Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pinching Pennies, Saving (Sand) Dollars

I've seen many blogs posting penny pinching tips and I wanted to post some too! The Beachy House has come under some tough times and we have a ton of tips! Some of you may have read a few of these before here so sorry if you've heard it twice!

Strive for as many "zero dollar" days as possible. That means spending nothing.

We do meal planning & inventory every 2 weeks. We buy whole chickens, roast them one night (I have a great recipe) and use the leftovers in 1 or 2 other meals! I go home to eat lunch everyday. You could brown bag.

We also go to a great produce market. We can get 3 huge bags of lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, onions, and so much more for about fifteen bucks. We also go to Walmart for basics and the supermarket with the best produce specials... and yes, that's 3 different places every 2 weeks.

I buy my make up/perfume/hair products/etc. from Mark which I also sell to make extra money. You can't beat a great $5 lip gloss.

We live in FL so we are lucky that we don't have to use the heater or run AC for months at a time.

Instead of Happy Hour at the bar 1-2 nights a week, we have Happy Hour on our lanai and watch the sunset.

We've cut out going to the movies which we used to do once a week. We use Netflix now and get unlimited movies for about $15/month (less that one movie for two at the theater and better popcorn).

What are you doing to save money?

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Sarah said...

Those are all great tips!! I try to do the "zero dollar" days as well!!

Thanks for sharing!! :-)

Preppy Pugs said...

I would love to have your recipe for roasted chicken. I am attempting to also cook more at home and use the leftovers for the next days lunch and dinner. Thank you for the tips. said...

Same here... my husband and I enjoy dinners and drinks at home..., and when it gets warmer on the porch, watching the water and the sunset...

Surf Girl said...

Those are great tips. I try to get all our produce and some local items like jellies, etc. at our Farmer's Market. I've quit eating out at work too. I think that's my biggest sacrifice. I love to eat out!

Stereos and Souffles said...

Walgreens Free after rebate is a great way to save money. This month they are offering a Revlon lip gloss, Garnier hair product, liquid foundation. Some months they do free toothbrushes and toothpaste. They post their rebate items on their website so you can see if there's anything that month worth getting.