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I've been thinking about savings, some of them small but they still count.
I found coffee filters that were 1/2 the cost I was using. Plus I only make as much coffee as we drink without waste. Along the same line I quit drinking iced tea. I now usually drink coffee, milk, and mostly water.
I found a few store brands I like as well or even better than name. Since I like to get in and out of the store quick this makes shopping easier. Though I do sometimes use a coupon if the savings are less. I usually just pick up the store brand when needed.
In the name of stopping food waste,(which I've had a lot of this week) I'm not stocking up as much.
That is all I can think of right now, though I know there are more.
What have you done to save money by changing the way you do it?
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Saving on groceries
|April 15 2012, 1:01 PM |
I've tweaked a lot of what I had been doing, compared to say, 5 years ago.
-bake my own breads/rolls/hot cross buns using ABM's
-make my own pizza, again thanks to freecycled or thrift store ABM's
-returned to home canning
-joined an organic, CSA (can and freeze surplus)
-reduced what little convenience foods I was buying
-coupons whenever possible, but have no qualms about store brands/off brands
-used Angel Food ministries for a few years until they closed last Fall
-shop Aldi's-some distance from my home, so I go once a month. they are building one only 30 minutes away in the city where I do most of my shopping, so that will be great
-continue to follow the pantry principal, to stockpile deals (got a larger chest freezer as well)
-currently we are eating down the stockpile for financial reasons
-buy marked downs: rolls/breads, meats, produce, grocery items
-always bring my own bags for credits towards my bill
-pretty much eliminated sodas to illness/pizza party night
-pretty much eliminated any eating out (except for traveling/vacation/celebrations)
-monthly (used to be only 1 week ahead) dinner planning
-bake almost all of our cookies (Aldi's fig bars and "oreos" are a bargain)
-Saturday soup or sandwich night to incorporate leftovers from earlier in the week
-stopped buying cold cuts, with rare exception (usually a coupon deal). Instead, I use home roasted meats
-frozen asset dinners made ahead and frozen: such as lasagna, turkey tettrazini, stuffed shells, meatballs, baked beans,etc
-stopped buying flavored bean coffee (even Aldis got to be too expensive!) although I recently did score a great deal on 8 o'clock hazelnut coffee
-serve less meat, stretch meat with beans, veggies, starch, etc
-stopped buying juice boxes (which were too small for my older kids anyway, so I'd need 2) and instead, I send refillable drink bottles to school
That's all I can think of for now.
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