Okay what really got me going in the area of saving money and being frugal, was the book the Complete Tightwad Gazette. Basically a lady, Amy Dacyczyn wrote a newsletter for three years and compiled it into one book. It really made me thing how to be frugal in everything! It gave me the confidence to start cloth diapering on my newest baby. I learned how to make a quiche with leftovers, save money by making my own pizza every Friday night from scratch, to greasing pans using the leftover butter wrappers (just keep em in a ziplock in the fridge) and be organized with things given to you (I keep kids clothes in bins by age and season in my basement).
The best tip I can say is to start a price book/journal. Write down the price per ounce/pound for every store you go to for your weekly items.
For example here is some work from my book (note some prices
are about 6 months old):
Trader Joe’s 2.69
Cheddar Mild No RBST
TJ’s 3.99 lb
Extra Sharp 4.69 lb
Raw Milk Cheese 4.19 lb (through wholesaler)
Kroger 64 loads/7.83 w coupon on sale price per load .12
Walmart 96/17.97 price per load .19
Sams 110/19.48 price per load .177
So you see when I walk into a store I know when I truly am
getting a great deal. In January the best price going for olive oil
was .24 an oz at Trader Joe’s. However I found some olive oil
at World Market of all places on after Christmas? special for 9.99 for 2 Liters!
That’s only .15 cents an ounce. So needless to say I bought 3 tins.
It lasted me until last month. Next time I find a great deal like that I
will know that I will need 6 tins (12 liters) to get me through a year.
Knowing the price per load for things like Tide is important, because
they come in all shapes and sizes. And yes I know Tide is one of those
name brand things, but with 2 boys its the only thing I have found
to consistently along with Oxiclean to get out food stains.
If you can’t get it at the library click here
The book is big, about 900 pages, but I was so inspired I devoured it in 2 weeks.
I highly recommend this book from the library and sometimes I wish I knew I had a spare copy around here just for reference 🙂
But as the book states, go to garage sales and if you wait long enough you will find what you want without buying it new.
PS She’s n ot big on couponing but recommends surplus stores, however there are none in my area. That is why I love couponing. Also the internet wasn’t as prolific as it was then when she wrote the book so as far as putting deals together it was a lot
harder back in the 90’s because we didn’t have hotcouponworld.com or moneysavingmom.com.