Easy Money-Saving Strategies

Friday afternoon is probably my favorite time of the week. The feeling of leaving work at 3:00PM on a Friday & knowing I have two days of the weekend ahead me – even if they’re busy days – can’t be beat.

One of my favorite things to do when I get home on a Friday is to peruse my ever-growing stack of magazines. Today, I finally got around to reading an article — “Act Small Save Big” – that I’ve been wanting to check out for a while now in Real Simple’s April 2012 issue.

The goal of the article was to provide readers with simple, nearly unnoticeable strategies that could save them thousands of dollars each year.

Chris & I are always looking for ways to save money & cut corners & there were quite a few ideas that I thought were worth sharing.

Ways to Save – Food & Drink

  • Purchase milk at a chain pharmacy, such as RiteAid or CVS. While their selection might be more limited, the article suggests shoppers can save up to 20%/gallon!

  • Avoid buying individual containers of yogurt. Instead, buy containers that are at least 32 ounces. This might be a problem for me… While I do buy large containers of plain Chobani for my overnight oats, I simply can’t resist the individual ones! When possible, Chris & I stock up on those in bulk though.

  • Instead of buying pre-shredded cheese (I’m totally guilty of this), buy a brick of Cheese & shred it yourself to save $2-$3/lb.

Ways to Save – Household Goods

  • You can subscribe via Amazon to have pet food delivered to your doorstep at up to 15% less than store prices. And, shipping is free! I’m definitely looking into this!

  • If you purchase toilet paper at the grocery store, keep an eye out at the beginning & middle of each month. It will usually be discounted 20-40% at that time.

This was only a fraction of the information provided in the article; it’s definitely a must read if you’re a penny-pincher, like me!

What are YOUR best money-saving tips?

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  1. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance says:

    I have that issue of Real Simple sitting on my bookshelf, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.
    WHAAT! I love the dog food and yogurt ideas– definitely two things that I could work on. I bulk up at yogurt at Costco, but also buy the individual packages when I’m running low. Maybe now I wont be as inclined..
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  2. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says:

    these are great tips! we’re always trying to save money. i think it’s often easy to buy more food than you really need, and then it goes to waste, which means money is wasted. i try my best to only buy things we really NEED rather than just going crazy and buying whatever. we also compare prices on food that we can buy in bulk at costco or buy at our grocery store… most people assume that food in bulk is naturally cheaper, but it’s definitely not always the case!
    enjoy your weekend! :)
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    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      I have never thought to buy milk at the grocery store, but now I’m interested in doing a little price comparison!

      I’m with you on the store brands. The only products that I’ve bought store brands & could taste a difference are jelly & ketchup!

  3. Karen says:

    I don’t know about all states but I know the price of milk in PA is regulated. There is actually a Milk Marketing Board that is responsible for setting the prices. Giant advertises that they sell their milk at the lowest possible price permitted, I’m not sure if other stores advertise that as well.
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