So I've been thinking a lot about money lately, as I'm sure most of us are, what with rising gas prices, and declining real estate values, and the whole bit. Many, many of my friends are stay-at-home moms, and I know many of you internets are SAHM's as well. My point is, we should be pooling our resources, ladies, and sharing tips on stretching our budgets.
Here are some tips I found in Real Simple:
Purchase oranges, onions, and potatoes in bags rather than individually. You'll pay roughly half the price.
Don't buy nongrocery items at the grocery store. Health and beauty goods are usually cheaper at mass-market retailers (hello, Target) and the best deals on paper products are at warehouse clubs.
Opt for frozen seafood over fresh to save 20-40%. If this grosses you out, consider that most "fresh" fish was frozen in transport.
Buy ground beef and chicken breasts in bulk to save 20% on beef and 50% a pound on chicken.
I also started buying my milk (1% for Michael and me, whole for the babies) at my local dairy. It's about $3.50 a gallon and tastes better than what I get in the supermarket. Also, I like knowing where my milk is coming from. I can see the cows right there, in the pasture, with plenty of room to roam, eating their grass. No growth hormones, either. We also buy our cheese, deli meats, chicken breasts, and beef at the local butcher shop. It's at least 50% cheaper than getting it in the market.
So speak up, readers. What are your best budget-stretching tips?