What do you do to save money?
May 22, 2008 6:34am CST
Here in Holland we've just been slapped with a ridiculous tax on the packaging of products. The producers just raise their prices to be able to pay it. So in the end it's not they who pay it but us. I don't understand why I should have to pay up to 50 cts more for a pizza -from one day to another! - just because some moron wants to put it into shrinkwrap and a box and whatnot. This is sheer madness! So I now "save money" by going to the farmers markets and picking up fresh produce without any packaging at all. It helps the farmers of course. Yet I'm really just doing it out of spite because I'm so ticked off and people just seem to be taking it lying down! I'd love to hear what you do to save money.
• United States
22 May 08
Ugh! It seems like they're taxing everything nowadays everywhere. Next, I'll hear about a tax on air that you might be breathing in your house or something. I do something similar to you, I don't eat out as much and make my own food. I also buy in bulk and have begun to use more coupons. This one store that is near me had a huge sale and all I had to do was bring some coupons and sign up for their club card. I think I got the items more than half off and the store is really close to me, too.
22 May 08
Indeed sales can be a good way of stocking up on things you use a lot. For example I stocked up on a couple of boxes of zip-loc bags when they were on sale at half off. I use them a lot instead of tupperware to save space. We've got the club-card system here too but unlike other countries there aren't that many coupons on offer. Although I'm not entirely comfortable having the supermarkets knowing what I spend on with the club card it's essential to have one if you want to be able to pick up certain bargains or sales. Forget your card here and you pay full price, and that really is a pain in the pocket!