Prices go up - paychecks do not! Such is the way of life. It has always been this way - but there are times that inflation is worse than other times. Any little way to save money is needed and we should take advantage of every little opportunity. I know most people know these things - but we may have new people who don't. Reminders are always nice too!
Turn the heat down. Turn the lights off. Use it up. Don't waste water. Plan your trips. You know the drill!!!!!
At the grocery - make a list and STICK to it! Yes, you may now and then find an unexpected deal - if so, GET IT when you have the chance. Get as much as you can afford on the unexpected finds!!! Odds are that deal may not come around again.
Buy sales and clearance. Those special weekly sales usually run on a 6 - 9 week cycle. Get at least as much as needed for a couple months.
Buy seasonal. Holidays are great for seasonal buys! It may be cookout supplies, ham, turkey, sweet potatoes, cabbage, condiments, etc. - STOCK UP when the deal is available.
Plan your meals somewhat! I am not good at planning ahead - but if I needed to - I would plan around sales. Make a list of popular meals that you and your family like and post it on your frig. That way, you have ideas in front of you all the time. No need to say "I have no idea what to fix". Keep the ingredients on hand for those favorite meals - no excuse to spend extra money!
Shop your pantry/freezer first!
Use leftovers - USE IT ALL! None of that "they won't eat leftovers". They will if they are hungry! Remake those leftovers into something new. Veggies can be pureed and put in soups. Meat can be added to stir fry, soups, casseroles, eggs, etc. You can figure out something - no waste!!!!!!!
Shop different stores if necessary. I know people are loyal to certain places - but they still raise their prices and they aren't too concerned about you! Shop the best deals. No one store gives you all the best prices. Now I don't advocate driving all over kingdom come - that will waste gas. But read the ads and plans a route to hit the best deals.
Make sure you know what you have! It doesn't matter how much you can save - if you have no idea what is in your inventory. Keeping track is huge.
Use what you have and restock. Rotating those stocks is so important - nothing gets missed or forgotten.
REMEMBER: There are no EXPIRATION DATES!!!!!!!! I cannot emphasize this enough! The dates are "best if used by dates". That means optimum flavor by that date - not bad. It is also an aid for manufacturers and stores to get you to buy more! Just think of it this way - does the item in that can or box have a brain to think and deduct? Well NO. So, how does it know the date? It doesn't magically go bad on the date!!!!!!!!
If the packaging is dry, not rusted and stored properly - items last for months and maybe even years past that stupid date! HONEST. Please do not waste.
IF you can grow or regrow anything - do it!!!!! Lots of things can be regrown. Celery, green onions, bunch lettuce, etc. You can do this on a window seal or on a patio in warmer weather.
Use everything. Make your own cleaners. Make smoothies or milkshakes with the end of fruit. Make cream of soups with ends of veggies. Dehydrate what you can - you can use the oven if no dehydrator. Items can be dehydrated and made into powders to use in about anything for nutrition and flavor. Keep a "soup" container in the freezer for bits and bobs of things leftover.
Use LESS. We most all eat too much. Cut back on serving sizes. Use meat (palm size pieces) as a side - like veggies - instead of a main course. Have a meatless meal now and then.
Use less paper - just throwing away money.
Use less chemicals - not good for you.
Water down shampoos, dish soap, laundry soap, even things like juice. It works and tastes just as good.
Use less TP! Most people use way more than needed!!!!!! Flushing $ down the toilet!
Feed animals, chickens, or compost if necessary.
If you have a good inventory - then don't shop! Stay home and use what you have.
I recently got caught up in all the hype about "you need to go shop now". Well, I didn't really need anything - but I spent $$! Yes, I did. Did I need what I bought? NO. Will I use what I got? Heck YES! I spent the money - I will use it. I did get deals, but I could have been just as happy in my future life without spending this money. OK - I did get more cat food while there - which is always needed. Otherwise, I just went and spent - BECAUSE! Worst reason ever.
Spend cash if at all possible. It hurts more when you have to hand over cash. I tend to spend less when paying cash. Also, there is no tracking of your expenditures with cash (except if you use store shopper's card).
Take time to plan. You can take a little control over the inflation that is happening. Be wise with your purchases and the way you use them.
Every little penny helps!!!!!
Save where you can.