- Shop sales, but only for items on your list and meal plan, and think outside of the grocery store box. This week, the Walgreen's on my street corner is advertising a gallon of milk for $2.99 and my favorite coffee is $.49 cheaper at Target.
- If you have a non-budgeted expense, especially for a "want" and not a "need," gather all the loose change in the house and head to a bank, such as TD Bank's Penny Arcade, to have it counted and doled out for free.
- Barter away! Find your special skill, talent or interest and trade it for what you need within your network. My neighbors and I do this all the time, swapping haircuts, birthday cakes and even tax advice when needed.
- Bulk up, and pare down. Buy snack food items in bulk and serve up smaller portions in snack-sized baggies or even reusable plastic containers. Your waistline will get smaller while your wallet looks bigger.
What are your favorite tips? Come on, share with the class, we could all use a little help these days!