A few poor skills.
The following are a few poor skills that I have learned over the years. 1) Everyone always tells you that in order to save money while grocery shopping, you should prepare a list of what you need and go. However, a cheap way to do food shopping is to be open to various ideas for meals. I go to the grocery store and basically buy the cheapest meat that is on sale and make something up with it. I try to buy a bag of potatoes when it goes on sale and I always have a bag of rice around for sides. Cheap vegetables can also be found in asian grocery stores if you have one nearby. Dinner for two at my house ends up being about $3-$4 (for both of us and this includes a side and almost always a veggie). Baking whole chickens is also a great way to have a few meals for cheap. I'll buy a whole chicken on sale and we'll have whatever we can eat the first night. The next day we'll have chicken salad and the day after I'll make chicken soup with the carcass and whatever is left. This is super cheap and delicious. Remember, always look at the price per pound, not at the price for the whole package as you could be getting less and paying more. Also, the value packs are almost always a better deal. I will usually buy one if it's the cheapest per pound and then split it up into servings and freeze whatever I'm not using. 2) If you don't care about your hair, shave it off. I did this and I can't believe how much money I have saved on haircuts. We have a buzzer so I will shave the boyfriend's hair and he'll shave mine. I'm telling you, this adds up! 3) If you aren't a style hound, buy things out of season. My sweaters are around $5 each new from great stores because I buy them during the summer when everyone is trying to get rid of their stock. I do the same thing for shirts/dresses/shorts. Such a good deal!