More ways to stretch your $$

With this jacked up economy and the rising fuel costs, I wanted to share some additional tips on how to save some money…

Iced coffee – Buy the flavoured creamer of your choice which is usually about $2.29 and add it to a pot of brewed coffee and keep  it chilled in your fridge until you’re ready to use it.  This saves up to $15 a week

Iced Tea – Same concept as Iced Coffee.  Brew the tea, add honey or sweetener of choice, and lemon/lime and save yourself from buying Arizona or whichever brand you do

Rotisserie Chicken – If you don’t have time to cook, instead of buying a meal for one from KFC or the like, buy a Rotisserie Chicken from your grocery store and you can eat off it for a few days . Use some as is, make into a chicken salad, make sandwiches, or add to a salad.  You’ll get 3-4 uses for roughly $5.99 a chicken

Coffee or Tea To Go – Unless you work for a company that provides coffee/tee or you have a per monthly unlimited coffee/tea club, you can save money by buying a Thermos (typically about $15-20 for lifetime use) and make your coffee/tea at home and then bring it with you drink from during the day.  I make tea at home in my travel cup for the ride in and also make tea in my 24oz Thermos which allows me to have hot tea to drink throughout the day.  Saving of almost $10 a week

Snacks – Purchase snacks for yourself as you would for your children and then bring them to work so you can stop buying snacks from the vending machine which average $1.25 per purchase

Bottled Water – Purchase a case of water and bring it to work instead of buying it from a vending machine. Or if you have filtered water at home, bring your water to work in a portable container.  A case of water averages $5.99 instead of $1.50 from a machine

Deli meats – Purchase deli meat and make your sandwiches the night before so you can grab and go in the morning.  The average pound of deli meat is $6.99 where one sandwich can cost that

Leftovers for lunch – Depending on what the meal was the night before, that’s always a viable option

Seasonal Items – Now that Easter (or any holiday) has passed, take advantage of the reduced prices on non-perishable items that you may need for next year such as eggs, grass, baskets, paper products, etc.  Check the shelf life on candy and you may be able to purchase certain candies also.  Store them in air tight containers to preserve them

Cable – Contact your cable company and inquire about any unadvertised specials/promotions they may have in order to reduce your bill.  Or if the show you were watching on a Premium Channel is done for the season, consider canceling the subscription until it comes back. You may be able to save $10-20 a month

Dining Out – Check with local places you dine at to see if they have any specials.  My local Thai spot that offers a 3-course meal between 5-6pm for $10.95 Monday – Friday

Coupons – I’m sure everyone is aware of using coupons, but some may not know that stores like Target have their own coupons that can be used in conjunction to a manufacturer coupon; sometimes doubling what you’ll save on the product.  Also, mobile coupons offer additional savings and are stored right on your phone so you don’t have to worry about forgetting your coupon at home

I hope these tips will help to keep some of your hard earned money in your pockets.

That is all!