Inspired by another thread, thought I might start this. I would imagine something like this has been done before, but thought I'd give it a shot anyway.
It appears so many people are living on very tight budgets...so I thought I might suggest a few ways to decrease spending and increasing savings...
Food and Groccery Shopping.
In and around the home
- Meal plan. You don't have to do it day by day, but if u sit down and work out a rough meal plan for 7 main meals you wont be as tempted to buy impulsively or eat takeaway
- write a list of everything you need from the shops and stick to it
- utelises fruit and veg markets, often their produce is alot cheaper and generally fresher and tastes way better
- Check prices.... did u know that the chicken breast you find already packaged in the cold meat section averages $14/kg, yet if you walked over to the deli, the chicken breasts there average $9.99/kg... that's a big difference. The same goes for things like, sliced cheese, bacon and cheerios.
- buying pre bought sliced and diced meat is way more expensive then taking the extra 5 minutes to cut it up yourself
- things like pikelets and scones are great instead of buying bread all the time, and very cheap to make
- Tortilla chips are a much healthier option then potato chips, and easy and cheaper to make also.
- Definately take the time to look at cheaper electricity companies....and always ask for a discount....if u think ur getting ripped off, ring them and tell them ur going somewhere else, I bet they can help you out then!
- If u have to use things like dryers and dishwashers, always try and do it during the non peak times, makes a big difference in costs
- Turn everything off at the walls - I saved $120 on my bill doing this.
Feel free to add ur own money savings ideas to this thread as well, these a just a few of my gosspel rules! the ones I live by on a day to day basis.
- Use a slow cooker! I swear these things are god sends. You can do things from soups and stews, right through to even just putting some mince and a spaghetti sauce in their to cook at lunch time so its ready at dinner time.
- Bulk things up with vegies. The other day I bought a Peanut Satay stir fry sauce, when I cooked it up I realised that there was no way it was going to feed the 4 of us, so I threw in some cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and green beans....and wella, we had leftovers!
- Have a cheats meal....a meal that u have all the ingredients for all the time that u can through together at the drop of a hat.... mines a packet of curried chicken pasta mix, a tin of tuna and a cup of frozen mixed veg, in the microwave for 10 mins and wella!