10 easy ways to save money
If you are anything like me, you try to save money anywhere you can. It can be difficult but here is a list of 10 ways you can save money.
- Cancel cable or satellite – My husband and I used to pay $150 a month for cable. The only programs we watched were football, Fixer Upper and Keeping up with the Kardashians. We canceled cable after football season and now we only pay $8 for Netflix
- Grocery shop at stores like Aldi’s and Box 10 –It seems like anytime you go to Walmart or Target to get just a couple of things you end up spending $50+ on only 5-8 items! Blows my mind every time. However, when I shop at Aldi’s or Box 10 I can get ingredients for meals all week for around $50. HUGE money saver without risking quality products.
- Meal prep – The weeks that I meal prep are the weeks that we spend maybe $40 eating out. When I get lazy or do not want to go to the grocery store, those are the weeks that we eat out almost every night. Spending around $80-$150 a week.
- Change Jar- I know this sounds silly and it takes a long time. But it works! Find a large jar and make it for something special, like an expensive date night, manicure and pedicure or you can put it towards debt. Don’t take anything out until it is completely full. (Like I said, this could take a long time) but once it is full you will be amazed at how much money is in there.
- Use money back apps – Use apps like ibotta and Ebates. You get a percentage back of what you spend.
- Only shop sales – If you aren’t a fan of thrift stores, wait until boutiques and department stores have sales. I’m not talking 20% off. I’m talking 50%-75% off. Just have a little patience, check social media and apps like Shopular, to see what kind of sales are going on. There is a boutique in my town that has incredible sales every few months. I’m talking everything in the store $20 and under or 75-90% off! I would much rather go shopping and spend $100 on 5-10 items then 2 or 3.
- Free date nights – My favorite date nights are the nights that my husband and I drive around looking at expensive houses or walking around campus or parks. We don’t spend a dime! We just enjoy the scenery and good conversation. Date nights do not have to be expensive!
- Use what you have – I know so many people that have 5 bottles of shampoo and conditioner, 3 different types of foundation, 3 gallons of milk in the fridge (I’m not referring to families. I know y’all go through gallons of milk almost daily.) or multiples of the same type of food in the pantry. This is a HUGE waste of money! Don’t buy more shampoo if you still have half a bottle left in your shower. Use every drop or piece of whatever you have. If you aren’t sure about what is in your pantry, check it before you go to the store so you don’t have multiples of the same thing. This prevents waste of food and money.
- Use cash – When you use cash, you can physically see your money leaving your possession. It makes you sad, emotional, angry, you no longer want to spend it. It really makes you aware of what you are spending.
- Have self-control – I know it is so much easier to say than to do! But challenge yourself to practice it. You will be amazed at how much you don’t spend when you think before you buy. Do you really need to spend $5 every morning on Starbucks when you can spend $10 for a bag of grounds and make coffee at home that will last you a couple of weeks? Think of dollar signs. Will your life really end if you don’t go buy makeup at Ulta just because it’s 20% off? Yes, you saved $2 but you could have saved $10 by not going.
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