With the current economic situation, we are all looking to save a little money. Whether that means cutting back on our trips to the malls, or not getting that new car yet.
We are trying to do everything we can to not spend the entire amount of our paychecks, just a few days after receiving them. But are we doing enough?
The following are a few tips on how to save money on eating out, buying groceries, and the like. Some of them you have probably heard before, or perhaps you haven’t.
Either way, by following these tips, you might save enough to do something really fun, like paying a little on your credit cards.
Also there are a few just for fun tips, that you might want to try with your family and friends. They could help you save as little more money, and they are entertaining as well.
#1. Use Coupons and Ads
I know everyone says it; but using coupons and ads really can save you money. Even if you are one of those folks that feel that coupon clipping is too hard, or undignified, the savings will almost certainly win you over.
All you have to do is grab your local Sunday newspaper, a pair of scissors, and a friend (so you can trade coupons), and get started. Once you have your coupons cut, remember to organize them into a file folder, by type or by brand, which ever you prefer.
Ads are also found in your local Wednesday and Sunday paper. A few major stores such as Walmart, will honor other stores’ ads.
Fun Tip* Why not have your mom, sister, or girl friends over for a nice, friendly game of poker. But instead of money play with coupons, Mr. Mom (1980’s movie with Michael Keaton)style. That way you can get rid of some of the coupons you can’t use, and win a few you can.
#2. Shop and Share
Some stores like Sam’s Club and Costco, sell larger quantities of just about any food you can imagine. All you need is a membership card (sign-up prices vary on what level of membership you want), and you can shop all you want.
But wait you say, My family can’t eat a six pound bag of chicken, or a ten pound bag of popcorn. Well that would be where the sharing part comes in. Grab yourself a friend or two, and shop for all of your households at one time. You end up spending about the same amount that you would anyway, and you get a fun day of shopping with the girls.
Fun Tip* Instead of sending all of the kiddos out to the movies, and spending $7.00 or more on each ticket, you can buy a fifty pound bag of popcorn at Sams for $10.00.
Then set up a projector in the garage, or have a block party and invite all of the neighbors out, to watch a family friendly movie.
#3. Use up Those Leftovers
Another great way to Another great way to save a little money on food, is to use up leftovers. You know what leftovers are right, those bits and pieces of food that sit in the refrigerator for weeks. But there are great things that can be done with said food, instead of just throwing the it away.
Left over roast chicken, vegetables, and rice or potatoes can make a delicious chicken soup. Still have a little of last night’s salad? Add it to shrimp,canned tomatoes, garlic powder, and noddles for a nutritious dinner. Or serve it with hamburger meat seasoned with taco seasoning, cheese, chips and guacamole, and you will have a Mexican fiesta.
And don’t forget about the fruit in your refrigerator bins. Mix apples, oranges, pineapple, and whipped cream to make a yummy fruit salad. Or use fruit to make healthy toppings for ice cream sundaes. Try visiting web sites like kraft.com, for more recipe ideas.
Tip* Why not try once a week, heating up all of the leftovers in the refrigerator (that are still good of course, please don’t feed your family that questionable, fuzzy green thing) and let your family have a smorgasbord. Let your family mix and match their own meals, and eat what they want. On the plus side, you won’t have to cook that night.
Saving money on food does not have to be intimidating, or mean that you cannot eat what you want. It simply takes a little creativity, and imagination to make it work. Save those coupons, or try out new recipes with your leftovers, and watch the savings add up.
Blessings, Peace, and Success!