1. ALWAYS use a list. A list helps you stay on budget and it helps a lot with this conversation: "Mom, can we get....?" Mom replies, "Is it on the list?" "No." Mom says, "Then we can't get it, sorry." This words with my husband too!
3. Don't buy bottled water. There are other ways to get water that are cheaper.
5. Buy meat in bulk and then rewrap to freeze smaller packages.
9. Don't impulse shop. Stay strong and stay with the list. Spending a dollar here and a dollar there adds up fast. You do not NEED a candy bar, an energy drink, or another tube of chap stick. Also just because something IS on SALE doesn't mean you need to buy it. If you didn't intend to buy it then buying it, even though it's on SALE, still means you are spending more then you meant to.