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I have been cooking whole meals in my crockpot for 31 years:same crockpot too! It only costs a few cents a day to run one, instead of using an oven or microwave! Banked the saved $ and renovated my home's whole interior!
Save-a-Lot is a good example (that's where we shop).
I got into the habit of keeping a spending log for each month, recording what I spent, when, where, what was purchased, a category, etc in a spreadsheet-type document. Knowing that I would have to go home and fill out ALL that information kept me from spending money on things I didn't really need!
My husband and I have recently paid off every credit card we had; after working on this task for nearly two years! It just aggravated me to no end to see all that interest that we did pay and would have paid had we continued to keep them alive and acitve!
Avoid impulse buying. Before you purchase something ask yourself if this is something you need or just want. If it is a want than forgo the purchase until a later date to see if you still want it. Search for a coupon and get the cheapest price. Impulse buying adds up.
I have direct deposit, so I set up a certain amount to go directly into savings. That way I don't miss it and I don't think about it. This gives me an emergency fund, so that if something unexpected happens I am prepared.