Inquiring minds want to know: What do you do or do you cut back on to save money?
Coupon, match the coupons to sales. Eat out less, walk when I can, shop clearance.
Quoting endurablemist:Coupon, match the coupons to sales. Eat out less, walk when I can, shop clearance.
We shop second hand stores and the dollar store. We do not own a microwave so we cook less processed foods and smaller portions (little to no leftovers). We shop Costco once a month for bulk items like toilet paper, cat food, canned goods and juice boxes for dd's lunches. I pack her lunches for school instead of spending $2.00/lunch (it cheaper, she eats healthier foods, and doesn't have to waste time in the long line-up). We live in an apt, so playing at the pool and building sandcastles by the lake are free entertainment. Friday is family dinner and a movie night, when we make pizza or hot dogs and fries, and watch a film on Netflix. We RARELY eat out, maybe once a month, and we stick to places that let kids eat free (Steak n' Shake on weekends), I make my own cleaning products, baked good, and smoothies. For special treats, we have a make-your-own sundae afternoon and buy 1 container of ice cream, chocolate syrup and and candy toppings (that lasts us a few weeks, and is cheaper than 3 of us going to Dairy Queen once). We host pot luck parties for friends and neighbours fro inexpensive socializing - everyone brings a dish, and we chat and feast while the kids all play.
We don't eat out at all anymore. We shop at Aldi's or Save A Lot for most things.
All of the above and we cite the mantra "a penny saved is a penny earned". It all adds up over the year.
cook at home and plan my meals so that I can use and entire bag of potatoes or split the costco meat up.
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