpan a few nights a week and use the water for my garden, the dish soap keeps the bugs away and the tiny food bits are great fertilizer, plus I save water.

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:33 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • I shop at Kroger's which is like a Shaw's. They have a website that you can activate your savers card on and put special coupons on it. I don't know if that was something obvious or what you were looking for? I like to buy stuff like toilet paper and paper towels in bulk.
    TigerBaby69

    Answer by TigerBaby69 at 10:09 PM on Jul. 13, 2010

  • I do a lot of my grocery at a restuarant supply store. The prices are very good, the catch it that most of it is in bulk. I have a neighbor that I split things with and there are a number of things like flour, sugar and beans that I buy in bulk because it keeps well.

    I do a lot of shopping for my boys at ralphlauren.com. A couple of times a year they have a VIP sale that gets me an extra 20% off everything, even clearance stuff. I am able to get nice t-shirts for about $5 each..plus free shipping. I like RL, they wear well.

    I have a bread machine and I make a lot of our bread, it is really easy and doesn't have the preservatives.

    My kids never eat the school lunch, it is $2.80 and is just junk. I pack them a lunch every day.

    In the summer we do most of our cooking outside. We have a grill with a burner, but I also use my crock pot, the bread machine, electric skillet, griddle and fryer outside.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:27 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • Once or twice a week have breakfast for dinner: yogurt with frozen blueberries & whole grain cereal or an omelet with veggies & a little bit of cheese with whole grain toast.
    Before you go to the grocery store, plan your meals & snacks for the next 8 days. Base your grocery list on your meal plan. Pull any necessary coupons. Eat before you shop. Buy only what’s on your list. The sales at the store are not to save you money, but to get you to buy more than you need; if you don't know for sure that you will use it in the next 3-4 weeks, don't buy it.
    If you would like some delicious, healthy & family/budget friendly recipes, feel free to contact me. -Robin
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:45 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • Cut back on everything as much as possible.
    mamaofficer

    Answer by mamaofficer at 2:10 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • Turn off the A/C and open the windows.
    Wash your clothes in cold water.
    Hang your clothes to dry, insead of using the dryer.
    Don’t buy paper towels or napkins
    Make at least some of your own cleaning supplies (this has the added advantage of getting toxins out of your home).
    Past the age of 2,the only beverage humans need is water; don't buy juice, milk, soda, etc., except as a special treat.
    Cook from scratch.
    Replace meat with beans, seitan, lentils & tofu.
    Cook dried beans instead of buying canned. Make your own seitan.
    Whole grains, like whole wheat pasta & brown rice, may cost more than simple grains, like white rice & pasta, but they are more filling &more nutritious, so they really are the better value.
    Frozen fruits & vegetables often cost less than fresh; they have the added advantage of having a longer shelf life & holding their nutrition longer.

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    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:44 AM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • I shop at CVS and use the extra rewards to buy medicine, vitamins and such. I go to Walmart 2 times a month and make my list so that I get what is needed only and nothing else. I buy most of the girls clothes at childrensplace.com and catch the good sales..there is one right now as a matter of fact! I shut off all the lights and TV's, etc while we are playing outside. I have only 4 nightlights in the house, hallway, girls room and our bathroom. I color my hair at home in the winter and go 8-10 weeks between cuts. Use my baking stone as much as I can, saves on tinfoil!
    ShelbysHope

    Answer by ShelbysHope at 12:10 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • blowing kissesthanks girls!! these are the answers i was looking for!!!

    rileymommy

    Comment by rileymommy (original poster) at 1:05 PM on Jul. 14, 2010