When you say the words “save money” it usually brings up feelings of dread, longing or anxiety. However, there are a lot of super easy ways to save money that won’t make you feel like you’re depriving yourself. I wanted to share with you some things that I do personally to make our budget stretch like a Cirque du Soleil performer.
1. Get rid of paper towels and dusters. Instead, use microfiber clothes. Investing in one set of cloths costs about $15. They can be used over and over again and washed as often as you like. A roll of paper towels usually costs at least $2. Figure out how many you use every week (you’d be surprised how big the number is!), and then see how much money you’ll save. You can even use microfiber clothes on a mop and save on refills there!
2. Never buy anything, even online, without doing at least one quick search for coupons. Apps like Retail Me Not often show current deals and coupons available on your purchase. I always do a quick search to see if there is a better deal at another store or if there is an online discount code I can use. I would say that at least half the time, I save at least a little money.
3. Bring lunch to work. You can save up to $15 a day this way. It’s such a small task and can make a BIG impact on your budget. Not ready to make the change every single day? Pack your lunch two days a week and save over $100 a month. That’s a big impact for little effort.
4. Shop online. We all know prices are usually cheaper online. However, not leaving the house to make purchases saves you time, money on gas and avoids all of those impulse purchases you make once you’re in the store.
5. Shop your own closet. I know you’ve heard this one before. Instead of hitting the store, see what you already own. However, I want you to look at the items you haven’t worn in a while…the ill fitting ones or damaged items. Now, take them to a tailor and see if they can be repaired or altered to see if they can go from drab to fab. Often, a little money in alterations can make a piece perfect and it’s a much cheaper alternative than buying new.
Do you have a favorite way to save money? Share it with us below!