I parked on the road near the airport (small town) to avoid paying $7 a day in parking fees for the 17 days I am away. That's me covered for this thread until early next year right? :)
Here's an idea for the future: If you're flying or going on a cruise or whatever and need to leave your car somewhere, take it to a local auto shop and leave it for some basic maintenance (oil change, alignment, whatever). Talk to the owner ahead of time and say that you'll need to leave it for a few days. No one will tow your car for being "unattended", and you'll get the maintenance you needed done.
Made my own coffee.
Friend of mine has adopted an odd tactic: She and her family GO THROUGH coffee. She discovered a gas station (weird, I know) that sells coffee for $1.50/gallon. She bought a thermos so she can pick up a gallon every couple days. Says it's cheaper than brewing at home.
I'm not sure if it saved any money because deli pepperoni and mozarrella aren't the cheapest stuff I can buy. But it was way cheaper than driving out to get a takeout pizza or ordering delivery. And much quicker than making a whole large pizza like I usually do when the whole family is dining with me.
Do you have a grocery store with a make-your-own salad bar that sells by the pound? If so, compare the cost of filling a Styrofoam salad container with JUST cheese to the cost of buying cheese.
Of course, then you're getting that pre-shredded stuff that has an additive to prevent it from clumping, so this is really a money-saving /health-questionable hint.
Snatched my free greek yogurt coupon from Kroger, printed store list with coupons for each items based off the meal plan. Put cabbage in the crock pot this morning for cabbage and polish sausage for supper. Saved mashed potatoes that I almost threw away last night for potato cakes (to go with said cabbage and polish sausage). Prep work on fridays is a must - after work I have a tendency to run home, pour a glass of wine and order takeout.
We are eating more cabbage. It's SO cheap, and have you made homemade sauerkraut? Seriously, it's about 30 minutes work for all you can eat all winter
, and it only has three ingredients. And don't say you don't like sauerkraut if you've never had REAL, HOMEMADE stuff. It bears no resemblance to the stuff from a can or bag.
Did anyone else notice that the vast majority of these revolve around food?
Well, you can't save on a big car repair or find a deal on your insurance every day
-- but you can save on food every day.