McDonald's might entice some cash-strapped US consumers with its dollar menu, but you all have a much healthier solution when it comes to saving money: Head to your local dollar store. New Year's Resolutions and the economic recession have made us more conscious of where our money is going, so I asked where you've been cutting back to save more.
Besides going out to eat less often, shopping at the dollar store was the most common answer in your comments. Many of you shop there for household items like trash bags, cleaning supplies, tupperware, party supplies, and wrapping paper. Your enthusiasm has inspired me to become a dollar store regular.
You shared many more smart ways to save; see four of your best ideas when you read more.
- Tlight's solution: "I have been trying to limit myself to one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner out per week." I think it's a great idea to put an exact number on your eating out limit, instead of just stating that you're trying to eat out less.
- Corisue's money saving habit: "I plan out meals so I'm only buying groceries that we'll use and not throwing unused food away." Wasting less food and money is a win-win.
- Starangel82's warm idea: "I bought a nice, warm, snuggly throw so I can cut the thermostat down and still be nice and cozy while I sit on the couch."
- Jude C's eco-friendly tip: "We got a Brita water pitcher, and it's already paid for itself and more in the money saved on buying bottled water.