Quick and easy money saving tip
Whenever you are about to buy something, think what you would do if that item was not available. Would you:
a) buy a equally or more expensive alternative,
b) buy a cheaper alternative, or
c) do without.
If you would do a) then just buy the item you intended to buy. If it is b) or c) then act as though the item was not available and either buy the cheaper alternative or do without.
I did this in a take-away restaurant. I saved a dollar and enjoyed the alternative meal just as much. I think I'll start using this technique more often.
If you get really good at it, you could even start imagining that your first two choices weren't available, or your first three. But probably best to start off small.
Baskin Robbins sells HUGE sodas for 89 cents... which is about 80 cents less than comparable stores... not sure if its true all over...
P.S. I dunno if I will ever be able to take the 3rd option