Using apps can save you some serious cash. I have been using Ibotta for over a year now. You can download it for both Android and IOS. (If you decide to downlod Ibotta, use referral code: oiwfxnr – this will pair us both together and we can earn more cash that way. I have earned a total of $207.15 CASH! You can get rebates on all sorts of healthy foods, including fresh produce.) I also use Checkout 51 (have only earned $14.00 though) and Walmart Savings Catcher to earn cash back.
Drink More Water
Most people think that coupons are only for convenience foods and such, but that simply isn’t true. You can find coupons for diapers & wipes, detergent, kitchen products, healthy frozen foods and more. If you have a favorite brand or two, check their website for coupons, or google to find coupons put out by your favorite brands. Not all will do them, but it’s not as hard to clip coupons for healthy items as it used to be.
Farmer’s Markets or Grow Your Own
A bag of beans or lentils are very inepensive & can happily feed you lunch or even dinner for a week, making them extremely cost effective. Many vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes & cucumbers also cost next to nothing. Garlic, onion, herbs & spices too. All of these things can be thrown together for a week’s worth of salads or dinners mixed with other favorites.
Make Your Own
Homemade is usually best, and also allows you some control in what goes into the final product. In addition, it winds up saving you money over time because you buy ingredients that extend beyond a one time use. One loaf of bread from the store is going to be $1.50 each time you buy it. Making your own homemade bread requires buying some ingredients inititally, but the savings across the board and being able to make two loaves each time you back, makes a huge difference. We also make our own homemade bagels and our own homemade flour tortillas!
At the beginning of the week, decide what you will be making for the week ahead. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be covered, including snacks. This will help you stick to a plan, budget and when you are meal prepping, you can even purchase items in bulk or larger than you normally would (and save money that way), and stretch the item for more than one or two meals.
Meal Plan Around Sales
Plan your meals around sales that are happening that week. If there is a 10 for $10 deal on something, see if you can utilize those items in a few meals that week. Watch for sales on meat that can be frozen too. You can purchase ahead and have it for an upcoming meal plan.
Don’t just look at your favorite stores either. Check out the sales ads for all your local grocery stores, and try to purchase what you can find on sale at each of those stores, incorporating those items into your upcoming meals.
Grow Your Own
If you find yourself using a lot of a specific vegetable or herb, grow your own. Over time it is the most cost effective way to save money. If you are short on space or don’t have a lot of yard space for a garden, try container gardening. It’s portable and takes up for less space. Choose your favorite items and grow only the ones you love.
Use a List
List shopping is imperative to saving money. It will keep you on track and help you stick to a budget. You won’t be as tempted to add last minute items, or impulse buy’s because you are only shopping from your list which is a list of the most important items for that week.
This one is debatable. If you find yourself using a lot of a particular item, usually buying the item in a greater size will wind up saving money in the long run. I am a food blogger and go through a lot of flour and eggs in a week, so I tend to purchase the largest size I can when I pick these items up. I wind up saving about $10 or so per shopping trip when I don’t have to keep buying these items continuously. But be careful too, because if you don’t plan to use up something before it expires, you can wind up wasting money by having to toss it out.
Do you have any great money saving tips to help others? Leave them in the comments below!