You all know that I love coupons! I use coupons daily in all aspects of my life, but saving money isn’t all about using coupons. I’ve put together a list of other ways my family saves money.
–We use CASH! Paying in Cash has been the most beneficial off all my money saving strategies. Paying with cash hurts and when it’s gone, it’s GONE!
–We avoid going out to eat! Although I love going out to eat, it’s expensive. Don’t get me started on fast food and how crazy the price is for that for junk. I’m not saying we don’t eat it on occasion; sometimes convenience over rules.
–I like to cook and participate in Freezer Cooking Day on a small scale. I can’t tell you how many times grabbing something from the freezer at the last minute has saved me. Oh, last night. I swore I’d taken out the turkey sausage. I just grabbed a container of chicken soup from the freezer and dinner was served!
–We find free or cheap entertainment. I’ve been working on an events/kids fun page which has been very helpful to me. Sunday we will be taking the kids to Portsmouth City Park for the boat races. It’s FREE, outside so the kids can run, and I’ll pack a picnic for lunch.
–We have weekly dinners with friends. We have friends with kids the same age, so we get together on Friday nights at one of our houses for dinner. Everyone contributes to the meal and the kids get to run and play all night. Although there is some cost, it’s minimal and a fun night out for all!
–We drink water! We don’t buy a lot of juice and rarely buy soda. My hubby and I can’t control ourselves if soda’s in the house, so I just don’t buy it! We do drink a lot of milk but the beverage of choice around here is water.
–I avoid too many shopping trips. I LOVE to shop, but I know my weaknesses. I have to be very careful in Target. It’s so easy to walk in an spend $100, so I limit my trips there and go with a list. Unless it’s free or at a rock bottom price, I stay way.
I have a list of other ways we save money, but I thought a Part 2 on Earth Day would be nice. A majority of my money saving strategies are also beneficial to our planet.
How do you save money?