Last week, 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. Here are a few more ways that we save 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
Whether you’re looking for clothing, food, sports equipment or pretty much anything else, it’s a good idea to always check your favourite coupon site and see what’s new. These days, many 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.