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Common everyday ways to save money
Everyone is looking for that secret sauce. The perfect way to save money. Things to stop buying, money saving must haves or the perfect frugal living tips. Which is great!
The key is to take all the information and see what works best for you.
You may read an article and think that tip will only save me $20 a month. That works out to $240 a year which could put a good dent in some debt.
Another tip may save you $50 a week, that’s $2600 in a year. That could be a nice holiday or and extra payment on your mortgage.
Frugal tips and money saving ideas may seem small but they add up. And they add up big if you put a bunch together.
The secret sauce to saving money
The secret sauce is figuring out what works for you and the best ways for you to save money. For our family it’s meal planning, decreasing our dining out and cutting the excess.
Seriously! You add up our over spending on groceries, dining out and all the excess and we were spending way too much money. By changing the way we grocery shopped, decreasing the dining out, learning to meal plan and honestly looking at our spending we saved over $1500 a month easy.
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money saving must haves:
1. You need a budget
If you are wanting, needing to save money you need to have a budget. Whether it be an app or a budgeting binder you need to know where all your money is.
2. A meal plan
How many times have you gotten home and you have no idea what’s for dinner? You have nothing defrosted or prepped so you order take out or make sandwiches.
There is nothing wrong with sandwiches in fact ham and swiss is my favorite. But there is something counterproductive with ordering takeout when you’re trying to save money.
Investing in a good meal plan and building your weekly meals on what you have in house is a great way to save money.
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3. An oven lunch box
Call me crazy but I really love this thing and it saves our family so much money. You can checkout what I am talking about here this is the oven lunch box we have.
My husband works on the road or on a construction site 90% of the time so he is no where near a kitchen. A warm lunch or dinner during a 12-14 hour shift is a blessing over sandwiches.
It is super simple to use and worth the value. No more cold uneaten sandwiches. Soups, warm leftovers, stews, pastas and even pizza are great the oven lunch box. In fact his whole crew owns one.
4. Laundry alternatives
Doing laundry can be expensive. You can save money by washing in cold water and using cheaper or DIY detergent. Another great way to save money on laundry is by hanging your clothes to dry.
In the summer you can set up an outdoor clothes line and during the winter an interior clothes drying rack is great. They even work in apartments.
5. A great coffee machine and portable mug
If you’re a coffee drinker or tea drinker a great coffee maker or tea kettle is a must have.
Skip the morning drive thru and the $5 coffee and bring your brew from home in a great travel mug. It could save you $1200 a year.
6. A freezer
I’m a firm believer that every home should have a freezer. Not just for freezing leftovers or ice cream. A freezer can save you hundreds of dollars in grocery costs. Learn what you can freeze to save money.
7. A thermostat lockbox
When was the last time you agreed with the rest of the house on the right room temperature. Some people move the dial up, others move it down. All that movement costs you money.
8. Water savers
I don’t know about you, but we pay for our water usage and it can get expensive. Investing in water saving shower heads, faucets and other devices can help cut your utility costs.
9. Money education
Money smarts can help you save money day in and day out. Get ahead of the game. Invest in you. Invest in your future.
10. Great appliances
Every kitchen needs a good blender, food processor, pots and pans. You will be more inclined to cook at home if you have the right tools.
Money saving apps
If you are looking to save money right now on your shopping you need to get the money saving app Rakuten. We have saved over $400 with this app on everything we buy online.
You can link your Rakuten app to your Amazon account and save more on everyday. I use it to save on groceries, diapers, clothes, makeup, toys and so much more. Give Rakuten a try and get a $10 bonus gift for free.
Updated February 12, 2020