Two Vegan Boys Weblog

A journey of cooking vegan food for my family.

$$$ Saving Tips

Tips for saving some money.  What are your’s?  I would love to hear.

 -Make your own vegetable broth. The scraps you would normally throw in the compost, put in a freezer storage bag. Place in the freezer, once it is full, put it in a large stock pot with 10 cups of water. Boil, then simmer covered for about 2 hours, let cool. Pour into storage containers. Now you have 8-10 cups of homemade vegetable stock. Throw the boiled scraps in the compost pile. Just beware of using pepper leftovers, not unless you want hot stock.

-If a friend wants to meet for lunch. Suggest a picnic if weather permits. It saves dining out.

-Make your own sauces and dressings.

-Make your own mayo and sour cream.

-Make your own spice mixes.

-Make a weekly grocery budget and stick to it. Take cash only to the grocery store so you can’t go over your budget.

-Make a weekly menu.

-Start a dinner co-op.

-Buy in bulk.

-Shop the sales ad and make your menu according to what is on sale.

-Use a clothes line. It can drastically cut your electric.

-Wash your clothes in cold water.

-Make your own laundry soap.

-If you have a baby, use cloth diapers. They save money, are better for the environment and great for your baby.

-Take your lunch.

-Drink coffee at home instead of the coffee shop.

-Set aside a certain amount of money for entertainment.

-Eat out less.

-Save gas for your car, by carpooling, walking, riding a bike or taking the bus to work. A monthly bus pass is cheaper than weekly gas fill-up in your car.

-Host a potluck. You get to try a variety of food and you only made one dish.

-Use cloth napkins. Buying paper napkins, not only wastes money but also is not environmentally friendly.

-Shop at thrift stores. What you need just might be there. It is cheaper, helps a charity and you saved some cash.

-Make handmade gifts.

-Grow vegetables. Gardening is fun. And most places have a nice enough climate to produce a Spring, Summer and Fall garden.

-Can foods when possible. Then you can use them at a later date.

-Double recipes, such as soups or casseroles and freeze them to eat later.

-Make your own bread, buns, and rolls.

-Make your own burger patties.

-Trade with others. Example: If you bake and a friend has a garden, trade veggies for baked goods.

-Make your own cleaning products. It is cheaper and better on the environment.

-Make your own insect repellent.

-Wash dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher. It is a waste of money and water.

-Make your own granola. It is cheaper than buying it for $5 a pound and even more.

-Make your own desserts (cupcakes, pies, cookies, etc). Tastes much better than the store bought ones.

-Give gifts of food.

-Exercise outdoors or at home instead of going to a gym. There is no membership to workout at home or on the grass.

-Seek free activities in your city. (free yoga day, free museum day)

-If you go to a movie, go to a matinee.

-Take your own snacks to the movie theatre.

-Drink more water and less soda. Your wallet and kidneys will thank you.

-Make your own applesauce. Easy to make and smells so good simmering in the crockpot.

-Buy only produce that is on sale or discounted.

-Make your own baby food.

-Shop your local Asian Market. You can get tofu, rice vinegar, sesame oil, wonton wrappers, eggroll wrappers and other Asian cuisine items for cheap.

-Buy bags of potatoes. They are cheaper by the pound when bought in a bag.

-Dehydrate your own fruit and veggies.

-Make your own preserves.

-Check out books from your local library instead of buying them.

-Host a clothes swap.

-Make your own ice cream.

-Make your own seitan.

-Make your own vegetable broth.  Freeze it for later use.

-Make your own soyrizo.

-Use dry beans for cooking, they are much cheaper than the canned ones.

-Make your own jerky (tofu jerky).

-Make your own granola bars.

 -Make your own cards.

-Make and use your own cloth baby wipes.

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8 thoughts on “$$$ Saving Tips

  1. Just saw this link… your talents continually amaze me! I hope you post more of your poetry!

  2. omnidudemeandthebean on said:

    I love it! These are wonderful. I posted a couple of new ones on my blog. Keep going.

  3. Amazing – I never knew you were a poet! You continue to surprise me. DJ xoxo

  4. Andrea on said:

    Hello from Melbourne!
    How about cloth pads? – they are wonderful and you can make your own if you can sew. I think you have covered everything else here though! – I just discovered your blog and love it!! – have started reading and can’t stop – I have 2 boys too!

  5. I also shop the veggie market–often cheaper, organic versus stores. Many stores will price match other store ads–drastically cuts the bill. Around here, the Hispanic orientated stores are often less expensive than other stores–especially for fruits/veggies. Many libraries have a ‘culture’ pass–free tickets to local museums, zoos, etc.

  6. The dishwasher uses less water than washing by hand. We did some research on it for energy savings.
    But great list!

  7. sariah on said:

    All you need is a membership at The Green PolkaDot Box. You will die when you see their prices on organic and natural foods. They will launch this summer but are selling memberships now. http://www.gpdb.com/vegan. They are the “costco” of the Whole food world. Get ready to save.

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