Meal planning is necessary if you want to maximize your grocery savings. Successful meal planning uses many of the same ingredients in dishes throughout the week so that any perishables don’t go to waste. You’re also less likely to pick up the phone for take-out if you already have an idea of what to make for dinner. Having a template makes the process much easier, so I made this cute printable meal planner. This is what I use every week for my family and it definitely helps!
With enough commitment and planning, coupons can save you a ton of money, but I will be the first to admit that I don’t have the patience for extreme couponing. It’s honestly a little intimidating, but while I’m not the most dedicated couponer, I’ve still found a few places to rack up savings that others often overlook.
Hulu is awesome. We don’t have cable or satellite, so Hulu is how we watch TV without actually having tv. It’s great! Unfortunately, it’s also one of the first things to go when we have to start cutting back on our budget. Even though it’s a reasonable price ($7.99 a month plus taxes for the regular subscription,) it isn’t a necessity. So imagine my excitement when I realized I could get a year of Hulu for free! Even better, it’s super easy to do!