We all have a few unique or easy ways to save some cash, and let’s face it, saving money is important. The more I save, the more we will have for the future (or zombie Apocalypse preparations). 🙂
This morning while sipping my first cup of coffee, I started quickly reviewing the ways we save money. I am curious how others save cash, work their budgets, and spend the money they do have.
Below are a few ways we save each month and over the course of the year.
Water wasn’t always the case. When Jack hit 12 months, we started with juice. Big, BIG mistake! Not only is juice unhealthy, it is expensive. We would buy apple juice and water it down (YUCK). It wasn’t long after we started we realized we could save money (and his health) by switching to water. It wasn’t easy but now he drinks only two things; almond milk and water. Occasionally, we have some juice in the house, but it’s rare. Usually around birthday party time and in the summer, we have a few (healthier) juice boxes on hand.
I realize for many, hunting isn’t really an option. We are lucky that my husband grew up hunting each fall because he is able to hunt, package, and freeze enough meat (a half of a deer) for one year! Yup. It only takes a half of one deer to feed us for one year. We rarely ever buy beef (we usually trade with others – a lb of venison for a lb of beef) and we often share our deer with our friends and family. The only other meat we buy is chicken. Hunting is time and time is money, but it is worth the time and effort. It saves money and deer are a far better quality than beef bought in the grocery store.
We use cash for purchases. If we use a credit card, it gets paid off with cash we have on hand for the purchase. We do not own debit cards; therefore, we can only spend what we have.
I Bring My Kids to the Store
Ah, kids in the grocery store. Just getting into the store is a huge task, so once I am in there with a three-year old and a seven-month old, I simply want to get what I need, and get out. I am an impulse spender by nature but my kids (and cash) keep me in check!
Make Certain Foods At Home
We make quite a few pantry staples and other foods in our own kitchen. Below are a few things we make.
- Chicken Stock
- ALL soups
- Apple and pumpkin butters
- Apple sauce
- Baby food (baby-led weaning) also, we are starting to fill our own pouches with homemade puree.
What are some unique or easy ways you save cash?
The Joyful Homemaker