Our $60/week grocery budget includes household items, toiletries and diapers. In order meet the $60 goal each week, I wanted to share a few more ways to cut grocery costs on non-food items.
1. Use cloth dish towels. No need to buy paper towels when you have a stack of sturdy dishtowels to use! While I do buy paper towels on occasion, I use them sparingly!
2. Cut dryer sheets in half. And then they will last twice as long. A large box of dryer sheets for $5.99 when on sale with coupon will last me about 9 months when I cut them in half. (Or you could make you own dryer sheets!)
3. Use half the recommended fabric softener. I use half the recommended fabric softener…and sometimes none at all. (Or if you’re up for it, make you own!)
4. Stockpile household cleaners and laundry items. If you are not up for making your own cleaners and soaps, stock up when the price is right (insert theme song and Bob Barker, er, Drew Carey!). While I’ve bought laundry detergent for as little as $2/40-load bottle, my goal price is $5 or less for a 32-40-load bottle or box….with sale and coupon, of course!
5. Don’t pay for toothpaste, razors and soap! Watch the drugstore circulars. Match coupons up with sales and ECB/RR deals. Cutting out these costs from your grocery bill will allow you to spend $$ on other things…like food
6. Make your own cleaners. Try out this recipe for general 409-like cleaner, or this one for homemade glass cleaner, or these great recipes for fruit and veggie cleaner and more, and this great non-toxic cleaning kit! And another great comprehensive homemade cleaners recipe list from Jolly Mom.
8. Reuse foil. Be careful how you use it. Rinse it if a little food gets on it. Let dry, fold and store for using again. Obviously, if a ton of melted cheese gets all over the foil, don’t reuse!
9. Wash and reuse plastic baggies. When you finish using up a freezer baggie or a baggie that stored something not too messy, turn it inside out, wash with dishsoap and hot water and rinse. Place the slightly wet plastic baggie, still inside out and upside down so the water will drain off, up to a clean painted wall (doesn’t work on wallpaper or textured walls). The baggie will stick to the wall and dry. Once dry, fold it back to the correct side and store for use another time.
What other suggestions do you have for cutting non-food grocery costs? We’d love to hear!!!