It really is easy to save a buck here and there in order to reach some goals without feeling deprived. Each of the 10 ways I list below save a significant amount of money, especially over a long period of time, and when they’re combined together, these tips save us a lot of money. No matter where you’re at financially, implementing one idea can start to save you money instantly. Before you know it, you might even be inspired to start adding a bunch of things together to make your savings account grow in leaps and bounds!
Here are the 10 simple ways we save money:
Cook at home: You all know by now that I’m a huge advocate for menu planning. This has not only saved me money at the grocery store but it keeps me cooking at home. When I know what to make for dinner that night and have all the ingredients on hand due to my menu planning, I have no excuse to eat out! But, I’m not going to lie, we do like to eat out about once a week. I enjoy cooking most of the time but occasionally, I like not having to do anything!
Bring a bagged lunch: Going along with cooking at home, I make plenty of dinner in order to have leftovers to bring for our work lunches the next day. All I add is some fruit and homemade granola bars or muffins for snack time!
Use grocery bags as trash can liners: You know all those plastic grocery bags that keep piling up? Well, after recycling many of them, we end up using the leftovers to line our trash cans around the house. I double bag the kitchen bin for added leak proofing.
Pay our bills on time: This is probably one of the most simple ways we save money. Many of our bills are set up to automatically withdraw from our account come due date time. Saves us the hassle of remembering to pay them on time and it saves us all those late fees that can really add up over time! Since we have a rule of never charging our credit card with anything over and above what we have in our savings account, we never have to tend with interest rates either because we’re able to pay our bill off in full each month.
Swagbucks: Are you sick of hearing about Swagbucks yet? Honestly, earning Swagbucks has saved me a ton of money when it comes to my weekly Starbucks addiction. I’m able to get $10 gift cards with my Swagbuckspoints! My husband and I have also been taking advantage of the $5 Amazon gift cards that Swagbucks offers to pay for another addiction, reading!
Buy Work Clothes from a Thrift Store: Since my job at a local golf course does not require me getting all dolled up, I tend to buy all my work clothing from second hand stores. I wear through my knees often enough that I can’t justify spending more than $5 for a pair of pants!
Shop around: When we’re on the market for something specific, we really take our time in researching the best possible deal for that particular item. Newspaper flyers and online deals really help us save gas money when it comes to research!
Enjoy the Outdoors: We really like being outside. Especially since most of the outdoor activities we like to do are free! Exploring our local hiking trails, hitting a tennis ball, and bike riding are among our favourite activities!
Use Vinegar: Seriously, I love vinegar! I use it for so many things! Vinegar has replaced fabric softener, commercial cleaning products and Jet Dry for the dishwasher at our house. I’ve written another article on why I love vinegar so much right here!
At-Home Haircuts for my Husband: Now, this one might not fly with many of you, but my husband really doesn’t like going out to get his hair cut professionally! I really don’t mind cutting his hair since it saves about $20 a time! Me on the other hand, I will not let go of my professional haircuts unless I really, really had to!
What are some of the little ways you save money? What are some of the little ways you could save money?