Saving money is a fantastic thing! Whether you are a single parent or have a low income, saving money is a God send! There are so many ways to stretch a dollar that are awesome! I used to be a single mother and I absolutely loved being thrifty whenever I could. Here are some awesome tutorials on tips and tricks to becoming money-wise while shopping.

Money Saver #1: Use your coupons!

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– I really, really want to emphasize this. Coupons are essentially a great money saver. Who doesn’t want to save a buck or three on fresh orange juice? You can even get double coupon discounts. Sometimes it takes a bit of time to clip coupons but they are totally worth it!

Money Saver #2: Meat savings

– I don’t know how picky anyone else is but when there is a 30% savings or more on a package of meat, buy it! When you get home divide the meat right away so you can toss it in the freezer.

Money Saver #3: Avoid grocery shopping when hungry!

– This is a big one! If you really need to get groceries, eat a peanut butter, wow butter or almond butter sandwich before you go shopping. Otherwise you will justify all your sugary snack and unhealthy food purchases.

Money Saver #4: Know your food prices

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– Write down the regular prices of foods you frequently buy. This will help you figure out which stores have the best prices and if you are getting a good deal on sale items.

Money Saver #5: Bring your calculator

– This is something I’ve been doing recently and it helps! This will help you keep track of how much you are spending and what you are buying. For example, ‘’Oh I need this shampoo and conditioner and they are $9.99’’. But if you look closely there are more cost effective store brands in a different bottle and wrapping that do the exact same thing.

Money Saver #6: Buy in season

– Vegetables and fruits are so good for you! Sometimes they seem pricey though. However, remember this one thing; when vegetables and fruits are in season they are cheaper. Take corn for example. During winter months corn on the cob is not as readily available as cabbage. There are tons of recipes that you can look up that are cheaper to make with seasonal fare. I’m not knocking frozen but my preference is fresh fruits and veggies.

Money Saver #7: Look at Expiry or Best Before dates

– This is important for one of two reasons. You don’t want to feed your family rotten produce and it’s a waste of money if you don’t use it up by the time it goes bad. Sale or no sale!

Money Saver #8: Store Brands

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– As I mention Store brands, I can hear some of you groaning and rolling your eyes! If you pay attention and read the labels, other than an ingredient or two, they are the same product!

Money Saver #9: Look at high and low shelves

– The most expensive items are usually put on the shelves where you can easily see and reach them. Some of the less expensive items may be on the higher or lower shelves.

Money Saver #10: Make a list

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– This sounds kind of duh! But I guarantee you that if you stick to your list (unless you find it on sale from regular price) you will save money. Sticking to the list means you aren’t buying all sorts of extras and can maybe take yourself out for a whipped latte or fresh squeezed juice!

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Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.