Since embarking on my temporary voyage as a married single mom last month I’m all about saving money. Having not one but two households solely dependent on one income means I’ll be budgeting to the max. While Cycling Papa (aka formerly known as Hubby, shortly to be known as CP) assures me that all is well I did notice he went out to dinner twice this week and attended a housewarming party that surely required a gift. (Whether he bought one or not is a different story. Do men think to bring a gift?) As is customary in Germany (or so I’m told) he also eats out for lunch in the cafeteria or the biergarten daily.
In a Woman’s Day magazine my mother in law had lying around I came across a featured cover article on saving money on groceries entitled Kitchen Confidential. (April 09 issue, p. 112) Sounds good right? I thought so too.
Eagerly I turned to the article anticipating some great ways to save money. However after reading the article I felt like saying DUH! It’s not that the tips are bad, some are quite good but they were really along the lines of things most people already know.
“Don’t pay for convenience”
Individual portions of crackers in a ‘value pack’ are really just more costly than buying the full size box and dividing it yourself into appropriate portions. I think most people already know that.
“Buy big and freeze”
That was another tip. It sounds great in theory but have you ever tried it? You end up with tons of tiny freezer burned Ziploc baggies of who knows what cluttering up the freezer. That’s one tip I’ve tried and abandoned.
All in all it was a worthwhile article to remind me what money saving ideas there are. But I didn’t learn anything new or helpful. I would much rather ask all my readers for their advice on saving money be it at the grocery store or elsewhere. I’m learning that the box of Cheerios I bought the last time I shopped in America 3 ½ years ago costs quite a bit more in today’s market.
So what do you do to cut costs and save money day to day? Can you offer up better tips than Woman’s Day?