Make a weekly meal plan.
If you’ve been following this site for any amount of time you know that I create a weekly meal plan. Usually I buy my groceries by the month instead of by the week but the meals are supplemented with what I can get fresh throughout the week. When you plan your meals throughout the week you are less likely to spend extra money throughout the week by going out or buying quick fix meals. It also gives you the ability to make just one trip to the store each week because you will already know what you need to get for the meals you want to make. Plus it makes it easier to plan meals around deals and coupon sales. You can find some of my weekly meal plans as a guide HERE.
Use your crockpot once a week.
Here’s the cost figures… to run a crockpot for 8 hours it only costs .10 while an electric oven(depending on your electric costs) costs about .10 per hour. Now I know that you usually don’t run your oven for 8 hours a day, but think if you were cooking a roast, it would take a few hours so it would end up costing you more to use the oven then to use the crockpot. Plus using the crockpot saves time and if you are one of those that calculate hours worked in your house as a form of saving money, you definitely save more by using the crockpot vs babysitting the oven all day. Plus in the summer it will bring down your cooling costs to use your crockpot vs your oven.
Stop buying soda.
Alright, I know most of you are going to just laugh at this one and pass by it but did you know that the average person drinks 11.2 cans of soda each week or 582 cans per year. Just using an average of .25 per can, that adds up to $145.50 per year. Per person. Plus I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell you about all the scary things that are in soda. Personally I haven’t drank pop since I was really little. (I actually can’t stand the taste) When my hubby met me he was drinking alot of pop! Since then he’s cut back but he still has one now and then as a treat but instead of pop we like to mix up our own healthier version. Part juice and part seltzer water. If you’ve ever had natural sodas this combination tastes similar and is a fun treat.