This year is all about saving money every day while trying to increase your income potential. If you did one thing each day that could save as little as $5 over the course of a year, you could have an extra $1800 in your pocket at the end of the year. Not all of these tips may apply to you, so to keep it fair, not all of them will apply to me.

Mr. Modern Tightwad has a severe Dr. Pepper addiction. There have been several attempts to limit or even eliminate the “Doc” from our house, which usually culminate with me setting a 2-liter in front of my husband and saying, “Please, for all our sakes, go off the wagon.” Caffeine withdrawal is nothing pretty.

In the end, we have decided that the Dr. is acceptable in moderation. But Dr. Pepper isn’t cheap. Since it isn’t a Pepsi or Coke product, it doesn’t seem to have the same specials as everywhere else. We stock up when there’s a good sale. Sometimes we luck out with multiple sales.

Tonight, we were standing in Safeway, trying to calculate the best price. 12 packs were at $2.49, while the 2-liter was $1.25. Don’t be fooled by the lower price. The 2-liter breaks down to $0.018 per ounce, while the 12 pack, coming in at 4.3 liters, is $0.017 per ounce. With the amount of Dr. Pepper that disappears in this household, that adds up.

Anytime you are shopping for groceries and have to make a comparison between similar items, break down the base unit for price. Doing this helps you to recognize if stores are comparing items correctly, and also may alert you to a size change in your product. Recently some manufacturers cut a couple ounces off the top, hoping you wouldn’t notice. Keeping a watchful eye saves us about $40 a year.

365 Days of Saving: $485 Annually