Running a household isn’t a cheap and easy thing to accomplish. There are many supplies you’ll constantly have to replenish. When you add these all up to your monthly expenses, it does add up significantly, on top of the other essentials like grocery items and utility bills. Wanting to find ways to trim down on these expenses is, therefore, normal.
When you’re managing a household budget, the focus is often on the bigger expenses, without putting much thought about how the little household items add up to escalate your bills. Think of these for instance: your laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, and sponges–these little things.
With that said, here are six budget shopping tips for some of the most common household items:
1. Use Generic Or Store Brands
There are certain things in your home which may not necessarily call for their branded alternatives. These include cleaners like your dishwashing soap, bleach, cleaning sponges, toilet paper, kitchen towel, detergent–you name it.
Unless your favourite brand is on special, then it’s worth giving the store brands a try. More and more supermarkets and shops are coming up with their own store brand items, for a lower price than that of the branded ones, but still with a competitive quality.
2. Keep Track Of Your Purchases
Keeping track of your purchases enables you to remember how much of certain household items you use in a month, so you can watch out when a sale comes.
For example, after going through your supermarket’s catalogue, you know that your dishwashing liquid is going on special next week. It’s on half-price that it turns out cheaper than the generic one. If you’re due to buy dishwashing liquid anyway, then might as well buy two bottles, now that it’s on half price. By doing so, you’re stretching the purchasing power of your dollar.
Tracking your purchases enables you also to keep a budget for those certain expenses, so you’re ready for when they suddenly run out.
3. Use Coupons And Take Advantage Of Discounts
Certainly, you can’t go crazy like the extreme coupon shoppers and collectors you see on TV. But you get the point. If you have a store membership, or you’re browsing through your Coles catalogue, or any other supermarket in your local area, there are coupons available for certain things you need to buy. Take advantage of those coupons.
Any discount you can get for items you know you’ll end up using soon are big savings on your monthly budget.
With that in mind, it’s always a good idea too to plan your shopping trips. Before you go to your supermarket, make it a point to visit the shop’s website first to check for any coupons you can use. Saving monthly on your usual expenses can mean more budget for other needs.
4. Make Bulk Purchases
Depending on where you are and the stores you usually shop from, there may be certain purchases that end up cheaper when you buy in bulk. It may cost you more at present, but in the long run, it results to cash savings than when purchased per item. Buying in bulk enabled you to save more.
Think of the things you run out fast in your household. There’s no uniform approach to this, as households have different patterns, depending on your family’s size and needs. The most common items usually bought in bulk are toilet paper, kitchen towels, canned goods, and baby diaper.
5. Simplify Your Supplies
Take a good look at your cleaning supplies. Do you have separate items for everything? Floor cleaner, wood cleaner, table cleaner, kitchen oven, shower cleaner, bathroom floor cleaner, these are only a few.
You don’t really need to have separate cleaning supplies for every single need. An all-purpose cleaner or multi-surface cleaner works just as well. When you simplify your supplies, you may be able to significantly reduce your bill for household items. Specialised cleaners are often quite expensive compared with the usual bleach or multi-purpose cleaner.
6. Make Your Own Household Cleaners
There are some household cleaning supplies that are actually quite easy to make on your own. If you’ve made that choice now to live a more natural and eco-friendlier lifestyle, then you may want to skip on too much chemical household cleaners.
Some of the ingredients for household cleaners are common pantry items like baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and lemon, among others.
Saving money on certain expenses, without necessarily cutting off those household items off your grocery list, is always a good idea. If you take the time to sit down and list every single household item you need to replenish every month, you may be surprised by how much of your budget it eats up.
If there’s anything the recent times has taught everyone, it’s that it’s very important to be as practical as possible, and to be budget-savvy. The tips above can help you successfully reach that goal.