Don’t have time for coupons but still have a tight grocery budget?
It is possible to save money without using coupons-I swear! At first the savings may seem small but eventually you’ll see the savings compound. You may even start eating better and even feeling better as a result. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to see a 50% savings immediately because when that doesn’t happen you may feel overwhelmed to go back to your old ways of spending. Here are a few ideas that I have found have worked well for me over the years and are easy to incorporate into my lifestyle.
- Soulard Farmer’s Market-open all year from Wednesday to Saturday prices here are considerably less than the grocery store. Fruits, vegetables, some organic, some not. Benefits are: get out and see your city, buy fresh flowers, enjoy a bag of mini-donuts or artisan cheese.
- Aldi- they don’t accept coupons but you’ll see a 30% reduction in your bill compared to buying the same products somewhere else. Run into the store for milk, eggs, bread and you’ll be very surprised. See my Aldi post here.
- Dollar Tree-did you know they have two aisles of food and many stores have a freezer section? They also accept coupons too just be careful to make sure that you’ve got the right size. In my experience they really scrutinize to make sure you’ve got the right size to the right coupon.
- Do some bulk cooking. If you’re making a dozen muffins then why not make 2 dozen? It doesn’t take any more time or space even in your oven! This way you’ve got breakfast and snacks for an entire week or more. This is an easy way to start small and see savings. And don’t forget to freeze them. Muffins freeze well. Try freezing them in bags in portions that you would like eat in two days or so. This helps to avoid having a bag of 12 muffins that you feel obligated to eat in a day or so.
- Use bars of soap instead of liquid handsoap-bars of soap are cheaper and last longer. Plus, they also use less packaging than liquid soap so it’s more eco-friendly.
- Line dry your clothes-In the last year I saved us $20 off our Budget Billing amount with our electric company. That’s $20/month! I have two drying racks in the basement as well as a clothes line. This has the added benefit of making clothes last longer. What do you think dryer lint is but bits and bits of your clothes. Plus, it’s also Earth-friendly to use less electricity. And you can even take it one step-further by making your own woolen dryer balls for times when you do need to use the dryer.