This, Not That!: Cheaper Alternatives to Popular Products

In today’s economy, saving money is more important than ever. The cost of everything has gone up, and the family can sometimes struggle to make ends meet. There are lots of ways to help save money though. It just takes a willingness to spend a little time and be a bit creative. Products you know and love also have cheaper alternatives – buying these can help you save a lot of money.

One way to really save on money is by buying things in bulk. Yes, it can be more expensive up front, but if you can swing it, you will be spending a lot less in the long run. Plus you won’t be headed to the store quite as often, saving on fuel.

There are also lots of products that are more expensive than others for basically the same thing. For instance, Charmin toilet paper is probably the most popular brand. However, it can also be the most expensive. If one can stomach not having the absolute most luxurious toilet paper in the world, try switching to Angel Soft. It still has a good amount of softness to it, but it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Store brands are the absolute cheapest. If the family isn’t particular, then that is really the way to go. Remember to buy in bulk as it means paying less per roll.

Another easy way to save money is by switching laundry detergent. Tide is probably the most well-known detergent brand, and while it does the job in great fashion, so do most other detergents on the market. The best one for savings and cleanliness is probably Purex. It comes in powder, liquid, detergent pods, and even the new towels. The Purex towels are awesome because they combine detergent, fabric softener, and a dryer sheet for about the same price as just detergent. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Try buying frozen rather than fresh! If prepared correctly, frozen vegetables and meats can be just as good as their fresh counterparts. They will also last a whole lot longer, meaning less wasted food.

Soda can also be an item that will really eat away at your wallet. It also isn’t the best for the family’s health. If it is a must have item, then try going for store brands as opposed to Coke and Pepsi products. They are less expensive, and it may be possible to find a flavor the family really enjoys. A better alternative would be to get things like Crystal Light or Kool-aid. If sugar content is not a factor, then Kool-Aid is great to have around for kids. Most of them love the flavor, and it’s generally well liked by parents too. Especially the lemonade and tea flavors. Crystal Light is great because it combines low price and low calories. it also tastes pretty darn good.

One of the few times you really can have it all! Using these ideas and finding your own ways to cut back on expenses at the grocery store can mean saving hundreds of dollars a month without sacrificing you family’s quality of life. It will feel so good to put away the extra funds for other things you need.

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  3. I’ve wondering if Purex was a good buy! I’m sometimes wary of products that seem too good to be true. We’re fairly loyal to Gain (original scent, no less) in our house. :) Maybe I’ll try Purex next time I need detergent and see if anyone notices! Thanks for sharing these tips and participating in the Yakezie Carnival!