23 April 2014

Grow Your Own

There's no shame in wanting to save money on your monthly expenses. And, because of the current state of the economy, flashing your frugality is actually considered to be cool - something we Cheapskaters have known for a long, long time! Plus, the more money you save on necessities, the more money you can spend on what you really want!

Everyone is aware of the obvious money-saving ideas, such as taking lunch to work or school and walking or riding your bike instead of driving, but you could save much more by taking an unconventional approach on your expenses.

Groceries are getting very expensive. And, while shopping the specials  may save you money, basic fruits and vegetables rarely go on sale. If you make the effort to grow these items yourself, you stand to save thousands of dollars each year on groceries without having to wait for a special.

If you haven't already, start a vegetable and herb garden in your backyard. Alternatively, you could grow them just as well in decorative pots on your patio. There are also miniature varieties of fruit trees, which can provide you mounds of fresh fruit in a small space.

Even if you choose to grow just one vegetable, such as lettuce or onions or silverbeet, it's one less $3 purchase at the greengrocer week. In fact, if you save $3 a week on just one vegetable, you can save $156 per year. Growing a variety can save you at least $10 per week, or $520 per year, on fresh produce.

That's an extra $520 in your bank account at the end of the year. And who couldn't use an extra $520!

Not sure where to start? Log in to the Member's Centre and check out these stories:

Zucchinis and Zinnias

Growing Your Own Greens in a Home Garden

Veggies Galore!

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