50+ Easy Ways to Save Money: How Many of These Things Do You Do?
I'm Sarah Wilson, also known as Budget Girl, and today I'm sharing 50+ easy ways to save money. Some of these I bet you've never heard of before. Let's get started with these easy, effective, and sneaky ways to save money!
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2. Buy in bulk
Purchase nonperishable items, like deodorant and toilet paper, in bulk for the discount.
3. Use less detergent
Using too much detergent actually makes clothes less clean because machines can’t rinse the excess! Use about half to a third of what you think you need.
4. Make pet toys
Create pet toys from old rags, t-shirts, and other recyclable items. Your pets don’t care; they will love whatever you make for them.
Unplug your electronic devices, including anything that’s not a major appliance, when they're not in use.
6. Go meatless
Meat has become so expensive! Learn to cook with legumes and beans to offset the amount of protein you’re not eating from meat.
7. Soak beans
Get dry beans either in bulk and soak them overnight. You'll save money over the canned versions and they’re healthier.
8. Fix things yourself
Look up how to fix things on YouTube before you hire professionals, except in emergencies.
9. Dryer balls
Dryer balls keep laundry from clumping and let warm air circulate better, which reduces drying time and electricity use.
10. Reuse soap dispensers
Refill used foaming hand soap dispensers with hand soap you buy in bulk. You’ll use about 5% of the soap that you’d use with a regular soap pump.
11. Recycle trash bags
Use plastic bags from the store as trash can liners.
12. Join a local group
Look for local online groups in your area that give away free items, like Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor.com, and Freecycle.com.
13. Go paperless
Toss the cost of paper towels and napkins and rely on washable kitchen rags.
14. Freeze food
Freezing food extends the shelf life of many items, including bread.
15. Make produce last longer
If you use paper towels, keep your produce fresh by placing a sheet on top of lettuce and greens to help them last longer.
16. Switch to a menstrual cup
Use a menstrual cup instead of tampons or pads to save money and waste (plus they’re comfortable).
17. Double dryer sheets
Cut dryer sheets in half. You don’t need a full sheet for every dryer load.
18. Use cloth napkins
Instead of costly paper napkins, use cloth napkins for a nice dining experience.
19. Ditch disposables
Use real plates and silverware over disposables to save money.
20. Know your prices
Keep a price list on your phone of how much staples in your area cost so you know to stock up during sales.
21. Plan meals
Plan meals based on store sales and seasonal foods.
22. Launder in cold water
Wash all of your clothes in cold water. It’s effective and costs less than hot water.
23. Use a water filter pitcher
Fill up a pitcher or water bottles and keep them in your fridge to quickly hydrate.
24. Flavor your water
Look for powder or liquid flavor add-ins for your water at the dollar stores. They’ll help you from becoming bored with water and turning to expensive drinks.
25. Clean the dryer lint trap
Cleaning the dryer lint trap after each use helps your dryer run more efficiently, saves energy costs, and reduces fire hazards.
26. Use GoodRx
GoodRx.com offers prescription medication discounts and coupons.
27. DIY basic ingredients
Make basic recipes from scratch, such as pancake and waffle mix, cookies, and even vanilla extract.
28. Delete store apps
Eliminate store apps off your phone so you don’t impulse shop.
29. Cut streaming services
Cut unused streaming services. You can always reopen an account.
30. Make lunches
Bring coffee and lunch to work every day. Make lunch out or visit Starbucks as a treat, instead.
31. Buy frozen vegetables
Take advantage of frozen vegetables. They have the same nutritional value as fresh vegetables.
32. Rent or borrow
Borrow or rent tools, appliances, or other items you'll need for a short period.
33. Kitchen cleanouts
Regularly clean out your fridge, freezer, and pantry to use up what you have.
34. Eat leftovers
Bring leftovers of your favorite meals to work for lunch the next day.
35. Learn to cut hair
Learn to give DIY haircuts and trim your family’s hair.
36. Learn DIY pet grooming
Grooming your pet will save lots of money and the mistakes will be a little less embarrassing.
37. Shop for used items
Shop second-hand first.
38. Lower credit card rates
Call credit card companies and ask them to lower your interest rate or eliminate fees.
39. Lower utility costs
Call your internet provider, cable company, cell phone company, and other regular monthly utility services, and insist on a lower rate.
40. Shop car insurance rates
Shop rates annually to lower your car insurance costs. Use rate comparison companies to do the work for you for free.
41. Get a library card
A library card allows you to access free digital books, magazines, movies, and audiobooks. You never pay late fees because expired items disappear from your account.
42. Autoship frequently used items
If you frequently use something, auto-ship it to your home monthly. It saves money compared to buying single servings and you don’t have to lug heavy packages home.
43. Negotiate medical debts
Call the debt collector to settle an old medical bill with a lower cash amount. Get a closeout offer letter and send the check once it arrives.
44. Take turns entertaining
Instead of going out on the town with friends, take turns entertaining at each other’s homes. Trade nights hosting and let everyone bring food to share.
45. Wait to upgrade your devices
Fancier phones are always coming out but buying last year’s model or a refurbished device saves money.
46. Use cashback browser extensions
Cashback browser extensions give you money back on items you’re already purchasing.
47. Use rewards apps
Phone apps like Fetch Rewards scan your grocery receipts and give you cash back just for food shopping.
48. Keep needs/wants lists
Keep an updated list of things that you need and want so that when you see an item on sale, used, or for free, you know to snag it.
49. Keep grocery lists
Keep a list on your fridge of things you're running out of so you can avoid multiple weekly store trips. Fewer store trips mean less money spent.
50. Get organized
Keep your home organized to avoid buying excess and duplicate products.
51. Clean your closet
Before shopping for new clothes or accessories, clean out your closet, sell items online, and use the money for new clothes.
Easy ways to save money
Small changes like these save you thousands of dollars over time. Let me know if you’re already doing any of these tips or what ideas you want to try out in the comments below!