-Big grocery haul once a week for the necessities. I try to buy smart, meaning things I can make last for a week or two. Most recently I've made 5 boneless skinless chicken breasts feed us for two weeks! I shredded the chicken and used it in burritos and salads and even added some to soup for a little extra protein. I found a great deal on blackberries so I bought 4 packs of blackberries and I've been using like, 6 a day so I don't run out too quickly. I started using only half a banana in oatmeal. Just little things like that.
....oh, and I buy the boxed wine because it is SO cost effective!
-iBotta. iBotta is an app you can download that will tell you all the things at a certain grocery store you can get a rebate on. I usually get a quarter for buying milk, a quarter for eggs, a quarter for carrots, etc etc. The biggest rebate I got was when I bought beer and fruit... they gave me $4 back! Of course, had I not bought those things I would have saved $11 but that's beside the point. I have a link if you want to try iBotta using my referral code: it's cosflah. Just go to ibotta and enter it in somewhere and I think we both get stuff. Yay! (I haven't gotten anything back yet but I attribute this to the fact that I just don't shop very much.)
-I try very hard to use my reusable bags. In our state if you want a bag it's 10 cents a bag. That adds up! I'm really trying to bring my own bags so I don't run into that issue.
-All of the water. All of the tea. For a while I was drinking 2-3 cans of Diet Coke a day. A DAY. I was also buying expensive coffee creamer to put in my 5 daily cups of coffee. This was making my body fat and my wallet skinny. So I just said no to all of it. I drink green tea instead of coffee in the morning, and I drink plain old iced water during the rest of the day. This has saved me money and I've noticed a physical difference, but that's a post for another time.
-Opinion Outpost. Some random YouTube video I was watching suggested Opinion Outpost as an easy way to make some cash, and so far it seems pretty legit. I've been doing these surveys here and there for about two weeks and I've ALMOST gotten $10! I kind of want to laugh at that, but $10 is $10! I have a referral code for this, as well. Here you go.
-I started making all of our food at home. Now for breakfast Keith gets overnight oats and I get either a pack of cranberry flaxseed oatmeal with blueberries or banana (although tomorrow I'm trying cottage cheese instead of oatmeal), I make us each a big filling salad for lunch, and then for dinner it's either another salad, a sandwich, some eggs, a chicken and veggie meal, or burritos. So far we've only eaten out twice, and that was after church both times. Hey, we'd made it to church, we deserved a reward! But eating at home is a huge saver. I like that it kind of forces me to come up with things that will work for a meal. And I know that pretty much whatever I make I will eat, and if Keith doesn't like it he will find something else.
-I became a quitter. I quit hulu. I quit my bank because they charged me a monthly service fee of $12 and I thought that was bogus. I quit paying for the karaoke app that I NEVER EVEN USE. I'm just trying to quit things all over the place.
-I've been seeking out new ways to monetize my blog, but that's hard since most of my family doesn't know it exists. I'm too afraid to post about it on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. It's just my silly blog that I've had for 3 years and I don't really want them reading it. I will literally tell strangers on the internet everything about me but I don't want my family to know that I tell strangers on the internet things about me. Or that these "strangers" and I visit each other and have multiple times. Anyway, all of that was to say that I'm keeping an eye out for sponsorships, collaborations, pretty much anything. So throw it at me!
-Staring at my savings account. When I look at my savings and see the number go up slightly every month I get really excited and I don't want to spend any of it. Plus, Keith and I are in the very beginning stages of planning a trip to Italy and the surrounding areas this fall and I want to save allllll my pennies for gelato and wine!!
-Winning the lottery. This isn't so much a strategy that I've actually implemented, but it like, really sounds like it would be helpful.
What do you think? Would you adjust anything? Can you add anything?