Consumables are assets that are used up at a constant rate. For example, toilet paper, gasoline, food, and clothing are all consumables. While it’s sometimes daunting to spend scarce cash on consumables, for most families there is little choice in the matter. When budgets get tight, there are ways to make consumables cheaper, though. Buying in bulk costs more up-front, but each item is cheaper over the long run. Off-brands or store brands are usually much cheaper than big-name brands, while offering comparable quality. Periodic store sales and coupons can often make a big difference. Finally, simply going without expensive but non-critical consumables makes a big difference in the family budget. Putting all these strategies together will allow an average family to save a noticeable about on consumable purchases.