Our grandparents knew about saving and living frugally, especially those who lived through the world wars and their own times of hardship and sacrifice. These tips were shared by a member with New England roots who remembers her Yankee grandmother sharing these suggestions:

  1. Cut Coupons for saving things you buy anyway.
  2. Shop with a grocery list. It will keep you focused on your needs and from impulse buys like the 3 for 1 gallons of ice cream sales!
  3. Buy generic. Many store brand items are made by the companies that manufacture your favorite brands. And do you really need pricey fancy cleaning supplies or paper products?
  4. Save your loose change. Collect your coins in a jar and see how fast it adds up to dollars. Publix has coin counting machines.
  5. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Same goes for electronics not in use.
  6. Wash your laundry in cold water. The cycle will use less energy than hot water cycles, and cold water is more gentle on delicate fabrics.

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” – Ben Franklin.