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How to cope with rising food prices
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 00:00

Ways to fight rising food prices

10 Ways To Fight Rising Food Prices

Food, clothing and shelter generally top the list of basic human needs. While shopping at a discount store instead of the mall generally takes care of the clothing issue, and living in a small apartment instead of a large house can address your housing situation, rising world food prices can lead to some significant challenges when comes to cutting food costs. Everything from rising transportation costs to the development of biofuels, such as biodiesel, push up the cost of food and put a pinch on consumers' wallets.

While the need to eat isn't something you can avoid, there are some steps you can take to keep the cost of food from gobbling up too much of your income.

1. Dine In

Dining out is an expensive proposition. Just about any nutritious meal that you buy in a formal restaurant can be made at home for a fraction of the price. Even good coffee is cheaper to make if you do it yourself. Fast food is excluded from the category, as high-calorie, low-quality food can be had a bargain price, but the impact on your long-term health may override the benefit of short-term savings.

2. Stock Up

Bulk buying can save you a significant amount of money. Pay attention to the prices and pick up the family-sized package if the per-unit cost is lower than smaller packages and you have a place to store it. Shopping at big-box bulk retailers like Makro can also save on your bill if you shop there monthly. The big boxes are often no bargain at all when compared to sales prices and coupon savings at other stores. In addition, they may encourage you to buy more than you need, driving up your grocery bill. Bulk purchases aren't for everyone.

3. Reward Yourself

If the store that you visit most frequently has a reward card, be sure to sign up. In some cases, stores raise their prices when they offer reward cards, and without the card your bill will certainly be higher.

4. Stay On Top Of Markdowns

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How much do you spend on cleaning products?
Saturday, 20 February 2016 00:00

Save by making your own cleaning products

 

A South African family spends an average of R7700 per year on cleaning supplies.

That’s a lot of money, especially toward products that are made mostly of water! If you cut 75 percent of your cleaning-supply spending (which many of the following ideas do), you could save up to R5775 a year.

That could cover a nice getaway for the family. Pick your jaw up off the floor and get ready to DIY!


1. Dishwasher Tabs

We could pen an ode to dishwasher tabs. Using them feels way easier than a detergent, yet they seem to come come with a big markup. These homemade detergent tabs use baking soda to cut grease, washing soda (which you can make yourself) to clean, and kosher salt to reduce hard water buildup. This recipe could run you as little as 46 cents per tab -- about a fifth of what you might pay at the store.
[Recipe]

2. All-purpose Cleaner

This cleaner is the solution to so many messes -- in the kitchen, bathroom and the dinner table where your little one (perpetually) spills some milk. Vinegar is a homemade cleaning heavyweight and the star of this potion, with disinfecting properties thanks to its acidity.
[Recipe]

3. Glass Cleaner

This glass cleaner is as simple as vinegar + rubbing alcohol + water -- three ingredients already in your house! The game changing ingredient in this concoction is rubbing alcohol, which works to dissolve dirt and oil and dries quickly for a streak-free finish.
[Recipe]

4. Fabric Softener

It’s worth repeating, vinegar is the cleaning superhero that conquers all. This recipe for fabric softener uses it as a softening agent and static cling fighter, while a measure of conditioner incorporates your favorite scent.
[Recipe]

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