Have you dealt with financial adversity? Struggled with unexpected expenses, got laid off from your job, or like me have managed to keep your job but haven’t had a raise in six years? As promised earlier this week on my Facebook page I will be sharing lots more posts about saving money and frugality this coming year!
Are you not enamored with coupon clipping? Don’t have the time to shop all of the grocery stores? Do you get tired of keeping up a price book?
Here is a little game I play called “How Low Can You Go” it should also be called “How Long Can You Go?” as well. Since I work in a 10 month job for the school system one of the things I do is see how long I can go without buying something or how low I can get a price on something for and I also sell a bunch of stuff so I could also call this post “How Much Can I Get” but you get the point though. There are other fun games to play though like my friend Mr. CBB at Canadian Budget Binder’s Grocery Game. Just remember these are my strategies many of you already have your own but I love to challenge us to new goals each year and remember to visit new money-saving sites to keep adding to your wealth of money-saving ideas!
Here are some of my strategies in the How Low You Can Go Game.
- Buy meat when it’s on sale and stock in freezer.
- Make your own broths for soups, stews, and other recipes.
- If you don’t like to coupon use a blanket coupon at a store like 20% or 30% off take advantage of these savings
- Purchase paper towels when they are on sale with free shipping on Amazon or don’t use paper towels at all and re-use home-made napkins. Don’t like to sew you can always go to thrift stores and find cloth napkins for sale.
- Grow your own garden veggies and food from garden scraps and eat as many garden recipes as you can.
- Make your own pet treats.
- If you do eat popcorn make sure you pop it from scratch it is much cheaper and healthier than microwaveable options.
Here are also some of my strategies on the How Long Can You Go game.
- I purchased hand soap in bulk and I am at the end of it but it has lasted me almost two years although I do put out holiday soap I receive as gifts every year too. Buy other items in bulk that you use frequently in our case we love mushrooms so that would be an item we would buy in bulk.
- Trying not to purchase new bath towels just trying to see how long I can go but usually once they start getting holes I donate them to a local animal shelter.
- Fix your own appliances and try to learn new skills in other words how long can you keep that toaster lasting?
- Can you mix and match different clothing so you can continue to use clothes you already own?
- My husband recently oiled, sanded and glued all of our cutting boards getting them all in tip-top shape for lots of use for our Lil’ Suburban Homestead.
- Keep reference books you own in your library they may come in handy one day and you can loan them to friends and family rather than purchasing new books in the future.
- Save left over veggies for other fun recipes like mystery soup or a yummy frittata!
I realize these are only a few strategies and ideas but I hope that you will try one of them or all of them or share your favorite strategies with me! Have a great week everyone!
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