Month: August 2015

How to save money on food

Many people say that they would be rich if they didn’t have to buy food. Food can be expensive, particularly if you have a lot of mouths to feed. What’s more is we get used to buying specific brands of tined tomatoes for example, that cost a lot more than other very similar products.

So how can we save money on food, while still enjoying what we eat? After all, there’s no point buying cheaper products if they don’t taste that nice is there? The good news is that we can all save money on food, without having to compromise on taste and quality.


Buying cheaper products

You may be interested to know that some cheaper supermarket own-label brands are made in the very same factory as the more expensive brands. For example, the cheap thick ketchup that you love could be made in the very same place as the value brand. The value brand is cheaper simply because it’s not as thick, as the more expensive, but it will still taste the same.

Cheaper products can often be just as good as the more expensive ones, so it’s worth your while checking them out. Of course, not every single cheaper product will be as good as those that cost a little more, but you’ll be surprised at how many are.


Shop around

Shopping around is a sure-fire way for you to see what’s on offer, and what is sold a little cheaper elsewhere. You can usually find a lot of difference in the prices of everyday groceries in a number of different supermarkets. There are 4 supermarkets in my small town, and I know which one sells the cheapest fruit, and which one sells the cheapest bread. Knowing what you can get and where you can get it from, can potentially save you approximately $5-10 a week.

When it comes to shopping around, you can also use the same money-saving methods when you’re buying other products too. For example, Cloud Nine Straighteners may be $10 cheaper in one store than they are in another, so knowing where you can save cash, will help your bank balance.


Using up your leftovers

I always use up my leftovers, you know why? Because I can usually make another meal out of it or I can enjoy the leftovers alongside other food. For example, I had some chili leftovers in my refrigerator, so the next day I had it with some salad and a jacket potato. Although I was not able to create a whole meal out of my leftovers, I was at least able to enjoy it the next day.


Using up the food you have in stock

One of the best things that you can do to lower your monthly grocery bill, is to use up the food you have in stock. My mother in law goes out and buys groceries each week, without knowing what she has in the cupboards at home. Suffice to say, she usually has a lot more food in than she really needs. My wife and I like to use up the food that we have in stock, because we usually have a lot more food than we realize, and we therefore save money on our grocery bill when we do venture out to the supermarket.


As you can see, there are some great and relatively easy ways that you can save money on food. Why not think about using the above tips as you’ll soon see your bill drop quite dramatically.


What should you wear to a wedding?



I recently attended a family wedding, and as usual, I had to decide what I wanted to wear. I had an outfit that I wore to the last family wedding, but I knew I wasn’t able to get away with wearing it again. This meant I had to go out and buy a whole new outfit, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The trouble with attending a wedding, even though people you love may be getting married, is there’s a lot of pressure for all of the guests to look good. This means that everyone will have to do their best to find an outfit that looks good, and is relatively comfortable too.

I’m always unsure as to what I should wear, as I’m not a very girly girl. I would have been quite happy to wear a smart pair of jeans and one of my favorite shirts, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to get away with it. This of course meant that I had to find an outfit that looked nice, but one that I didn’t mind wearing. I refuse to wear anything that I don’t like, and anything that is uncomfortable. I know a lot of people are happy to sacrifice their comfort to look good, but that’s just not me.

What I wore

In the end, I bought some smart new black pants and a white shirt that had nice pink stripes going down it. The shirt was one that you could wear to a job interview, it was pretty smart, and it was comfortable too. I also accessorized with a bag I bought from I Flew The Nest, and I had a nice pair of boots on that were very comfortable. It’s safe to say that without too much fuss, I was able to find a nice outfit to wear to the wedding.


So what should you wear?

I guess you can in effect wear anything that you want to a wedding, but we all know that we should probably dress in something smart/pretty. My advice if you’re looking for an outfit to wear, is to find something that looks smart, but make sure you’re comfortable wearing it. You don’t have to wear clothes that are too tight, you don’t have to wear shoes that are uncomfortable, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on the outfit (Unless you really want to).

Think about what you would like to wear to the wedding, then find a way that you can make that outfit smart. Be smart, be pretty and stay comfortable, and the wedding that you may not want to go to, will be better than you imagined.


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