They said gas prices would drop. I’m not seeing it, are you? Without a drop in fuel prices, it won’t be long until the cost of goods are raised to cover production and transportation costs. With that in mind, I’d love to hear your best tips for saving money.
Some of our favorites:
Cut the cable. It’s been seven years since we’ve paid a cable bill, a monthly subscription to Netflix has more than filled in the gap. We don’t watch sports, but ESPN is stepping up to fill that gap and I’m sure there are other options out there, too.
Cook once eat twice. Some items like chicken, ham, and brisket are even better cold on sandwiches the next day.
Use powdered milk for cooking. When powdered milk is cheaper than fresh we use it for cooking and baking, anything where that slightly funky taste isn’t going to noticed. See How to Use Powdered Milk to Save Money for more ideas. I know some of you swear by it for drinking. I just can’t.
Buy beef in bulk. We save a lot of money by purchasing a side of beef and storing it in our deep freeze.
Buy produce in season. Local, seasonal produce lacks the markup to cover long distance transportation. By buying in season and preserving food by freezing, drying, or canning, we ensure we have a varied diet throughout the year without the shipping costs. CSAs are a great resource, but we also use farmers markets, produce stands, and some of our grocery stores also carry local produce.
Use the library. Libraries are there to use, visit yours and see everything they have to offer: movies, music, audio books, and e-books. My favorite part about the mp3 audio books and ebooks is they expire automatically, there’s no chance of a late fee.
Look for bumped and bruised produce. Everything you eat doesn’t have to be showcase perfect.
Ok Home Eccers, it’s your turn. Share your favorite money saving tips.