- Bring your own bag, especially if you get a credit!
- Buy things on sale
- Use high-value coupons
The biggest target for saving is in the food and grocery area. The reason is simple. We spend about 20% of our money on food. We're making decisions about buying food all the time.
A pricebook is an invaluable tool. It's a simple listing of items that you purchase regularly (i.e. milk, bread, ground beef, etc) and the lowest price that you've paid for it recently. The most effective pricebook includes one sheet for each item with the store name, date and low price recorded.
Since loss leader sale items appear on the front and back of sales circulars, I can create the price book at home without even going to the store!
Taking the pricebook to the store allows us to quickly identify real sales. That gives us the opportunity to stock-up on an item when the price is right.
I'm saving my brown eggs from the farmer's market so I don't have to pay the extra $1.50 for cage free eggs at the supermarket this winter.
To freeze whole eggs, crack the egg and beat until just blended, then freeze individually in a muffin tin. Then pop them out and store in a Ziploc bag once frozen. To use, simply thaw in refrigerator.
I know lots of people are turned off by the high price of food festivals. So here is what we did this weekend during Pierogi Fest. We walked over there Saturday just to scope things out. Then, 2 hours before closing on Sunday, we returned to haggle and make purchases at deep discounts. Food and merchandise vendors do not want to drag stuff back with them!
7 pierogi for $5 (was 6 for $5 all weekend)
$1 slice of pizza (was $3.50 all weekend)
A dress that was $35 was purchased for $25!
The other day I was watching the news and they had a Chicago chef, along with an expert forager, picking up food along side a Wisconsin road. Happy hunting!
BEST BETS ==> Cattail, Inner Pine Bark, Purple Clover, Dandelion, Acorns, Squirrel, Rabbit, Trout, Crayfish, Snakes, Frogs,