|on the cheap :)
||[Sep. 20th, 2005|05:22 pm]
I see this community hasn't been doing much talking, but I signed up before I realized that ... Maybe we can all chat! :)|
I am beginning to brainstorm money-saving tricks/lifestyle choices I could start doing to save us some money while we're not pulling much in. (Not that we ever pulled that much in, believe me - things just suddenly seem a lot tighter...)
My husband and I moved so he could begin an internship, and I haven't been able to find a job yet.
This is what I have so far:
*Stop using credit cards (well, unless major emergerncy occurs)
*Do whatever odd job I can find
*Stop impulse buys like soda, magazines, etc at checkout
*Continue to buy store brands
*Clip coupons??? (where can I get some? anyone know sites?)
*Use what I already have on my shelf
*Less movie renting?
What are some good ideas that help you pinch pennies? I don't buy all organic food, but I do like to give pref to whole/organic foods, so prices tend to be a lil steeper. And living in a small town, that is true in general. I don't really want to compromise too much on that... but I am open to other suggestions on how to do things with less pocketbook strain.
X-posted to my journal laurakain
It's pricey, but there usually are a plethora of grocery store coupons in there.
As far as organic/whole foods, is there a co-op close by? My local shop has a small membership fee (I think $15/year) and lots of bulk foods (buying in bulk = savings).
No close by co-op unfortunately, but there is a small local health food place where I'll be doing some bulk buying ... Thanks!
you can get movies from the library for free...usually they have an inter-loan system that is quite extensive.
buy in bulk. join a buying club...go to http://www.unitedbuyingclubs.com
and request a list of established clubs in your area.
grow a garden or shop at a local farmer's market for deals and can your own food...peruse neighborhoods for fruit trees in people's yards that are loaded down with fruit...offer to pick their tree for a percentage of the fruit in return...can the excess.
if you are not vegetarian, eat less meat and substitute with lentils and other beans or supplement a meaty meal with them.
take aluminum to the recycling center for $$.
there are tons more ideas out there but that's all that came to mind at this exact moment.
Thank you for your ideas! I have been searching some lentil recipes as I know how to only make a lentil soup and a mexi-lentil casserole dish ... We're vegetarians, yes.
We've been blessed with parishoners who are sharing the fruits (er, or veggies) of their garden labors, so that has helped a lot. Thanks for that URL also... I will look into that!
My mantra while shopping: "do I NEED this?"
We travel nearly an hour to get to a Trader Joe's because the food is SO much cheaper there. It's well worth it!
I started renting all of our movies from Netflix.com. It saves us a lot and we tend to stay home much more to watch the movies that we need to :).
Ahh, yes, do we really need much of anything? ;) Tsk tsk ... I know the answer to that one, I'm afraid.
I recongized your LJ SN because I was linkinglinkinglinking around last night and learning about unassisted/home/non-traditionalbirth and stuff like that. What a fun thing that you're also in the frugaluxe community! :) Thanks for your ideas, though I'm afraid the gas is a bit too costly to hop in the car and go far regualarly. Let's hope it goes down sometime soon again!
We still end up saving money even with the gas!!! It makes such a big difference with the stuff that we buy :).
Wow, that's impressive! And I have a weird question for you... I looked at your SN and started singing to myself "magicadoula ... bippidy boppity boo." Now, I doubt the words to the old cinderella song are quite that, but it made me laugh and wonder if you intended a play on words ... Considering that song is all about fairy tale magic? :)
Hi! I'm new to this comm, but thought I'd put in my two cents anyway! In addition to the above suggestions that I was thinking of (buying in bulk, Sunday paper coupons,) you can also get some good (and cheap!) recipe ideas from this website
, and the attendant cookbook "Vegan With A Vengeance." The recipes are almost all really easy to make, excellent, and CHEAP! I was surprised at how well I can eat for how long on that stuff! Good luck!