Beginner Tips: Saving Money without Coupons!

I completely understand that couponing isn’t for everyone! Having said that, I do think that saving money should be for everyone! I have a great list, originally complied by my good friend Tiffany, with tips on saving money without using coupons. Many of you seasoned savers may think this list is obvious, but there was a time in my life when I could have used a basic lesson in saving! Hopefully some of you find this heplful. I’ve added a few edits and extra points, but I know there are so many I’ve missed. Leave a comment if you know of any more and I’ll add them to this post! Want more beginner tips? Check out the series HERE.

Tips on Saving Money Without Using Coupons:

  • Plan a budget and stick to it (cash envelopes if needed)
  • Shop alone
  • Plan your menu according to what’s on sale
  • Have a weekly or bi-weekly menu plan
  • Cook from scratch
  • Cook large or double batches and freeze
  • Use leftovers
  • Make your own snack mixes
  • Learn to cook from food storage
  • Pack your own lunch
  • Eat out less often
  • Make fewer larger trips
  • Share great deals with friends
  • Keep pantry stocked
  • Change eating habits (juice concentrate vz. pre-made)
  • Don’t shop hungry
  • Scan cupboards, fridge and pantry before shopping
  • Keep a running list of items needed (on the fridge or close by)
  • Be willing to deviate from your list or menu based on in-store sales
  • Generic brands are great too!
  • Buy a Sunday paper or look online for weekly circulars
  • Keep a price book
  • Stock up when items are on sale
  • Get rain checks when items are sold out
  • Visit multiple stores when needed
  • Price match ads and circulars at stores like Walmart and Target
  • Use preferred cards
  • If possible, invest in a chest freezer to keep items fresh longer
  • Be careful of buying bulk and wholesale stores, check the unit price
  • Bring a calculator to check unit price
  • Keep an eye out for product “shrinkage”, items that have been reduced in size/quantity (1.5 quarts vs. ½ gallon)
  • Eat less
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables and less meat
  • Plant a garden
  • Shop the local farmer’s market
  • Drink less flavored beverages and juices and more water
  • Pay attention to pricing errors at checkout
  • Consider the value of your time