Saving Money When You Live in the Middle of Nowhere

If you live in the middle of nowhere like I do, you may find that being a money saving guru is difficult at times. We don’t have easy access to a lot of grocery stores or big box stores like Wal-Mart and Target and their lower prices. We don’t have a CVS or Walgreens on every corner, making it difficult to take advantage of the money back programs these stores offer. Without a lot of gas stations competing for business, gas prices are on the higher end of the scale. We don’t even have a library close by which makes getting books and other materials difficult.

It’s hard to save money in an environment like this. The closest stores are expensive mom and pop operations

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7 Responses to Saving Money When You Live in the Middle of Nowhere

  1. Glenda says:

    Hi Jennifer, I too come from “out in the sticks” as we call it in Australia. Or “the bush”. I can relate to everything in your article and you sure do need a lot of patience stuck out here away from the city to get anything done, like repairs etc. If there is only one bloke to do the job you have to wait until he’s ready then pay the price. You got no choice. But I would not have it any other way now. I moved from the city 2 years ago, and I believe I have added years on to my life. ( I only miss McDonalds & weekend shopping sometimes..)

  2. d.a. says:

    You didn’t write in this article that you’ve completely cut out shopping in the local town, but if you have, might I suggest rethinking that strategy? I mean, absolutely – hit the big box stores “in town” and save money where you can (I sure do), but there’s relationships to be had in your local “mom & pop” shops. The bits of extra money spent here & there goes a long ways towards developing relationships, goodwill, and healthy communities. Being a “regular” at some places will also sometimes get you discounts, especially if you order cases of things. High volume orders also give small shops discounts, and allow them to order more things that perhaps they couldn’t afford before.

    Thanks for the article!

  3. t says:

    If you lived in a very rural area using Amazon (especially the Prime) and other online resources make even more sense.

  4. Chelle says:

    It definitely helps to shop online. The only disadvantage to that as I learned recently after ordering a defective product is finding a UPS location…might not have saved as much as I thought I was going to!

    I agree with DA too – building relationships with nearby stores and businesses does help quite a bit too.

  5. gaelicwench says:

    It’s all a matter of perception. What might look like a missed opportunity to save for one, could very well be a given for another.

    Speaking for myself, I see it as a way to save. And if I use the online stores for a variety of items offering rebates/instant coupons/free shipping (when buying a certain amount), that is one less trip needing to be made in the “big city.”

    I am headed to a rural community in a week and a half. I have every intention of looking for a vet, hair stylist, a dentist, a family doctor and definitely a mom & pop store. Throw in a small church and hole-in-the-wall diner; this will connect me to a number of businesses using word-of-mouth regarding thumbs up or thumbs down. Think of it as a country-style Better Business Bureau.

    You did, indeed, write a good article, giving us food for thought. I DO agree that the temptations of the big stores and fast food drive-ups will reduce my spending.

    It’s all how one perceives the pluses and minuses. ;-P

  6. Meaghan says:

    Nice tips! I live in a city and I never really considered the extra challenge of saving without having a wholesale club and Walmart within minutes from my house.

  7. julia says:

    I found your article to be very interesting. Since I live in a small town with a population of less than 500 I found these tips to be very useful. Lately I have begun bartering online.

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