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Earlier, I wrote about a few ways to stretch out the budget. No matter how much money you have (or don’t have) it’s always a good idea to set a budget and then stick with it. We always try to keep as much money in our jeans as possible. There is nothing wrong with being a tightwad! Saving more money is always a good thing.
Here are a few more ways that we are saving money every month
Buy on sale
Does your grocery store have a monthly case lot sale? If so, this is the time to stock up on the foods your family eats on a regular basis. We can save up to 45% buying our favourite soup in a case of 12, instead of buying the cans one at a time when they aren’t on sale.
We don’t eat very much processed food, but there are certain things we do buy. Building up a good supply of these items means that not only are we saving money on the cost of the actual item, but we save the gas money and time to make a weekly grocery store run.
Buy in bulk
Who here buys toilet paper when it goes on sale? I know I do; it’s something every single person needs and uses, unless you are looking into alternatives. I am not 🙂 However, whenever I am in the grocery store and I see a good sale on TP I buy at least two 12 packs and maybe more. I get teased a bit about it, but guess what? We never run out and I never pay full price. That’s a good deal in my book.
Start canning and preserving your own food or fresh food you can buy in bulk
Check out all our canning and preserving posts and start stocking up on food. Buy seasonally when it is much cheaper, can it and eat it all winter when produce prices are really high.
Stop spending money on new clothes
We don’t often buy new clothing. I still have things in my closet that I wore 15 years ago when I worked in an office and had to dress up. Good thing I have always tended to stay away from trendy and buy more tailored classic clothes, because they still haven’t gone out of style!
Sometimes, I go to thrift stores. They even have awesome sale days where sometimes you can fill a shopping bag for $1 or $2. How much better can it be? I can always find work clothes and even nice Tshirts, shorts and jeans, plus I am saving more money. If you are looking for something a little more dressy, hit up consignment shops. You can get beautiful clothing for a fraction of the retail price.
Read the store flyers – you will be saving more money
Whether you’re looking for clothing, food, sports equipment or pretty much anything else, it’s a good idea to always check your favourite store websites and flyers and see what’s new and on sale. These days, almost all the big box stores offer shopping online. It’s easy, you can get things on sale and lots of online stores offer free shipping! Another bonus is that you can just shop from home, instead of using fuel and valuable time to go to the store.
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