Don't take the kids shopping
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1. Menu Planning
Plan your meals out in advance. Use a system that works for you. We menu plan around reduced to clear meats, seasonal produce, and supermarket specials. Menu planning will give you less excuses to buy takeaway on the way home.
Don't take the kids shopping
Have a sanity allowance and stick to it.
Give yourself a set amount every week- for things like coffee, going out for a drink, magazines. Be realistic at first and then if you are coping on that amount then try and reduce it each month. I have $20 a week for weekend outings, coffee, drinks, etc. It keeps me accountable for the small things, and also ensures I don't feel completely deprived.
A bit more on 2, as well as don't take the kids to the supermarket; make a shopping list, it's one of the best things to help save cash, especially if you do 1. Menu Planning. If you stick to your list and get what you need for the menu plan then you know close to the amount you should be spending on a weekly basis.
I agree completely Gav. Shopping list is vital for not buying anything not on the list, and if you use a pricebook app and my groceries app its made even simpler.
sleep on it.
if you see something expensive that you want make sure you don't just impulse buy it and then have shoppers remorse, think about it, sleep on it, and if it will make sense to buy or you really really really want it then think about it again and buy it.
Use cash back websites; if you are planing on buying something then a cash back website can help drop the cost, also check them for power bills, phone bills and insurance for home or car, I've managed to save a fair bit using them! - If you have any cash back site suggestions can you pleas post them in: Cash Back & Social Shopping sites - thanks.
Take your lunch to work, after another great post by edhen2416 - Money Saving Food Blogs - I thought of one of the most important money savers, taking your lunch to work, this can save you a lot of money and you can generally make 5 lunches for the price of eating out once in the week! Also you can make it exactly to your tastes and if like me you're trying to loose a bit of weight it means you know exactly what's going into it.
Grow Your Own. If you've got space to grow vegetables and fruit then it can well be worth it, I'd suggest trying to make compost from household scraps and garden cuttings first as often the potting mix and compost are the more expensive items if your soil is poor and you need to buy things to improve it. I should add a grow your own section to the website.
Gav, I must agree with Number 7, taking lunch to work is great for your wallet and most of the time much better for the health and waistline.
9. Put a no junk mail label on your letterbox, sure they often have good sales but most of the time they just send you on an impulse buying trip or the item will be sold out and you pay full price for an alternative as no one likes going home from the shops empty handed.