50 Easy Ways to Save Money
I have a great list of 50 easy ways to save money for you here today,
Saving money isn’t easy. We all have bills to pay, surprise expenses, and basic needs. We also don’t want to deprive ourselves of little joys in life. People often recommend cutting back on coffee, but how disappointing would life be without your favorite blend?
You can save money without missing out on the things you love. Not every tip on this list will be feasible for you and your family, which is why there are 50 money-saving tactics to choose from. Find what works best for your household, and get ready to have a go at these
Easy ways to save money
- Meal plan each and every week
- Save on shipping and stream movies with Amazon Prime
- Buy ugly produce (it’s still edible!)
- Buy generic OTC medication instead of brand names
- Find a cheaper grocery store, like Aldi
- Download the Honey extension for Google Chrome for online savings
- Read great budgeting blogs like this one or Family-Budgeting
- Take public transportation
- Walk more when it makes sense to do so
- Carry a refillable water bottle instead of buying bottled water
- Find a cheaper coffee shop
- Carpool when you’re all going to the same location
- Cut out your landline phone if your family has cell phones
- Buy during semi-annual and flash sales
- Use generic cleaning supplies instead of brand name products
- Find high-quality duplicates of your favorite luxury makeup brands
- Find free concerts to go to
- Take your family to free parks and beaches
- Find inexpensive after-school activities at your local library
- Rent books from the library instead of buying them. Library cards are way cheaper than books, and you don’t need books you’ll never read again lying around in your home.
- Rent formal attire instead of buying it – you know you’re only going to wear it once!
- If your data bill is too high from overuse, switch to an unlimited plan. You may save hundreds on your phone bill if your whole family is abusing your data plan!
- Don’t buy cheap clothing if it’s low quality – you’ll just have to spend more to replace it. At the same time, don’t pay outrageous prices for high quality clothing. You can likely find it for cheaper elsewhere.
- Shop at discount clothing stores or hut the second hand shops
- Use your recycling bin to craft from and create a homemade craft box
- Make your own laundry detergent, or find a cheaper brand.
- Buy certain home essentials in bulk, but not food. Think toilet paper, paper towels, and trash bags – things that won’t go bad, and things you actually use a lot of.
- Eat before you go to the movies to avoid buying overpriced popcorn and soda.
- Drink before you go to the bar to avoid ridiculous upcharges. If you must drink at the bar, carry cash on you to avoid paying card minimums, and go to bars that don’t have a cover charge.
- Use music streaming services instead of buying individual albums. One month of unlimited streaming can cost just as much as one album. Why waste your money?
- Use your credit card’s rewards program on travel and shopping expenses. Some cards even let you use points to pay off bills!
- Use WiFi instead of data whenever you can if you don’t have an unlimited data plan. Look for local hotspots wherever you go.
- Cancel your subscriptions to services you no longer use. Check out your most recent bill to see what you’re paying for. The amount you can save may shock you!
- At a BOGO 50% Off sale, resist the urge to buy that second item. If you don’t already need two of something, you’re spending more money than you need to!
- Don’t spend more online just to get free shipping (unless you’re close to that threshold already). It usually isn’t worth it, and you’ll often wind up spending more.
- Consider using the anti-shopping list
- At restaurants, get an appetizer to share instead of one for each person. This is especially helpful if you’re paying for everyone’s meals.
- Compare local buffet prices to your favorite restaurants – they may offer you a better deal!
- Only turn your fast food meal into a combo if you were already going to buy the extras anyway. If you don’t need fries, don’t get them!
- Use a reusable or electric razor for shaving,. Disposable razors add up in cost, and they aren’t even that effective!
- Use a 2-in-1 body wash and shaving lotion. Make sure it has a moisturizing formula!
- Save restaurants for special occasions. One night out could cost as much as two weeks of groceries!
- Dye your hair at home (if you know how to). Use vegan dyes that don’t require bleach. Alternatively, have a friend help you.
- Make your own Halloween costumes, or find hassle-free alternatives. Here are some last-minute DIY options.
- Buy less expensive gifts for everyone and make them where you can
- Hire an at-home dog sitter instead of boarding your pet. Boarding houses are filled with germs, anyway.
- Book your travel tickets and lodging ahead of time when planning for a vacation. Plane ticket prices increase as your departure date nears.
- Use AirBnB, hostels, or Couchsurfing when travelling. Couchsurfing is free!
- Don’t buy more perishables than you can eat in a week. They’ll rot before you get to them!
- Order combination meals at Chinese takeout restaurants. Oftentimes, they’re much cheaper than what you’d pay for everything separately.
Saving money usually seems like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! You can keep your warm showers and trips to the movies by switching out expensive things for cheaper alternatives. You won’t regret making these changes!
What could you add to this bumper list of 50 Easy Ways to Save Money? Please leave me your best money saving tip in the comments below
Further frugal reading
Take a look at Thrifty Mum for more fabulously frugal advice – also have a look at Thrifty Home for ways to save money in and on and around your home.Also take a look at Reduced grub for lots of foodie frugal advice and the fabulous nblog Mums savvy savings
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