I am thinking about running a series of blog posts on money saving tips for the starving writer. The free sample lady at my local Wal-Mart grocery is always full of tips. I love this lady. She doesn’t stand around with a blank look on her face or scowl at the people who are eating her samples even when they obviously have no intention of purchasing the product. No, this woman will chat with you whether you’re going to buy her products or not. She also likes to look in your shopping cart to see if she has any coupons for what you are buying. She has saved me money on a few occasions.
One day she noticed that I had some pickles in my cart. I like pickles, and I am picky about them. No matter how broke I am, there is only one brand of pickles that I will buy, and I don’t care that they are probably the most expensive pickles in the store or that they have to be refrigerated whether you have opened them yet or not.
“Those are good pickles, aren’t they?” free sample lady said.
“Oh yes, we eat them all the time,” I said, hoping she was about to offer me a coupon for a dollar off.
She didn’t have a coupon for me, but she did have a tip. She told me that once you finish a jar of these particular pickles, you can reuse the juice to “make” another jar of your own. All you have to do is slice up a cucumber and throw the slices into the jar of pickle juice. Then leave them in the refrigerator for at least three days. Next thing you know, you have another jar of your favorite, expensive pickles without the high cost.
She gave me a few additional tips as well. For example, you shouldn’t re-use the juice more than once. She recommends that you slice your pickles at a different angle than the ones you purchased. That way, you can easily remember whether this batch of pickles is the store-bought or the homemade.
Even if you do this only once with each jar you buy, you can save a couple of dollars on every other jar of pickles that your family eats. When you eat as many pickles as my family does, that adds up to around $20 in savings each year. Imagine how much money you can save if you come up with several similar ideas and implement them consistently.
What are your best money saving tips? Please share in the comments below.
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