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    Been thinking about what's ahead for me in the next 5 years and realized that my bf and I need both our vehicles replaced within the next couple of years. Plus I'd like to move to a place where there's a backyard for Stig. Suffice to say, I'm looking into cutting back on some things and trying to live frugally for the next little while.

    Does anyone have any money saving ideas that worked for you? I've already been doing laundry during the times when hydro is at it's cheapest, unplugging anything that aren't being used, such as the toaster oven, tvs, etc.

    Any other tips would be great!

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    Great topic, I am also looking to save some

    I have been really looking at food and how I can make budget meals because I am used to going all out. Also getting clothes used on eBay or savers.

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    You mentioned buying vehicles, I never understood why more people don't look to auctions to buy their vehicles. I've known people to get amazing deals on amazing vehicles at auctions. One of my friends got a two year old Mercedes SLK with bumper damage for around $8K at auction. He paid $900 for a new bumper and had a flawless Mercedes with less than 10,000 miles on it for dirt cheap. Also, not quite sure where you live, but as always living further away from cities and/ or amenities can net you a better house at a better cost. Apart from that, those little things that don't seem like much really add up. If you smoke, quit. If you eat out a lot, limit yourself. Public transportation can save on gas... and so on.

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    yep the eating out is huge! My thing is when I am out shopping for groceries or something I always ask myself "do we NEED this" and put it back if not. Sounds lame but seriously has made me not buy so many things that I could have used but didnt HAVE to have. Even something stupid like bobby pins. lol. I have never looked into auctions for cars I guess because I know nothing about cars to know if it is a good deal or not. Would be terrified of getting that lemon (would be my luck) My dad is a mechanic but I know he would NOT want to have to fix my lemon.

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    I'm saving too...Chris is 40 next year and I want to take him to Vegas for a week. but then there will also be a trip to Florida that I have promised myself and Connor next May.
    so we arnt having a Holiday this year to help save just day trips here and there.

    start off by jotting down all your weekly/monthly expendature....everything no cheating.
    work out from that list what is essential for daily living and start by cutting out everything that isnt.
    treats are important to maintain self esteem but limit them so that the treat means more.

    the energy saving lightbulbs are great for saving on electricity bills, unplugging appliances not in use, turn off the TV, Sky box, DVD player etc when not being used instead of using standby.
    do you drive into work? is it close enough to walk...ride a bike or can you car share with a collegue who lives close by?
    how far is the supermarket is home delivery option cheaper than driving there and back?
    I like home delivery because I only get what I need and am not tempted to buy stuff I dont really need cos the display looks good.

    its hard to think and list the things we do when looking to save but if I think of anything I'll let you know

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    Oh and also get a savings account and have it automatically take out like $100 every month. Even if you cant afford it you can always transfer it back but I have found more times than not I dont notice it gone even when money is tight.

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    Thanks for all the tips guys!

    Never thought about going to an auction before. But I would be fearful of getting that lemon too. My only requirement in a car is as long as it's reliable enough to go on roadtrips with Stig (and the bf. haha) without any worry of it breaking down, then it's good enough for me. My bf on the other hand is strictly Subaru. They're great cars but they're not that cheap. And he's somehow rough on his cars for some reason so he goes through them quick. Plus don't even get me started on the accessories he says he 'needs' such as exhaust, tires, etc. Men and their cars, I tell ya. . lol.

    I'm looking to move too because I drive 90kms one way to get to my job, which also increased my insurance.

    Will need to start asking the 'do I need this question' too. Even when I buy stuff for Stig . But in the end it's all for him.

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    Also look at your bills and insurance. Call your cell phone company, car ins, cable tv, ect and find out if they have any updated offers

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    @desertskybulldogs - Thanks. I'm thinking of downgrading my cable internet, phone and cell phone plans. Maybe save at least $50 a month from doing that.

    As for the food tips, I regularly shop at ethnic markets to save some cash. The things there are generally cheaper. Don't mind the employees barely speaking english though. I also recently learned that you can also ask the manager if they're willing to sell a box of meat for a lot less. For example, there was a sale on chicken legs with thighs recently, going for about 40 cents cheaper per lb. But if you buy a whole box (I think it was 10kg), I managed to save an extra $10. The box indicated that it came from the local Shneider's company, so the quality is good.

    I also buy a lot of things in bulk and freeze them. This can range from bread to vegetables (even garlic!).

    And if you have farmers in your area, they also can give you some good deals on eggs and whatever meat and vegetables they raise and grow.

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    Oh and also for anyone who has a 99cent store that carries produce it actually CAN be better than what is at the reg store. Mine always has mushrooms so for that alone is reason enough for me since even on sale they arent cheap. Sometimes it is hit and miss but if you have a good store near you check it out. Some dont have any cold items I wouldnt go to those so much.

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    Oh I forgot to add, potty train your 2 year old. Of course my boy is a genius and it only took 1 day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertskybulldogs View Post
    Oh I forgot to add, potty train your 2 year old. Of course my boy is a genius and it only took 1 day!
    Wait, he's only two!? At this rate he can publish a book by age 5.

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