Two items that affect everyoneís monthly budget are groceries and gas. The bad news is that both of these items continue to rise on a monthly basis. The good news is that there are ways to save money on both groceries and gas. Saving money is not a difficult thing but it does require some time and effort.
One of the first ways to save money on your gas bill is to use a gas company that provides a discount to members. There are retail outlets that will provide you a yearly membership for a modest fee of $50 or less. These retail outlets may offer up to a $.10 per gallon discount on gasoline from your regular gas retail outlets. This $.10 saving per gallon for gas will offset the $50 membership payment many times over.
Also, if the retail outlet provides discounted prices for members on food items such as meat, dairy, produce, and staples, this will be a double savings. You will also be able to save money by using coupons. Many people do not use coupons because they think they are insignificant when it comes to saving money. However, smart shoppers know that they can save hundreds of dollars each year simply by using coupons.
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Many retail outlets offer coupons when you enter the store. They provide a coupon display rack that you can choose from before you start shopping. This alone can save you a handsome percentage off your weekly grocery bill. You will also be able to find coupons in local newspapers, magazines, and even online. If you go online and search for a particular food product you may find a coupon that you can print from your computer. There are even online coupon companies that will provide you with hundreds of coupons for thousands of items.
Another good way to save money on both food and gas is to not waste it. When you are driving your vehicle never stop for a long period time with the motor running. This is a complete waste of fuel. It is the same with food products. Before you start your weekly grocery shopping make a list of what you already have in your cupboards so that you do not purchase the same product. This will be especially true for products that have a limited shelf life.
A recent study showed that the average consumer wastes 40 percent of the food that they buy because they forget that they already have the product at home. The product at home expires and then the consumer has to throw it into the garbage. The study also suggested that most people purchase more than what they actually need.
Therefore, with just a few simple adjustments in your lifestyle you will be able to save a lot of money on both your grocery and gas purchases. You can use this extra money to treat your family to a yearly vacation in an exotic location. Or perhaps you can purchase that new wardrobe that you have been waiting for.