Tips to Save Money

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Do you ever say I saved $14 on this pair of pants or I bought this or that to save money? Guess how you can save the most money of all? Not buying anything! I know you have to have food, but if you are strategic about how you shop, you can save a ton of money. Check out these tips to save money.

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Tips to Save Money

One of the best reasons you save money by staying out of the store is that you don’t make impulse buys. Every time you go to the grocery store, you’re at risk of buying things your family doesn’t need. This is one of the best tips to save.

The store is set up to trick you into a few add-ons at the register. They have their products strategically placed to get you to make more purchases. Even the music at the store is chosen to make you want to relax and enjoy and BUY MORE!

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Ways to save

Another way you can save money by shopping less is on gas. It costs money every time you start up that car. It may be more difficult to bring home the bulk of your shopping needs only once a month instead of once a week, but it will save you big in the long run. Wasted trips to the store add up on your gas bill.

Guess what is a really great side effect of this? You save TIME as well. If you add up how long it takes you to run to the store every week for supplies, that’s a big chunk of your year. If you make a bigger trip once a month and buy in bulk, you get cheaper prices, make fewer purchases you didn’t plan and have a ton of extra time to spend doing something to enjoy more.

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How to spend less money and save more

If you only do your main shopping monthly, you can buy your staple items in bulk. A month’s worth of cereal or crackers for the kids is a lot. You can get big bags of flour or tubs of cookies for the kids and save money big time. You can divide big packages into smaller containers like mason jars and freeze them or store them in the cupboard depending on what they are.

We buy everything once a month to save money and just go out once a week and grab some milk and produce at Braum’s or some other store that only carries those things. I even send my husband there on his way home from work so we save more time and money on gas since it’s on the way.

When I buy in bulk, I also save on packaging. I hate the idea of all the packaging from my products going into the landfill. We recycle as much as we can and buy as little packaging as our products come in.

Taxes are a big headache for childcare. I LOVE the effect of shopping once a month versus every week on my tax work. I just have 12-14 receipts to log instead of 50 or more. It’s another great time saver. It cuts down on papers I have to store as well. I have been doing this for the past two years and it makes a HUGE difference in my tax prep times! It’s a great side effect of these tips to save your money.

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How to spend less money on food

In order to be able to shop only once a month (excluding fresh produce and milk), you have to get organized. I use my daycare menu to make a shopping list of anything I need to make what’s on it. Each month on grocery shopping week, I pull out the list and check around the house for what I need more of for that month.

Then I add anything special I need for something I plan to make that’s not on the menu. I make most of what we eat homemade, so there are a lot fewer ingredients needed than you might think to make most everything we eat. Click here to see how I save time and money with pantry cooking.

Tips to save on groceries

My daughter even joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) to save money where she picks up a produce basket once a week. This has cut her shopping needs way down and allowed her to shop once a month or less for other things. This is a great idea. If we had one here, I would jump on that. In the summer, we grow a lot of our own produce, so that cuts down on fresh food shopping. We can also get what we can’t grow at the farmer’s market.

Even if you can’t pare your shopping trips down to once a month, if you are shopping nightly, try going once a week. If you shop weekly, try every other week. You’ll get the hang of it before you know it.

You might be able to go even longer than a month between trips. Feeding and caring for 9 people in my house, I’m not sure if I could drag home food and supplies for more than 4 weeks, but I wouldn’t mind giving it a try. I HATE going to the store. I enjoy doing it as little as possible!

Tips to Save Money

Every little bit adds up. You can save a ton of money AND time if you put a little thought into how you do things. This is just one way that can really help.

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  1. Me too, me too, me too! I dislike spending money – and really dislike shopping at Walmart. If there was a way I could have all the organic produce I regularly buy delivered right to my home I would, but I get some at Costco and some at Grocery Outlet and some at the local grocers. I bought the most beautiful organic pink lady apples today, and am so excited to eat them.

    You are right that if you don’t shop, you don’t spend. I’m doing my best to do that too!

  2. Valerie says:

    Love this. We can learn to make do and mend. I try to keep my hubby out of convenience stores and the dollar store. It really adds up.

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