To scrimp or splurge? We may have gotten so used to buying certain products that we may be overlooking more affordable (and practical!) alternatives. Instead of your usual purchases, consider these listed alternatives to give more bang for your buck.
Vegetables and meat substitutes like tofu instead of beef
Use ground pork or chicken to mix with the veggies instead of making meat the main viand. Make sure you don’t keep your vegetables in the fridge for more than a week, though. Beef is expensive, not to mention detrimental to the environment. Try to substitute beef with pork or chicken. And buy local!
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Sachets instead of buying and using in bulk.
Opt for sachets whenever it’s applicable. When you measure what you use, you won’t waste it. You think you might be saving when you buy and use in bulk, but knowing that you have a lot of something tempts you and your family to waste it or consume more (i.e. sugar, milk – anything in bulk quantities). This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy in bulk where it makes sense. Buying in bulk to cook in bulk is fine.
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Store labels instead of branded labels for generic items.
Buy store labels only when it makes sense to you, and evaluate what your priorities are. If you aren’t very particular about quality for a certain type of purchase (i.e. condiments or facial tissue), then generic is fine. For branded labels, ake sure to define what’s worth spending on and what’s not.
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Baby sling instead of a stroller
A baby sling is economical and keeps baby snug, happy and close to you. Try it first before committing to this way of carrying the baby. A stroller is bulky and expensive. However, evaluate before deciding. Try out the sling first.
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Energy-saving light bulbs instead of incandescent light bulbs
Replace all your bulbs at home with energy-saving bulbs.
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Baking soda instead of commercial brands of cleaner and deodorizer
Baking soda can do so many things. Mix with water and voila, you have a kitchen cleaner and a fridge deodorizer.