Remembering back a few years it’s easy to see that your dollar just doesn’t stretch as far as it used to. And even more, it’s becoming harder and harder to make a dollar! And while there is little that you can do to influence the economy or even your pay rate, there are some simple ways you can maximize the power of each dollar you earn and spend.
Buying in Bulk Works
However, it only works if you do it correctly.
For example, start with a calendar and plan out the next month of meals which you will prepare for your family. Once you have this, collate the list of combined ingredients to identify potential ingredient options which you can buy in bulk and use over the course of a month. By buying a larger box of something small like seasoning instead of two smaller boxes you can make small savings. Each of these savings quickly adds up to a serious reduction your grocery bill.
Need some new jewelry? Use an alex and ani coupon from Groupon Coupons. Looking to buy household cleaning products? Look for a sale in your local supermarket brochures. Whatever you need, before you buy, always look for a voucher, coupon, or even a sale. While it may mean waiting an extra day or two or traveling to a suburb one over from the regular place you visit, these small savings will all add up to great cost-saving benefits each month.
One of the easiest ways to blow out your budget is with entertainment. After all, who wants to sit at home all day and think about all the money you are saving? However, instead of dipping into your budget, speak with your local tourism bureau to find out about free entertainment and activities happening in your city or even neighboring towns. Many times, these places will also be able to provide you with heavily reduced tickets to entertainment in your area which you previously weren’t able to budget for.
Of course, if you are able to travel, don’t be afraid to speak with the bureau of neighboring towns or cities, also.
Update Your Contracts
There is no doubt that you were on the best phone plan or the greatest electricity deal when you first signed up years ago. However, just as the value of your dollar has changed, so too have the benefits provided by your service companies.
For this reason, speak with each company which sends you a monthly invoice and renegotiate your plan. If they aren’t able to provide you with a better deal then don’t be afraid to call around to their competition to find other providers which can.
In today’s economy, it’s important to save as much as possible and to really stretch your hard earned dollar. In addition to the great tips above, don’t feel embarrassed to speak with your friends and family about how they keep their household costs down and share your ideas with them, also.