It was really difficult to go from a two incomes to just one. I’ve been working since I turned 16 years old and this is the first time that I have ever depended on someone else.
We had less money to work with so I had to get really creative. Coupons are hardly an option in South Africa. You are lucky if you get a R3 off voucher, which amounts to $0.19. Who can do anything with $0.19? We are also limited to 4 or 6 items per customer at certain stores. So I resorted to bulk buying.
Here’s my list of items that I bulk buy to save money and time:
- Toilet Paper
- Dog Food
- Boxed juices for school
- Packets of chips for school
- Dried fruit or other healthy school snacks
- Toothpaste and soap
I replenish these items every three months, so they really last a long time. I also save on petrol or gas to get to the store.
We also save money by doing the following:
- Switching off our electric stove when not in use
- Running the pool pump for only two hours a day
- Running the geyser/ water heater for two hours a day
- Making our own dog treats
- Baking biscuits and crackers in bulk and storing it
- Cooking a meatless meal once a week
- Diluting my toddler’s juice with water
- Buying refill packs or sachets of detergents
- Keeping track of specials at local stores
These changes have slashed our bills to less than half of what they were a year ago. I hope this helps you to save money too.