I save on groceries by going through the pantry, fridge, freezer and planning our meals in advance. Then, I get only the items needed to go with what we have on hand. This sometimes results in spaghetti for a week, but if that is what we have on hand, then pasta it is.
I always shop with a list and eat a snack first. Cuts down on impulsive purchases.
I cook our “snacks” at home. Brownies from scratch, homemade cookies. Tastes better and I can modify them to our specific tastes.
I use our slow cooker. Makes large meals that last for several meals. No ordering pizza at the last minute because we come home from work too tired to cook.
I bought the new long life bulbs. I keep the receipts in case one dies and I return them for replacement if they do.
I pay for the home warranty each year. Saves a bundle on so many things. Just the cost of the plumber ringing the door bell costs more than the entire deductible and everything is covered. Great savings.
Keep the cars maintained. Cheaper than repairing something major.
Don’t speed. Saves wear & tear on the car. Saves gas. Take the bus or walk where you can.
This is me!!! I am, or have become, so anti commercial that we recently decided against getting cable or satellite again even tho the finances actually permit it now! I just cant stand the thought of the commercials!!! AND the commercials are excessive on cable and satellite not to mention on regular TV. I just chose to not be a slave to that anymore. I feel better about myself. I watch what I want to watch when I want to watch it. I’ve been doing this(as well as my family) for about 7 years now and we are no worse for wear and we have’nt missed out on anything major. Our local libraries are completely up to date with the latest movies and tv show seasons/series. Its great! Its soo good as a matter of fact I gave up Netflix and Blockbuster too! I dont need them!
For example this week we are watching or have watched:
The entire first seasons of :
- Boston legal
- Two and a Half Men
Mind you all of the above are quick to watch because they are without commercial interruptions!
In recent weeks I’ve watched full seasons of:
- The Ghost Whisperer(all of them, I’m completely caught up)
- Desperate Housewives(all of them, I’m completely caught up)
- EveryBody Loves Raymond
The movies this week:
- 10,000 BC
- The Nanny Diaries
- I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
- Vantage Point
Not to mention the cooking shows
I’ve seen all of the Paula Deen shows (YouTube channel link) that have been released on dvd same with Rachael Ray and Ina Garten(Barefoot Contessa) as well as Alton Brown’s “Good Eats” I’m waiting on some of Giada Delaurentis’ Everyday Italian or whatever its called.
My Point is… I realized long ago that the money I spent on Satellite was better invested in buying DVD collections and movies that I like to watch and will watch again and the rest of the time the library fills the gaps! We have an extensive DVD collection that we’ve been gradually working on building for a few years now. I have zero need to watch cable or satellite because I feel I am basically paying for the commercials.