I want to give a big Internet hug to everyone who posted comments on Living on Less. There were so many great tips and I’m thankful you all took the time to share with all of us. I took your advice and got a Sunday paper that had tons of coupons. I had no idea! I made my grocery list for the week and tried not to buy anything that wasn’t on that list. I usually go to the store with a few things in mind that I need and then just grab anything else that sounds good at the time. Not the best grocery strategy. So after my shopper card and coupons I saved $11.63. Hooray!
I thought I would also share some of the things that I have come up with to try and save money, since you all shared with me. I don’t have a lot of techniques but one thing I am conscience of is keeping things unplugged when they aren’t in use. I can’t honestly tell you what this has saved on our electric bills because I didn’t keep track, but I know that your appliances still use energy so long as they are plugged into the outlet. So unless I’m using it, I unplug lamps, toaster, coffee maker, etc. I also make sure I turn off the porch lights when I wake up in the morning and only keep them on when needed overnight.
Also, since I got a great coffee maker for Christmas a couple of years ago, I rarely ever stop at the convenience store on the way to work. I cannot imagine how much money I would waste in a year by picking up $1 coffees 4-6 times a week.
That’s all I’ve got really, I’m going to hopefully continue to grow this list of ways to live cheaper and whatever I come up with I will share. This month is the first month of a new budget strategy I am trying out which I think will work great at our house. If it goes well I will share it with you. Keep those Living on Less ideas comin’!
*FYI, I’m hosting a giveaway that ends on Thursday night, there aren’t very many comments so your chances of winning are high!
Sher Bailey is a writer in the Midwest who believes the power of humor, Mod Podge, and grandkids can fix most problems in life. You can find her at SherBailey.com.