Super Easy Ways To Save Money
Of all the How To’s out there the one I have always found interesting and helpful was the How To Money Saving Tips.
All of my adult life when times got tough I started looking for ways to save or make money on the side. Not save to put in the bank, mind you, as we were always hand to mouth when the kids were growing up.
It was always save on the bills, on food, on gas, on insurance, anything I could do to cut the bills down to save money to be used on what we had to pay to survive.
Now this post is not about coupons, but I would be remiss if I didn’t say that once I learned how to use them it was an absolute game changer for how we lived.
There are always ways to save more money. You can cut out bills, change plans (phone, cable, internet, insurance, etc.), eat home more often, use less, reuse more. Lots of things. Here are my Super Easy how to tips for saving money I thought I would share with you today!
Buy your meat in bulk
Find out when your store marks their meat down. We call it the “cheap meat section” in our family and generally on the same day each week they go through and fill that section up with meat that needs to be purchased and either eaten or frozen right away.
We buy most of our meat from that section. We buy as much as we can and we separate it and freeze it in the portion sizes we’ll need for each meal.
If you have a dog (not sure if you can do this with cats) – Supplement their food
Dog food can be expensive. Our dog Molly has a sensitive stomach and we have to spend a little more on food that won’t upset her stomach (not pet store specialty food sensitive, just a little sensitive).
So, while her food costs a little more than the cheapest out there, we always use coupons and catch sales, but we also supplement. My Vet told me it’s good for dogs to have vegetables and that some people even cook for their dogs. I don’t go that far :), but we eat healthy, so I make sure to mix in some of what we have with her dog food.
I am not talking about frozen pizza and fish sticks, I mean potatoes, carrots, green beans and so on, she loves it and it’s good for her according to my Vet!
Reuse those coffee filters
Now, I know there are many uses for leftover coffee filters, but one way I save is to reuse them. I can’t see just using them one time, I rinse them off and reuse them until they get worn out.
I have done this for years and I don’t think anything about it anymore. I know they don’t cost a lot, but every little bit counts!
Another thing you can do is buy a permanent coffee filter and then you don’t ever run out or have to buy them again. They’re really rather cheap and they’ll pay for themselves in no time.
Buy your shampoo and conditioner in bulk
I buy gallon bottles of shampoo and conditioner at the beauty supply. When you go to the salon it’s the same shampoo they use on you.
I fill the bottles half with shampoo and half with water and mix – per the instructions. I don’t dilute the conditioner.
But, with a big family it lasts a long time and you’re not spending a ton on expensive small bottles of shampoos and conditioners.
Keep coupons in the car
I have a notebook with photo holder pages in it that I keep in the car. I put restaurant coupons, oil change, tuneup, and hair salon coupons it to be used when we are out and about.
I HATE being out and deciding to go somewhere knowing I have a coupon at home for it!
Use your recycling bin instead of your trash bags
I used to fight the whole idea of recycling. Now, I see a value in getting a lot of the larger pieces of trash out of the trash can and into a recycling bin and how much that saves me in trash bags!
I can fill up a huge recycling bin to almost overflowing each week and even if I broke all of the boxes and stuff down small that would take up more room in the trash bag.
Milk cartons, juice bottles/boxes, cans, jars, all sorts of things that take up a ton of room! So really use your recycling bin to its fullest and save money on your trash bags (they are so expensive anyway).
Learn how to coupon
This one is pretty self explanatory. It’s not hard, you can learn to coupon in no time and save thousands for your family every year. Yes, I said thousands….
Learn how to meal plan
Planning your meals and strategizing your shopping trips will not only save you money it will save your sanity! No more “what am I gonna cook for dinner”, or “I forgot to defrost anything” (that was one I said all the time).
Once you learn how to meal plan, you’ll never want to go back, you’ll wonder how you ever survived before!
Use your mobile device
There are a TON of great apps to help you save money. There are even rebate apps that give you cash back from buying everyday necessities like milk!
Most stores and restaurants have apps, too and they often have special sales or coupons just for users of their app, here are my favorite money saving apps.
NEVER check out anywhere until you check their app to see if there is a coupon or deal – dress store, grocery store, restaurant – anywhere.
Make your own
- Mayo <— Click here to learn how.
I love to make my own mayo, it takes me just a couple of minutes, I know what’s in it, it’s super fresh, it’s cheaper than store bought and tastes great! Plus, when you run out it takes seconds to make more and you probably have what you need to make it in your pantry right now!
- Butter <— Click here to learn how.
Again, I love making my own butter – first of all, who doesn’t love real butter? But, it’s expensive! You can make it in just a few minutes and know just what’s in it. Plus, it tastes SO much better than store bought.
You can make spreadable or block, it’s all up to you. Again it is so fast.
See what free special services your favorite stores offer
Most stores offer their customers free services, from tours, to special cuts of meat, to recipes for preparing what you purchased and much more!
Here’s a list of 10 Little Known FREE Grocery Store Services.
Read your bills
This one is so important and has saved me a ton of money and cost me money when I didn’t do it.
Make sure to read your bills each time you receive them, in detail, to make sure you aren’t charged for something new. You can find out more about How To Save Money On Your Bills NOW! <—Here.
If you want to start earning money from home and supplement your income why not check out this series: Starting A Blog? Check Out My Step By Step Guide!
Everyone has their own money saving tips, so please share yours with us and we can all benefit!
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