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When it comes to saving money you have to give a few things up.
I know, no one wants to give anything up. But in an effort to save money you need to cut a few things out.
So where do you start? How do you know what to stop buying?
Start with where you are spending your money. Where do you shop? What do you buy? Do you over buy? Do all your groceries get used?
Are there items you can make instead of purchase? Do you compost or throw out a bunch of food every week that goes bad?
Spend the time and take a really good look at where you are spending your money.
Believe it or not we all buy more than we need.
We’re all human. “That chocolate dessert looks really good, those flowers would look great on the table.” Believe me we all fall victim to the grocery store marketing.
The key to saving money is to purchase only what you really need. This applies to bulk purchases to, only buy that large container of mustard if you are really going to use it.
Purchasing an item only because it is a great price and leaving it to go bad on the pantry shelf is not helping you save money.
How we started saving more money at the grocery store.
When our financial world got tilted sideways we had to take a long hard look at all the items we were spending money on. Honestly we were spending money on things we really didn’t need.
I didn’t need to buy four weeks worth of pastries when I could bake them at home and freeze them for later. Yes, I am one of those people who loves her freezer and uses it to save money.
I also didn’t need to buy all the “junk” foods everyone wanted. Keywords being junk and wanted. I needed to learn to say “NO”.
When you are trying to save money it isn’t about the want, it is about the need and honestly in today’s busy lifestyle it is hard to seperate the wants from the needs.
7 Things We Took Off Our Grocery List To Save Money:
1. Premade baked goods
I was spending crazy amounts of money on premade gluten free baked goods for half our family and regular pastries for the other half of our family. So we have opted out of buying gluten free baked goods and we now bake our own gluten free muffins and pastries at home. I do still buy regular pastries but in limited supply.
2. Deli meats
Sandwiches and lunch meat in our house were being wasted. I would send these great sandwiches but they would never get eaten. So we invested in an oven lunch box and lunch time has never been the same. Now, I send my husband with soups, stews, stir fry and so many other hot lunch meals.
3. Premade meals and single meat or food portions
Have you ever bought premade pizza or single steaks or premade meals from the deli? Stop doing it. You save so much more money by making your own pizza, purchasing multiple steaks or meat portions. And premade meals are great in a time crunch but they are bad on the wallet.
4. Paper products
When we started cutting back and re-evaluating our spending we also cut back on things we were wasting. We adapted a more zero waste mindset and got rid of most of our paper products. You won’t find paper napkins in your home or a large stock of paper towels. You will find lots of cloth napkins and kitchen towels and rags for cleaning up messes.
5. Plastic storage containers and straws
Plastic food storage containers can only be used for so long and honestly when it comes to the health of my family I prefer to use glass or stainless steel. We have invested in stainless steel tiffin containers that will last for years. I love them.
I am a straw girl. You can find me sipping iced coffee or iced tea with a straw but not a plastic one, we bought these great stainless steel straws you can toss in the dishwasher and use over and over again. They are great!
6. Store bought cleaners
Water, vinegar, essential oils and baking soda will replace all your store bought cleaners for a fraction of the cost.
7. Bulk portions
Yes, we have fallen victim to the bulk buy portion debacle. You know the one I am talking about. The “you think you need it, it is a really great price and you think you will use it up before it expires” idea.
I have tossed so many items because of faulty meal planning and grocery planning. Or due to over buying bulk items. So now we stick to portion control and only buying what we know we need.
Taking these seven items off our grocery list has helped us save hundreds of dollars each month.
Simply by cutting back and “giving up” a few items or opting to bake our pastries at home has helped us save money each and every month. Small actions creating big results.
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- 101 Super Frugal, Money Saving Tips
Have an amazing day,
Saving & Simplicity