Use 1lb ground meat and lots of veggies to make 4 different meals! Add bulk with lots of different veggies (shredded or chopped). You get up to 4 servings per meal (approx. 12-16 servings). I stretch meat and save money too. I do the same with boneless chicken breast and boneless pork. Some weeks I get 12-14 individual meals that I would add different side dishes, salads or more veggies too! All my lunch & dinner entrées for the week done!!
This is a great money-saving move! Pick one day per month (or week) to clean out the pantry/fridge/freezer. Go over what you have and get creative to make something from it. Make soup, casserole, stir fry, whatever you can think of. If you can stretch it to a week, more power to you! It prevents older food from going to waste and saves you from a grocery run for one more day.
I plan out the night before exactly what I'm going to eat the next day, for all five meals. That way, I know my nutrition intake already, and I can tweak things as needed if I have too many carbs or not enough protein.
For years, I have tried packing my lunch to save $$ and eat better, but I'm terrible at sticking with it because I HATE washing tupperware. So, I bought a bottle of dishsoap for the office and leave it in the lunch room. Washing my tupperware at work on my lunch break means it's ready to use again as soon as I get home. The $2.95 I shell out for the dishsoap more than makes up for the $$ I was spending on lunch, even when other people use it and I have to replace it more frequently. Try it!
I'm sure you've seen all those dollar stores that seem to have sprung up everywhere! Well, guess what? They really DO save you money. If you are a sharp shopper, you can find many wonderful bargains at dollar stores. Bags of chips for a party - $1. Brand name over the counter medicines - $1. Fun gifts for a child - $1. Candles to decorate your house - $1. Holiday items - $1. Don't miss out on these wonderful savings
Saturate your hands first by using a good lotion on your hands before applying your top of the line high dollar anti-aging wrinkle creams and serums. Your hands won't soak up the product intended for your face and you'll begin to notice a little goes a long way.
We talk about buying things in bulk, but sometimes hesitate when there is just one in the house. Even though salsa is a GREAT condiment to use/ low cal and adds great taste, sometimes I don't use it fast enough. I CAN put it in my chili or soup to add punch and a bit of FRESH, too so there is no waste.
Just because an item is on sale in the ad doesn't mean the store has the correct sale price in their computer system. When checkout clerks are instructed to be as fast as possible it is easy to miss if you've been charged the wrong price. When you are buying a sale item from an ad, cut the ad info out and bring it with to prove to the clerk if it rings up wrong. Even if only 1 item in 100 is wrong, it still might cost you significantly.
If you are a member of AARP or know someone who is, check out the August/September 2011 AARP Bulletin for a pull-out section featuring 99 ways to save money. Notbody can do all 99, but I'm sure you will find at least a few you haven't thought of before.
I'm the only coffee drinker in my household. A full pot of coffee encouraged me to drink more than I wanted/needed. The single cup coffee makers (like Keurig) seemed expensive. And don't get me started on "premium" coffee shops!
Are you shrinking out of your wardrobe, but don't want to buy new clothes because you're still losing? Organize a clothing swap with your friends. Plan a party where everyone brings clothes they no longer want. Set all the clothes out, and everyone gets to "shop" amongst the clothes. If two people want the same item, play rock/paper/scissors to determine who gets it. It's a great "girl's night" event, and a great way to refresh or "downsize" your wardrobe for free!!
Whenever I write a check or use my debit card, I round up the amount to the nearest $5.00. For instance, if the amount spent was $12.99, when I balance I round it up to $15.00. This way I have money hidden in my account and overtime it helps protect me from overdraft charges. Every month, add up what you "saved". I call it "my stash"
I've worked for a very wealthy man for over 24 years! He STILL uses coupons, believe it or not. That said, I started seeking his advice and the advice of others, like Dave Ramsey and Clark Howard. As a result, I am totally DEBT FREE and have almost a quarter of a million dollars in the bank. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GET SMART & GET CHEAP!
make sure you are not hungry before you go to the supermarket. when you are, you are very likely to buy more sweets and fatning foods that you can eat quick. what you didn't buy you cannot eat at home, so you are less tempted
I have an L shaped living/computer room. I always have a light by my birds cage and the tv on all the time when I'm awake and home. When I am on the computer or elsewhere other than in front of the tv I can turn off the light and tv and bring the bird to her play-stand next to me at the computer. She enjoys knowing where I am and I get to save on my electric bill. I even got a "Clapper" with a remote so I can turn the light on before I get to the dark part of the room.
If your trying to save money on your grocery bill then try a local Latino or Asian dominate store. My husband and I found a Spanish grocery store that has great prices on fish, chicken, and fresh turkey. The store even had marinated items for under $2 a pound and they were good quality products.
save money and time on fresh veggies buy getting them from the salad bar in smaller portions. you can also buy fresh pizza toppings, salad toppings etc. when you only need a little bit of something check there first!
Add a 0-cal flavor to your coffee with some almond milk instead of hitting the coffee shop! I like Torani's 0 calorie Hazelnut or Chocolate flavoring syrup with 1/2 cup (20 cal) almond milk in a strong brewed-at-home cup of coffee. Save 4 bucks, and plenty of cals!