Essie at The Accidental Mommy inspired me today. Her instructions are:
Too True Tues(day) is your time to tell it like it is! Let the truth be known. Sing it loud, sing it proud. It is your chance to confess, let out your embarrassing secrets, and share with the world. Let it all out and let the truth set you free. This week, tell us how cheaptastic you can be. Now, everyone buys store brand toilet paper and aspirin when funds get tight. That doesn’t count, I am afraid you are going to have to dig deeper. Buying generic cereal and putting it in an empty box of Cocoa Puffs for the kids type of deeper.
I have lots of tight wad hints on cooking. When I use a box mix (bought at double or triple coupons) for a rice or pasta dish, I add extra water and rice or pasta to make it go farther.
I have an upright freezer and never buy meats and freezer items unless they are on sale. Then I stock up.
I shop at the Aldi’s in our town about every 6 weeks and stock up on groceries bigtime. It saves about 40 percent without having to use coupons.
I make my menu plan based on what is in my pantry and freezer. I then only buy what is on sale at the grocery.
I shop at my local CVS and follow blogs which show me where to clip coupons and the best deals for Extra Care Bucks. I get tons of things for free or at very low cost.
We sell Attraction books for our homeschool as a fundraiser and then use the coupons in the book whenever eating out (which is rarely).
I rarely, rarely, purchase new curriculum for our homeschool, instead shopping yard sales and book sales or used online shopping for the materials. I also have passed down through the last 16 years.
My younger two kids have play clothes (marked with a P and everything) that they wear outside and have permission to ruin! This way I don’t have to worry about their nicer stuff. I buy nothing new, except maybe underwear and socks 🙂 Everything is either passed down, yard sale finds or thrift store bargains. I also have a lost sock bag that becomes a chore when someone is having a really bad day. They then get to sort through the tons of socks that are in there. FUN!
I scrapbook and have bought tons of paper/stickers etc. at a yard sale for $20, probably over $1000 worth of supplies. Beat that!
That’s all I can think of. Love to save a buck!