Hello dear reader(s)!
As you may or may not know, I am poor. As a poor person. And believe me when I say that poor people are poor. As such I have had to adjust my lifestyle accordingly, while still attempting to maintain healthy habits and continue recovering to the best of my ability. It is not an easy task, considering the high costs of healthcare, prescriptions, etc…
But since this is a blog-type-thing for the people, I have decided to share some of the things I have recently found in order to save money. Your results may vary, consult a doctor before you begin any savings regimen, and don’t forget to bring a towel.
So here we go, in no particular order because order is for conformists and I am a non-conformist as evidenced by my universal anarchy symbol all of us non-conformists must wear to conform to the look of non-conformity.
- Ditch TV TV sucks. If there are shows that you really love and can’t live without, check the internet for rebroadcasts, or if you must, get a HULU Plus subscription or Slingbox or something to that effect. It’ll still be cheaper. I have Netflix, and while there is a lot of stuff I miss watching all of the time, it is also nice to remember there is more to life.
- Buy a lot of meat (if you eat meat) at once Use freezer bags. Double bag. Portion, and freeze. Then defrost when needed.
- Do not buy non-groceries at a grocery store Toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, shampoo, etc… are all more expensive at the grocery store. Don’t bother. It is worth the extra gas to go to some of the larger warehouse type stores (especially those that do not charge a membership) in order to purchase these items.
- If you have pets, buy better pet food I’m not saying this will eliminate the possibility of expensive visits to the vet, but it will certainly cut down on the severity of issues, the frequency, and therefore the cost. It is an investment, but the return is heavy.
- Do NOT eat very much fast food Beyond the fact that it just sucks for your body, will make you sick, will make you unhealthy, will get rid of the biodiversity in your gut bacteria leading to a whole host of other issues that may not show up as fat, it is not as cheap as it seems. You get hungry more often and aren’t paying for the good nutrition.
- Walk as many places as you can I need to drive for my main grocery shopping because 1. I couldn’t carry that much anyway. And 2. It is just too far. That is when I get the meat, some dry goods, and other such things. But then I walk to the store nearby and get my fresh vegetables there every day or two. That store is a lot more expensive on most things, but when it comes to vegetables, a lot more expensive equals a few cents on the portions I need. And I am getting it fresh. And I am saving gas to do it. And I am getting exercise. Fuck gyms.
- Come up with a menu, and stick to it This one is something I struggle with, but I have to do. Buy what you need for the food and make sure you have it. A lot of my food tastes are based off of the weather that day, and that is something I need to get over. If you must, exchange food for days, but don’t forget about it.
- Make your own snacks I love trail mix. Love it. That stuff is extremely expensive when it is bought. I like to make my own. I start with dried fruit and add the nuts. I get a lot more out of it for what would normally be a pricey little bag. If your store has good bulk-bins (the kinds where it is not easily contaminated or infested), I recommend using those to your advantage as often as possible. Stay away from the barrel on the floor types because I’ve seen some nasty stuff crawling in a lot of those.
- Use coupons This is another thing that I am having to push myself to do. The best bet is to go get a Sunday or Wednesday paper from the week before now. I have read two weeks before, but found that a lot of the coupons in those are expired. You will get the paper at a discount (usually), and the coupons in it will still be good. Additionally, stores never put items on special the week coupons come out, but sometimes will a week or two later, while the coupons are still good so you can get the special and the coupon price and it is cheap. Just don’t get something you don’t want simply because it is a good deal.
- Don’t be afraid of store brands Store brands are not generic so much anymore. Often times they are actual brand name goods bought in large quantities by stores and sold for less because of lack of advertising costs, overhead, etc… That said, don’t always assume the store brand will be the cheapest. Always look at the entire section for the best deal.
There are more, but 10 is a nice round number. Do you have any tips for saving money? If so, I would love to hear them. Really honestly, I need to save more, so any ideas…