Each week I will be sharing a round-up of all the different ways I saved our family money. The purpose of this series is to highlight the fact that there are SO many different methods you can use to lower your overall budget that don’t involve mad-crazy coupon shopping.
I will even be mentioning those methods that may seem insignificant to you. I truly feel that anything that saves time is saving money in some form or another.
Coordinating and maximizing my shopping trips
There was nothing we “needed” this past week at Fred Meyer, although there were some good deals. I would not have made a trip, but we needed dog food and we have found the best price for us is at Fred Meyer. I took a quick peek at the weekly deals and picked up a few things while I was there.
I try to only shop once, maybe twice, per week. I’m not much of a deal chaser these days. What I do, however, is check out the weekly coupon deals only IF I’m going to the store for a different reason (to return something, to pick up a gift, etc). This saves me from making unnecessary trips and I’m never disappointed if the coupon deals are out of stock, since I had other reasons to make the trip to the store.
I hate wasting food, but I’m also not a huge fan of eating the butt ends of a loaf of bread. I keep a gallon Ziploc bag in the freezer that I throw all my extra bits of bread, including leftover hoagie rolls and even hot dog buns. Once the bag gets full, I chop everything up, toss with olive oil or melted butter and some seasonings and bake. Crazy inexpensive croutons and no waste!
Frugal family getaway
Our family took a wonderful overnight trip to Liberty Lake this past weekend that was planned entirely around frugal activities and deals I was able to find. Read more about our trip here. It was so nice to get away from the “daily grind” and enjoy relaxed time with my husband and kids. As relaxed as it can be with two toddlers, but still.
Another fabulous idea from Janice
Barter! She went berry picking with a friend and the farm’s strawberry season was pretty much done. They told her she was welcome to take a look and see what she could find. She offered to pay $1.25/lb instead of the regular rate of $1.75/lb, since they were on the last legs of the season and they agreed, which ended up saving an additional $5!
I’ll be honest, I’ve never been super comfortable bartering for anything. I can shop for a good deal all day long, but once it comes to actually negotiating, I leave that up to my husband. I love Janice’s idea here, I would never have thought to even ask.
I would LOVE to hear how you saved your family money this week. What methods do you find are the most efficient and effective?