What ways do you save on your household expenses without the use of coupons?
Recently I did a little math on my coffee addiction - this was not pretty. I was spending over $1000 a year on "to go" latte from Dunkin Donuts.....so I decided I'd just stop - no more latte's for me! UUGGHHHH - that was the worst hour of my life! (kidding - it was a whole day) I then stopped at a local Speedway for gas on the way to work one day, and decided to go in (which I never do) to grab a soda. What did I see? Latte' in their machines and they were CHEAP! The same 16 ounce size I pay $3.00 for at DD was only $0.99, and everytime you buy 6 you get the 7th FREE. I was estatic. I didn't have to totally give up Latte' - I could just switch to a cheaper version (which by the way is much tastier too - so bonus) and save $600 a year but still enjoy my morning joe.
Anyone else have one of these "aha" moments?? A point in time where the true cost of doing something you wouldn't normally think twice about smacks you upside the head. I have to work on lunch now - I usually go out every day at work - think of the $$ I could save packing my own!!