I’m taking a little bit of a difference approach this week on my blog. I have tons of topics that I want to talk about but I do not feel like it is the right time to bring them up and I only write when I feel prompted to. So this week I want to share with you how my husband and I save money!
Saving money in our family is must seeing how we only have one income coming in and would like to keep it that way. We feel that there are ways to live with one income it’s just what you are content in with life. We do not need a fancy car or a fancy TV all we care about is that we have a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs and food in our bellies!
Alright so the number one area we try our best to save money in is FOOD! Food can be so costly these days and with just a little knowledge and tricks you can save a ton!
1. Check your local flyer’s for deals, case lot sales etc. If you don’t get the paper at your place go online and check the online flyer’s.
2. Compare your vegetable markets to your grocery stores. Most of the time you can find that at your local market is almost 10cents less a pound for some vegetables.
3. Search for coupons on the web, in the newspaper and in your mail. Here are some of the Canadian web sites that I get most of my coupons from. We have saved a bunch from these. It’s even better when you use them when the item is already on sale!
and this one I just came across the other week. They give you links for hidden coupons on some of the above sites and more! http://www.savealoonie.com/
4. Never go shopping when you are hungry! When you do, things tend to end up in your cart that you weren’t planning on getting like, chips…candy…junk food..lol
5. If you live close to the border in Canada go to the states for milk and cheese! Way cheaper almost by 2-3$ some times.
6. Meal plan!! Meal planning is awesome. It makes sure you always have a plan for dinner so your not stuck trying to figure it out and then it gets so late you end up getting take out. It also makes you utilize everything that you have so there is less waste.
The next area we try and save money is in ENTERTAINMENT.
1. We never rent new releases or download movies. We head to our local library and rent from there. If you have a library card then you can even go online and request movies and books. And yes, even new releases!
2. If you attend church and they have a library check out from them!
3. Use your airmiles for movie deals, like two for one. Or other vouchers for restaurants. Or instead of going to that classy theatre try a not so fancy one where everything is way cheaper but you get to see the same movie at half the cost. Even if it’s an extra 15 mins away, I’m sure you’ll be saving way more by driving the extra 15 mins.
4. Plan simple dates. Like walks in the park with some hot chocolate or tea and watch the sunset.
5. Make a games night, like cards or a board game.
6. Set aside some money each paycheck for a more fancy night out, plan ahead 😀
7. If you can, go on a weekday. Weekends are always so much more busy and things can sometimes be cheaper on a weeknight.
The #3 area we try and save on is, FUEL.
1. Go to the USA to fill up if you can
2. Or again, use those airmiles
3. Try and plan a trip into the city where you have to do a few things instead of going one day for one thing and then going again a few days later to do another thing. Try and clump it all together if you can.
4. If it’s close enough, walk 😀
And the last area we try and save is, BABY STUFF
1. Always buy second hand! Kids grow out of things way too fast to buy brand new. The only time we buy brand new is if we can’t find it second hand or we have gift cards or the deal is just too good to pass up.
2. Ross dress for less in the states is an amazing place to find deals! Not only for baby/toddler clothes but for everything else from kitchen stuff, clothes for yourself and hubby and more!
And that my readers is the ways we save money! Hopefully you’ve come away with some great tips to save yourself and your family money!!