Well she does not really put dollar bills in the trash. She throws away money at the grocery store. She has a real bad habit of going to the grocery store and purchasing things she thinks she will need instead of making a list before going to the store. She will think she needs onions and while she is at the grocery store, she will just pick some up. In the meantime, she already has plenty of onions rotting at home from the last time she went to the store and thought she needed onions. I've told her over and over again, she is just throwing money away by buying things she already had. She finally let me go through her pantry and she does not need to by another can good. She has enough can goods to feed a small army. We finally made a list of things she does NOT need to buy because she has plenty of it already. My mom is pretty nonchalant about spending which really worries me. She is 51 years old and does not have alot saved for retirement.
I've offered her a couple of suggestions to help her save money:
- Take inventory. Go through the cabinets and fridge and see what items she needs.
- Make a list. Write down exactly what she needs and stick to the list.
- Check for coupons. She has a subscription to the Sunday paper. She should check and see what coupons are available for items she was planning to purchase anyway.
Using my tips above, she should be able cut her grocery spending in half.