Where do you save money most often?

@wiccania (3360)
United States
June 16, 2007 7:47pm CST
In the summer, my mom doesn't turn the air conditioner on until she absolutely has to, and even when she does the thermostat is set at 72. She does this to save money. I buy my groceries with saving money in mind. It's not a truly successful shopping trip unless I've saved at least 25% of my total. I have friends who carpool to save money on gas. What do you do most to save money?
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@kataztrophy (1839)
• United States
17 Jun 07
I tend to keep the lights in my house off during the daytime. I figure that I klnow my way around well enough to where I don't have to worry about bumping into things and hurting myself. To save money on gas I just mooch a ride off friends. They don't mind too much from what I understand, if they do they are not speaking up about it.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
18 Jun 07
the single most effective means for us to save money has been by shopping at a discount grocery. it is a bit of a drive so I try to only go once every other week. but the store also has a restaurant so they often sell restaurant supply foods at a great discount to include fresh deli meats, chicken bre@sts, etc. the really great prices have been on the varieties of cheeses that they sell - the most expensive being baby swiss at 1.99 a pound!
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• United States
18 Jun 07
I buy the majority of my clothes second hand, which really cuts down on the cost. A couple of weeks ago, I wanted a pair of $20 jeans, but instead went to Goodwill and got 3 pairs of jeans for half that price! Also, since we have moved and I have a bus pass provided by my employer, we pretty much only drive when we are going to buy groceries. It's easier when we have frozen stuff and lots of bags to not have to juggle them on the bus, which sometimes only comes every 20-30 minutes. I was very pleased yesterday that when I did my grocery shopping, I only bought 2 things that weren't on sale. One was a soda that I grabbed at the checkout, and the other was olives... can't live without those. :)
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
17 Jun 07
I shop the sales and use coupons and refunds. I keep lights turned off when not in use. I don't use an air conditioner, just a few fans. I keep the heat turned down in winter and just toss on an extra blanket or a sweater. I try to combine trips to town and pick up everything I need in one trip instead of making several trips. Just doing our best to stick to a budget is an effective way of saving money.
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@peavey (16856)
• United States
17 Jun 07
I save on food by shopping the sales only, cooking from scratch, growing some of my own vegetables and fruit, among other things. On clothes, I shop thrift stores most of the time. If there's something I need that I can't find there, I watch sales for it. I keep my clothing mended and in good condtion. Electricity: I hang most of the laundry out of doors to dry instead of using a dryer. I don't use air conditioning unless it's really necessary. I keep all the lights turned off except the one I'm using at the moment. I do a lot more, but it would take too much space here to list them! :)
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@shelagh77 (3643)
17 Jun 07
The tip my mother used to give me was to make filling meals so that nobody was hungry enough to want to snack out on crisps, sweets, biscuits etc. A couple of extra potatoes and some Yorkshire pudding on the plate cut down on the amount of meat needed in the meal and we certainly couldn't snack after that!
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17 Jun 07
I save money mainly by keeping a budget. That's about it mainly but when buying something I do look at the prices especially when I bought my laptop. Kudos, ~Joey
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@myfanwy65 (1030)
• United States
17 Jun 07
I don't turn the AC on until I absolutely can't stand the heat. I also try to shop in the clearance aisle a lot. And, I shop at Sav-A-Lot for groceries. I'm not sure if you have one of these where you live. It's one of those stores that doesn't have shelves, they just put the stuff out in the boxes. I also try to buy clothes on the clearance rack. Or I will wear something until it just about falls apart. I shop at thrift stores for books and similar things. I got a sewing machine at a thrift store for $5. It's a Singer and it works great.
• United States
7 Jul 07
i save money through rebates while shopping online http://kenscash.blogspot.com the top entry has a link to a place where you can have thousands of things to buy and you get rebates back, big name places too.
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
6 Jul 07
Usually I will shop for items that are on sale. Use those cards that can give rebates as much as possible to save on the total cost of the groceries. When ever I can, I will go during the sale period. Sometimes, I will even shop at various stores just to save that few cents on the items as each store has it individual discounts on different items. Wherever I can, I will buy in bulk and store them for use.
@trk918 (254)
• United States
26 Jun 07
don't use a dryer, keep lights off, heat my house with wood, keep the air unit at 85 degrees in the summer, grow my own food, can/freeze it, shop once a month except for perishables, make a list & stick to it.
• United States
20 Jun 07
I turn off my circuit breaker when I leave the house. This cuts off everything saving me money. I have the sunday paper delivered and cut out coupons. I wait for things to go on sale also. I shop the clearance section when buying anything I need. I buy a lot of my items from the old navy outlet. Saving tons of money. I started to freeze my food after I have a plate. This is new to me and works well. I need my a/c at night so I try to use the stored coolness during the day. I'll try to raise the temperature tonight. It's set at 62 perfect for me. I could use some more savings So I'll try 65 for a few nights. When I find hot dogs on sale I started buying 10 packs and freezing them. I make 30 minute or less meals to save money on electric. I buy the laundry bar and grate it down to wash laundry. Washes fine and saves me washing liquid money.