Commercial weight loss products and brand loyalty are a no-no for frugal minded individuals!!!
My husband and I have raised six children on a trimmed down budget routinely and have thrived in the process. We always shop in sink with weekly sales and maximize our efforts with coupons ... we save A LOT of $$$ throughout the year! When it makes cents, we buy bulk items and save in the long run.
We always have a fully stocked pantry because we buy multiples of items we regularly use when they are on sale. For those new to this process, it will take a bit of time and a little money to stock up but once you do and commit to the process you will seldom run short of your basics. It also becomes a security net for those times when the' unexpected takes a bite out of your budget!
Meats, poultry and fish are pricey! Once again shop weekly sales. If chop meat or chicken is the sale item buy one more packages than needed ... it adds up. We have a stand alone freezer and that allows us to take advantage of sale items. Not everyone has room for one but if you do and live in the US you can purchase one for little money from Craigslist.com.
I have found that cooking larger portions saves energy as well as $$$. Using your creativity to reinvent leftovers save $$$ as well!!! You can shred and stretch small amounts of meats and make a stir fry or casserole ... potatoes, rice, pasta are inexpensive fillers! Use your leftover bread to make bread crumbs. Even a slice or two will gradually fill a container. Make bread pudding.
Meatless meals ... breakfast for dinner save $$$ as well. Sandwiches made from leftovers is another alternative.
Buying the "no frills" brands can also save $$$. When fresh produce is cost-prohibitive, frozen veggies are frozen fresh and can be more economical than buying fresh produce. Store/generic brands and larger packages save $$$ as well.
We also stockpile coupons which allows us to maximize savings on sale items. Shampoo, deodorant, body wash, toothpaste, cleaning products etc. are purchased for pennies on the dollar ... and very often FREE!!!
To save $$$ you need to consistently commit to the process! A-Z ... whatever you need, there is always a way to save $$$ ... SEEK AND YE SHALL SURELY FIND!!! www.ppgazette.com/login.php
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