One of the more popular resolutions on everyone’s New Years lists is saving money. Saving money doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Things like coupon clipping are great but when you don’t have time or energy to doing this it’s nice to know there are other options. If you are like me and prefer to feed your family healthy foods, you know that it can get pricey. Below are some of my favorite tips on Ways to Save Money this Year – everything from saving at the grocery store to saving at the gas pump.
Save money at the grocery store:
- Walmart will allow you to price match groceries. My favorite items to price match are produce at the Neighborhood Markets.
- Stock up at Costco on things like frozen produce and when grocery items are on sale. Every month Costco features select items on sale usually for at least a few dollars off. Stocking up on these items can help you save money throughout the year.
- Follow blogs like http://www.thecentsableshoppin.com/ to keep up with deals at local grocery stores. Each week she posts not only about coupon and ad matches but she features meal plans using the items that are on sale at stores like Fry’s.
Purchase produce at local markets:
You can always can or freeze produce to keep them for longer. If you can’t use all the produce, consider splitting baskets with friends or family. Some examples include:
- Bountiful Baskets: This is a service where you can order bulk produce baskets and other items like homemade breads and pick up at select destinations on Saturdays.
- Local markets: Around the west valley are markets that set up in parking lots that sell excess produce that was donated to them. A few examples include Produce on Wheels and Market on the Move.
- Make your produce last longer. See how I wash my produce every time I bring some home: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2013/08/07/eating-healthier-w-fruits-and-veggies-spinach-smoothie-recipe/
Download apps to save money:
Some of my favorite apps are:
- Gas Buddy: This app tells you where the cheapest gas is around you. We use this not only here but everytime we go on a road trip.
- Flipp: This app features local advertisements so you don’t have to visit multiple sites to find out what’s on sale near you. One of the biggest benefits to using this app is price matching at Walmart and Target.
- Walmart: When you shop at Walmart, scan your receipt to the Savings Catcher and it will refund any price differences it finds in your favor from comparing ads at other stores. It does the work so you don’t have to!
- Offer Up: This app allows you to buy and sell things locally. Think of it like Craigslist except easier to use and people have profiles where others have rated them.
- Forks: This app has “use now” coupons you can use at restaurants and local fast food establishments.
Other ways to save money this year:
Shop at local thrift stores around the Valley. Shopping at thrift stores like Goodwill and Savers can save you money especially if you go on sale days. Try not to focus on matching and choosing decor of a certain style. Instead try mixing and matching and selecting your decor on things like color, shapes etc.
Utilize sites like Groupon, Living Social etc. This past year I was able to buy things like an AZ Science Center family membership, movie tickets, Costco membership etc at a fraction of what the normal prices are.
If you are open to trying new things, you can always sign up for box memberships like Ipsy. This service sends full size makeup items every month for only $10. Beyond my favorite foundation, I honestly haven’t bought much makeup lately because I’ve been using whatever I get from them.
What are some of your favorite ways to save money?