Kelly the Culinarian: September Savings Day 15: Reduce

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

September Savings Day 15: Reduce

Alas, I missed a post yesterday; I was too busy cutting out coupons for my awesome shopping trip today. Check out all the stuff I got for a grand total of $8.35!

I bought:
  • 4 tops
  • 2 adorable outfits for my brand new niece!
  • 2 bars of soap
  • 6 boxes of contact lens solution
  • 4 tubes of toothpaste
  • 1 cup of cereal
  • 1 pack of gum
  • Napoleon's Halloween costume
  • 3 packs of pads
  • 3 vitamin water mixes
  • 1 pack of sunflower seeds
The best part is out of the four stores I ventured to, at two of them I had to buy low-value items to eat up the overage. What a coupon high.

Anyhow, another great strategy for saving is using less. Of everything.

Did you know your clothes and dishes will get just as clean if you use half as much soap? Try using less toothpaste, shampoo and cleanser and see if you notice any difference. Chances are, you won't. If you buy in bulk, it's smart to invest in a shower toiletry dispenser so that you can consciously think about how much you're using. Try and print things in black and white using the economical setting and see if you can stand to not turn on the heat or air conditioning.

The average family, regardless of size or income, wastes 15 percent of their food. Think of all the money you're literally throwing away! Keep this in mind when you do your grocery shopping.

More than anything, be cognizant of the resources you're using every day.

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