Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Saving Money

I'm all about it now. Simon and I aren't big spenders anyway, but there are always ways to save a little extra. I was so inspired by a post last week from the bloggers of Young House Love. I love their blog. I found them about two months ago, and have been an avid reader ever since. They purchased an older home that needed plenty of upgrades, and they pretty much diy'ed everything (and if you didn't know, I'm all about diy as well!).

So back to the point. After reading this post, I felt an immediate need to reorganize our finances and start cutting back a little more. Now, I'm all about finding a good deal on something rather than buying it without a coupon, gift card, etc. Not to say that I'm never buying full price again, but I'm just going to be more aware of my spending. I'm also going to start planning meals better and try to eat all of the food that we have before going to the grocery store. This means making "creative" meals from the things that are usually an oversight in the pantry. For example, last night I cooked the last two pieces of salmon that we had in the freezer and made a special sauce for them, then made a pasta salad using penne, a little olive oil and asiago and balsamic salad dressing and sprinkled a little parmesan on top. it was a simple meal, and all of the ingredients were at home already. I actually spent a portion of my day trying to decide what to cook from what we already had. Tonight I have a few ideas, so we'll see how that goes!

Another thing that I always do when I am shopping online is check for coupon codes via Retail Me Not. You will more than likely find a coupon code for a percentage off of your purchase, free shipping, a dollar amount off or something like that. Sometimes you may not find something, but it's always a good place to check out before...checking out.

One last thing that I did was attach my Kroger Plus shopping card to the website Shortcuts. You can add coupons to your grocery store shopping cards rather than clipping coupons. Since we eat mainly organic foods, there didn't seem to be much that we could add to our card, but their coupons are updated often, so we'll just keep checking back to see what they have.

These are just a few things that I have done in the past week, so there hasn't been much notice of dollar changes, but I'll check in from time to time to let you know how it's going!

Any other money saving suggestions?

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