OK. A Serious thread on saving money

United States
January 16, 2008 1:21pm CST
Roll up, roll up, listen here.... I think with the inflation rate reported today and the fact that everything is going up, except our wages, we need a thread where we can post our own ideas or ways to save money. This is not about earning more money, but, saving it. Here's mine; Aldi's - They are a low priced grocery store, no frills, no bags(10c each) and shopping carts that require a deposit. Aldi's sell only their own brand 99% of the time and there is no choice. Carrots are carrots, one choice, one spot in the store. I go there to buy fruit, meat, convenience foods, vegetables and frozen items. I don't buy bread as it is the cheap, no substance kind, which I don't like and I don't buy their milk, as I prefer organic which they don't sell. But, I can walk out of there with a weeks groceries for around $50-$60. I usually then stop at the regular grocery store to buy my milk, bread and a few other items and walk out with 1 or 2 bags costing me over $40. Aldi' is no frills, but, it saves you money. Just remember your quarter, so, you can get a shopping cart!Next!
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@someonesmom (5768)
• Canada
17 Jan 08
Hi justabloke, It's interesting that you've mentioned 'no frills' here, as we actually have a discount chain of grocery stores in Canada, that are called 'No Frills.' We also have another called Price Chopper, as well as others. Each of these charges for plastic bags, in this case a nickel, and also requires a deposit of a quarter for shopping carts. You get your quarter back, when you return your cart, and, oh yes, you also bag your own groceries too. These types of stores, really can save anyone a great deal of money. As for other ways to save money, here's one small one. Instead of buying 'J cloths' for dusting etc., I reuse my dryer sheets. I save them after one use, and use them to clean off the t.v. screen, do a general dust up, etc. They work really well, and this way, they do 'double duty.' I've also saved the plastic water bottles, and refilled them with frozen juice, made from concentrate, instead of buying the stuff in the actual bottles. This is all I can think of, at the moment, but I'm sure there are many more good ideas.
• United States
17 Jan 08
We refill the kids water bottles they take to school with their lunch. At the end of the week we throw them out. But, a couple of weeks back I had to change brands and I bought the small deer park(?). DP have fixed the caps, so, that you cannot unscrew them, so they are not reusable. They lose as I won't be buying that make again.
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• Canada
22 Jan 08
That's really a great idea, regarding the water bottles. We don't have the brand you've mentioned, here in Canada. I've never heard of a company 'fastening the caps on,' and that'd definitely be a turn off to me, as well. Take care.
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• United States
22 Jan 08
It peed me off about the water caps. It just shows how big business thinks. They are so intent on screwing the consumer out of every penny that it's starting to irritate me. I bet they claim it's a "security cap". Not that I am cheap(but, I sound like it) I do somethings reuse my plastic sandwich bags, but, only if they are in good shape after my packed lunch(taking lunch for work, compared to buying lunch, saves a lot).
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@palonghorn (5490)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Good thread, I think we can all make a contribution on here, some I'm sure we have thought about or already do, but who knows we might come up with some that we hadn't thought about. I live in a small town in PA, so there is a small grocery store (which you would think is higher priced, but they aren't) within walking distance, so if we only need a few things, we talk the dog for a walk and stop off at the store on our return walk home, saving on gas. I used to be one that would go to the store, get home, and then go to walmart, etc. not now, I actually save on gas by starting at the store furtherest away and working my way home, when I have serveral places I need to go. I too refill my water bottles for work, as I work outdoors and always have water with me. I do have an Aldi's nearby, but I haven't really shopped there, guess I'll have to check it out. I also used to be really bad about leaving lights on in rooms that I wasn't even in, now I make sure lights are not on in rooms I'm not in at the moment, and I found that it actually does make a difference on the bill.
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• United States
17 Jan 08
Anywhere near Uniontown? Turning off computers and printers should save money, as apparently, even in hibernation mode the computer still pulls the same amount of power as if it's on and being used.
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