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Frugal Living
    #2717640 - 05/23/04 09:36 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Saving Money on Food-related Expenses

Food is one of the few flexible items in most people's budgets. Quick tips for saving money at the grocery store are:

    Shop the perimeter of the store to avoid expensive prepackaged food items

    Shop with a list to avoid impulse buys

    Watch for deeply discounted sale items in ads and circulars (A price diary helps you find the best deals.)

    Make your weekly meal plans in advance

    Plan your menus around current sale items

    Use coupons and rebates wisely

    Cut back on the number of trips to the store

    Buy in bulk when you find low prices

Freezing Food for Fast Meals and Snacks

By preparing simple foods in advance to store in the freezer, you can easily cut down on trips to the local drive-through or calls to the pizza delivery guy. Here are a few easy ideads for items to keep on hand in the freezer:

    Breakfast items: muffins; breakfast sandwiches, burritos, and casseroles; waffles; pancakes; French toast

    Lunch: meat and cheese sandwiches, single-serving desserts, soup, chili, slices of pizza

    Snacks: frozen pops, fruit, candy

    Dinner: main dish casseroles, meats in marinade, rice pilaf, mashed potatoes, premade hamburger patties

    Desserts: cake, brownies, cookies, dessert breads

Remembering Monthly Sale Items

Certain items are on sale at the same time every year. By planning ahead and buying things during their peak sale season, you can save considerably.

    January:linens, holiday decorations, gift wrap

    Febuary:candy, furniture

    March:frozen foods, winter sports equipment

    April:eggs, cauliflower

    May:hot dogs, asparagus

    June:dairy products, spring fashions

    July:strawberries, watermelon

    August:berries, backyard equipment

    September:apples, gardening supplies

    October:pumpkins, cranberries

    November:turkey, post-Halloween candy

    December:oranges, seasonal decorations

Saving on Utilties

Are skyrocketing utility bills eating away at your budget every month? Try some of these ideas to cut back on utility expenses:

    Check your utilities' billing statements for extra services (such as call forwarding or voice messaging on your phone bill) and cancel the services you don't need or use.

    Order basic cable rather than the full cable service with high-priced premium channels.

    Recycle your glass, paper, and cardboard trash to reduce the amount of garbage you need to pay to have hauled away each week.

    Don't use operator assistance for placing long-distance calls unless absolutely necessary.

    Keep curtains closed on south-facing windows during the heat of the day for a cooler house.

    Cook with small appliances (toaster, microwave, slow cooker, electric skillet) in the summer instead of heating up the stove or oven and heating up your house unnecessarily.

    Use a draft stopper at the bottom of all outside doors during the winter to keep the warm air inside and the chilling cold air outside.

    Reach for a blanket or sweater when you're feeling cold, instead of immediately turning up the thermostat.

    Fill your freezer completely for maximum efficiency. Fill empty milk jugs with water to take up empty space, if need be.

    Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.

    Run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads.

    Fix leaky faucets and running toilets as soon as you detect a problem.

Cleaning, Frugal Style

    To clean the toilet bowl, pour in a cup of full-strength vinegar. Allow to sit overnight and scrub clean in the morning.

    To remove pet odors from carpet, pour a small amount of full-strength vinegar directly on the spot. Let the vinegar sit and dry.

    To freshen the laundry and remove static, add 1/2 cup white vinegar to the laundry rinse cycle.

    To gently scrub pots and pans, bathtubs, or sinks, use a paste of half baking soda and half water.

    To freshen stale carpets or upholstery, sprinkle a combination of baking soda and cornstarch over the carpets, couches, or chairs. Allow to sit for 30 minutes and then vacuum.

    To disinfect countertops, sinks, and toilet seats, mix 10 parts water to 1 part bleach in a spray bottle. Spray on surface, wait several minutes, and then wipe with a clean, white towel.

There ya go folks.. Tips on frugality. Now you can save up more money to spend on vacations to Holland/Crack/Shrooms/et cetera.. :wink:

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Edited by SkorpivoMusterion (05/23/04 11:35 AM)

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Re: Frugal Living [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #2717654 - 05/23/04 09:41 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Good job....thanks!

The bus came by and I got on that's when it all began!

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    #2717817 - 05/23/04 11:25 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Wow you are quite the frugal gormet. thanks

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Re: Frugal Living [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #2717823 - 05/23/04 11:27 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Yeah thanks- that is awesome! Especially the natural cleaning solutions and the tips on saving electricity, etc. But I must disagree with the meal plan thing. Here is how I shop for groceries frugally- I buy dry staples such as rice, beans, oatmeal and flour in the wild outs bulk section. I do usually pay full price for tofu but there is always some kind of soymilk, oil, pasta etc. on sale. Everything else I try to buy on sale- they always have different fruits and veggies on sale. Then I have a stocked fridge and pantry and I can make whatever I feel like! :smile: But I have noticed there are two types of people as far as food prep goes; those who need to plan and those who need to decide at the last minute. I am one of the latter.

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    #2717929 - 05/23/04 12:23 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

I too am the later. But it dont get much more frugal then growing your own.
I need to hit up the store and get my stuff. I like how brown or basmati rice is only 75 cents a pound, cant beat that.

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    #2718109 - 05/23/04 01:32 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

I order from the dollar menu at McDonalds...does that count?

You invented the wheel....You push the motherfucker!!

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    #2718302 - 05/23/04 02:54 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

I'm a fan of buying food, and other things at Costco and other wholesale-clubs... Especially at the Dollar store. When I first saw a "Dollar Store" many years ago, I figured it was just some run-of-the-mill knick-knack store that mainly sold junk that most people wouldn't need. Then one day, out of semi-boredom I decided to check it out for once.. Boy was I shocked. Bottles of soda, boxes of cereal, tools, tupperware, toiletries, just about everything in almost any main category were all included.. for just sixty american ole' pennies.. It's almost baffling. So anyways, I strongly advocate Dollar Stores from now on.. :grin:

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Re: Frugal Living [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #2718637 - 05/23/04 04:06 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

yup...my boss lives on an organic farm and has goats and chickens and everything. Its fucking awesome.

Work like you dont need the money.

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    #2718658 - 05/23/04 04:11 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

once when I was broke I stole electricity for 6 months and got away with it.

most people dont realize that if you live in an apartment complex, the electric breaker boxes are usually unguarded, or they just have a weeny little padlock on them. They're usually at the back of the building, and every apartment has its own switch.

you could probably get in a lot of trouble for doing this, but if you're heat gets cut off and you're desparate its handy knowledge to have.

peace, pot, and microdot!

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