Try Something Different - it could save you money

One way to save money is to try something different. You might just find something that you like that is less expensive.

Often we get stuck on a certain product and never try alternatives. It seems that some are at least worth trying, if they might help you save money on groceries.

I'm not encouraging you to try something just because it's a "new item." I'm encouraging you to try different things as alternatives with the aim of saving money. Maintain an objective of saving money.

What I'm suggesting is to try different things like:

  • a cheaper brand of the same type of cheese
  • the same brand, but a less costly cheese that might work just as well in your recipes
  • a less expensive per pound block of cheese instead of one that costs more because it's shredded
  • less costly head lettuce instead of the lettuce that is more costly than meat because it's already bagged
  • cheaper off brands of various products
  • a new vegetable that is less per pound than most, and it's something you've never tried
  • a variety of apple that is new and therefore at an introductory price, and you've never tasted it before
Often new things will be brought onto store shelves to test out marketplace interest. They can be much less expensive then, before they catch on in popularity. That's a time you can save money on groceries.

Jicama is a good example. It used to be dirt cheap when it was first introduced. When its popularity grew in just a couple of years, so did the price - it tripled.

When trying different things, remember to keep in mind about what you think you should be paying. For example, if you're trying a new vegetable, keep in mind what a reasonable price per pound should be for vegetables. If the new vegetable gives you a chance at saving some money per pound, then give it a whirl.

Done with Try Something Different, back to Frugal Shopping

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.