Coupon-Free Ways to Save Money

Coupon-Free Ways to Save Money

Every price tag seems to be on a steady climb upward, but these coupon-free ways to save money will help you fill hungry bellies without emptying your wallet. These tips from Cara Harrington, Author of ‘Confessions of a Couponer: Real Ways to Save Money‘ you can trim your bills and put money back in your pocket.

Stretch a Meal and Your Grocery Budget With Inexpensive Foods

There are so many healthy, delicious, and cheap foods that complete a meal and stretch a buck. Vegetables can be a prime candidate for make a meal more filling. “You can save a ton of funds by going lighter on meat and investing in vegetables, legumes, leafy greens, and even some starches. For example, if you normally use a full pound of ground meat in, say, your lasagna, cut the pound in half and supplement the dish with diced squash, peppers, and/or onions. It will amp up the flavor, be healthier, and you can use that other half pound of ground meat to have a taco night. Add beans or rice, both are cheap eats, and you have made two meals with one pound of meat instead of two! The switch will save so much money.” Sweet potatoes, mushrooms, lentils, spinach, tofu, quinoa, and oatmeal are just a few of the budget-friendly options you can use in various ways to create entire meals or simply stretch out a feast.

Shop Smart Section-By-Section

Most people hunt for the best prices in a store-versus-store manner. Harrington explains how that is just part of the money-saving tactic. “What aisle or section you shop in matters more than the store in most cases. Take carrots – a one pound bag of baby carrots tends to run around $1.50, if you’re lucky – you can pick them up on sale for a buck. But, if you go to the bulk section and find carrots for around .50 cents a pound! That’s half of the sale price. The bulk section for nuts, wheat, flour, rice, spinach, fresh leafy greens, herbs, and even candy is another great place to save yourself from overpaying. Avoid buying per-packaged meals or sides whenever you can. You’ll be amazed at the price difference.

Unplug It

Just like you wouldn’t leave a light on in an unoccupied room, don’t waste energy (and your money) on electricity draining gadgets. Cara confessed, “I am terrible at remembering to unplug my cell phone charger. Even when your phone isn’t charging, the cord and adapter are still sucking energy – and cash – if you don’t unplug it completely.” Mobile phone chargers are just one of the many culprits. Appliances of all natures can use electricity whether it is off, on passive or active standby. TVs, video game consoles, VCRs, DVD players, computers, laptops, and printers tend to be the biggest financial drain.

For more money-saving tricks and couponing tips, pick up ‘Confessions of a Couponer: Real Ways to Save Money‘ for your tablet or get it on paperback.

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  • I do many of these things already. It’s smart to shut electrical things and lights off to save money. That’s a simple solution! I definitely agree. Coupons aren’t the only way to save!

  • These are great tips. I go around the house trying to unplug everything!

  • Awesome tips. My mom have tons of ways to save money and some of them are in here as well. Cool! Unplugging things is a classic!

  • Fab tips – it’s funny my husband was being conscious about this and suggested we turn off the fluorescent porch light at night – yet forgets about all the lights he leaves on in house! Funny hubby – it is a constant awareness

  • So true. I am always unplugging my electronic devices. For complex spaces like a computer system, I have a power surge that I can switch off to save a little extra as well.

  • Thanks for the great tips! I love trying to save as much as I can, growing kids they go things super fast

  • Thanks for the tip about buying bulk. Unfortunately most of the stores around here don’t sell items in bulk but there are stores within driving distance, like Whole Foods that do.

  • I love being able to save a little money here and there. Everything is so expensive as it is.

  • Some really good and simple tips anyone can use. These changes really can help save money.

  • We’ve been doing the veggie thing for the past couple of months and it’s definitely true. It’s amazing how much money you can save when you buy things in season, fresh and prepare it yourself. You can be as daring and creative as you’d like. It’s so nice! Great list! I’m going to try the unplug thing more!

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