We're in the midst of Military Saves Week, which runs February 25th through March 2nd 2013, and is is a national campaign to persuade, motivate, and encourage military families to save money every month, and to convince leaders and organizations to be aggressive in promoting automatic savings. You may ask, shouldn't we be trying to save all of the time?! The answer is yes, but it is often nice to have a reminder of its importance (like I need with exercising around the New Year...). I have made a list of ways I plan on saving and I think they are some easy ways for your family to take the first step to saving money. Even little changes can make a big difference!
Freezing is Your Friend
I buy LOTS from my groceries sale section. There is no reason not to grab that bag of onions/bell peppers/insert name of any vegetable for half price or that meat on sale! It only takes a few extra moments when you get home to chop all of those onions up, put them in freezer safe bags and voila! The next time you need a diced/sliced onion all you have to do is remove a bag from the freezer. This is perfect for omelets in the mornings, stir fry, soups etc.
You can also freeze items that you may not use every day but bought to make something special: buttermilk, heavy cream, cheeses, any leftovers you have (frozen leftovers are my go to when my husband is gone or works late, MUCH more satisfying that a bowl of popcorn). Seriously, you will be AMAZED at how many things you can freeze, never throw anything away AGAIN (ok, that is a bit dramatic, but these tips have saved me a considerable amount of money)
Make Your Own...
Stock: Don't feel like chopping those sale vegetables up? Use the sturdy root vegetables (celery, onions, carrots, etc) to make a vegetable stock! You can even save the vegetable "scraps" to make a broth (much tastier than the store bought versions and the best part is it's FREE)
Join Grocery stores reward programs. Many stores send coupons via email and the mail, it is an easy way to save a few dollars!
Buy Used: garage sales, yard sales and thrift shops can have just what you needed for a fraction of the cost!
I frequently use Web sites to earn cash back on purchases, daily deals and to be notified of sales at major retailers. Dont forget about online discount sites, there should be no reason to pay full price for a manicure/haircut/restaurant again!
Will you join the pledge?
I, Briana Hartzell, will help myself by saving money, reducing debt, and building wealth over time. I will help my family and my country by encouraging other Americans to Build Wealth, Not Debt.
Other great money saving tips:
Please share your money saving tips in the comments!!