Shop at Aldi. :-)
Subbing. We're on one income atm and soon to be no income if dh cant find a new job soon.
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Start writing everything down that you spend. I am definitely spending less since doing this. The government have a free app and website for budgeting and it is excellent.
weused to be very silly with money but slowly we are getting better. My DP likes meat so I have had to find ways to make it go further like stir fries, mince dishes and chicken mince tacos rather than have steak or a whole chicken breast each.
ebay is great. I have sold heaps on there and use the money to buy my clothes and gifts if things are tight.
Subbing.... Going from two incomes to one is a little tight lol
There are some awesome ideas and tips here
use more rice/pasta & veggies in your meals and eat less meat. Eg. when we were frivolous, we used to use a full 500g of mince in something for the 3 of us, but now I spread that across two meals.
Freeze any leftovers in single serve portions, for those nights you can't be stuffed cooking dinner. Saves money on takeaway, and prevents leftovers being left in the fridge to go mouldy.
Go through grocery store catalogues and only buy items that are on special (that you can't get cheaper in another brand or is not cheaper full price at another store) of course within reason if you really need something.
Stock up on non-edible sale items when they are on sale (eg. laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, soap, feminine products, etc.) Avoid buying them when not on special unless absolutely necessary.
make soup for dinner sometimes. so much cheaper than other meal types.
buy in bulk where you can. If you go onto pinterest you can find many plans for freeze-ahead meals that rely on buying only once a month and doing a big cook-up to freeze and spend the month consuming.
General money saving
- colour your own hair and wear a long style that only needs a trim every 3-6 months.
- don't wear makeup, perfume or use any skin products beyond a washcloth and basic moisturiser.
- ditch any manicures/beautician - DIY if vital.
- don't throw dinner parties or eat out/take away.
I find all of the above can easily blow the $20-40 each week you've painstakingly shaved off your grocery bill for the past month in one go.
More little savings
- pack your own lunch, go for a family picnic rather than cafe lunch on the weekend.
- drink only tap water for cold drinks.
- get the bucket out when your car needs a wash.
Shop online and shop in bulk (with meat anyway). Saves heaps.
If something is on special that is a non-perishable (i.e toilet paper, toothpaste etc) and you know you will use it, buy a few.
Have a leftovers night/or a pantry night every week. Particularly on those nights when you don't feel like cooking.
Last edited by Wally90; 12-04-2014 at 20:41.
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