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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.

Help please?

Thank you,

X-posted to my journal laurakain

From: ex_mkthudso
2005-09-21 12:09 am (UTC)

Sunday paper

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).

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[User Picture]From: laurakain
2005-09-21 05:36 am (UTC)

Re: Sunday paper

No close by co-op unfortunately, but there is a small local health food place where I'll be doing some bulk buying ... Thanks!
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From: stellas_terra
2005-09-21 12:48 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: laurakain
2005-09-21 05:38 am (UTC)

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!
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From: magicdoula
2005-09-21 04:45 am (UTC)
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 :).
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[User Picture]From: laurakain
2005-09-21 05:41 am (UTC)

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!
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From: magicdoula
2005-09-22 02:11 am (UTC)
We still end up saving money even with the gas!!! It makes such a big difference with the stuff that we buy :).
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[User Picture]From: laurakain
2005-09-22 04:20 am (UTC)

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? :)
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From: magicdoula
2005-09-22 03:37 pm (UTC)
Uh, no. LOL.
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[User Picture]From: medusasbedhead
2006-09-24 04:50 pm (UTC)
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!
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