Today is just one of those days. Baby C is breaking in teeth, so he's not that happy of a camper.
They fertilized the lawn outside, so we're not supposed to go play.
It's been randomly raining, and I've already laid down and fallen asleep for a few minutes.
I decided it would be nice to write a post about saving some 'pennies'.
We're in the situation right now where every dollar counts.
We love anything FREE we can find. :)
So I thought I would focus today on saving money while grocery shopping.
I have seen so many tips on pinterest on how to do this, but this is what works for our family.
#1. I always make a list. Always. I have a little system, but I write down the days of the week, write in the meals, and then on the flip side, I write down what I will need. I estimate the prices of what I will need to give me a grand total. I find it is good for me to estimate before hand, because if I go over on my paper then I need to remove some items before I head to the store.
#2. Shop sales. I always read the weekly ads when creating my list. Sometimes shopping the sales means shopping at different stores. I have time to do this right now, but I understand that some people may not. I split my time between Smith's Marketplace and Sprout's Farmers Market. When grapes are on sale, I get those. When berries are on sale, I get those. You get the picture. :)
#3: Go in the morning. I just discovered this, and it's rocking my world. If you go to the store early in the morning, (thanks baby C! :)) they will have just marked down their meats, some cheeses and produce. I love this!!! You can save so much money on meat, and get better quality than what you are used to.
#4: Eat Clean. I need to do better on this, but making homemade things is cheaper and HEALTHIER than buying everything store bought. It may just be a dollar or two, but those dollars (and pennies) add up. With this, I understand that it takes more time to do homemade versions. Pick and choose your battles. For example, I'm okay to make homemade pizza crusts. I got a good recipe, and it's easy. I have time to do that. On the other hand, I don't know how to make homemade BBQ sauce. So it's bought. Pinterest, however, is giving us a wealth of information when it comes to homemade alternatives. If we all slowly started to switch one ingredient a month, it would save a lot of money in the long run. :)
#5: Utilize the store's coupon system. Smith's has online coupons that download onto your Smith's card. It is so nice!!! I just browse quickly through the coupons to see if anything is on my list. It usually saves me two to three dollars a time, which is not a TON, but it helps me stick to my budget. I have friends who do more coupons, which I think is great. For me, to simplify I use the online system.
Final thought that doesn't have to do with saving pennies :)