I’m cheap, but being cheap doesn’t always mean I’m saving money and since I’m trying to save up for something extra special for myself I’ve been cutting back here and there and thinking about where each cent goes!
Below are some tips to help you save money, some I do, some I don’t … some are fun … some are just weird … either way if you follow just one of these you could save some cents and those could quickly add up to dollars towards something you want but can’t think you can afford.
- Pee in the shower. See I told you some were weird, I don’t do this one lol but it does save on water!
- Throw your change in a piggy bank. I like to use the ones you have to blow up in order to open… keeps the change in there longer so it actually makes some kind of difference when I do open it.
- Run your washer (and dishwasher) at night, the rates are cheaper.
- When you do the washing run an extra spin cycle, it costs less to run the washer than the dryer.
- While I’m talking about doing the laundry … one more tip … cut those dryer sheets in half, you don’t need a whole. Just think after saving all that money with these tips you can hire someone to do your laundry for you … yeah well we can all dream right?
- Throw down the heat a couple degrees at night and put on another blanket. (Or a few more blankets if your tootsie’s get as cold as mine.) Even better get a programmable thermostat and have it do the work for you,
- Re-use … try some DIY projects at home with old coffee cans and paper clips. I don’t know I’m not handy like that but I have a friend who takes old nasty looks window sills makes them pretty and sells them for way more than I would think someone would pay for them. Those cute, rustic crafts really seem to be taking off and with this tip you save money and make it if you choose to sell your creations.
- Turn off the TV. How many times at night do you sit and do something with the TV on? You probably have it on now while you read this article … turn it off and save on the electric bill.
- Out with the old. I’ve talked about letting go before, and some of the hardest stuff to let go of are those little knick knacks around the house. For me I know I feel guilty about giving them away or selling them. Most of my decorative objects were gifts from when I had cancer so it’s hard to give them up knowing that someone took the time to get me something when I was ill.
- Make Your Own Gifts. I love doing this one … especially for my niece. I’m currently making her, her own colouring book. I’ve also made her a video game. You can do soap, some kind of food anything really. Valentine’s is a great time for some Love Coupons, oh la la!
- Hide your plastic. Don’t keep your credit cards in your wallet where you’ll use them all the time. Instead put them somewhere safe in your house. If you need it for ’emergencies’ instead keep some extra cash in your wallet for those times.
- Wash your hands. Yup this will save you money. How? The more you wash your hands (after using the wash room, handling food etc) the less likely you are going to get sick. Which means you won’t have to pay for any cold medicine, antibiotics or doctor visits.
- Don’t go grocery shopping hungry. I make this mistake a lot. I go in starving and pick out a bag of Doritos I don’t need. Stick to your list and have a snack before going.
- Brown bag it. Take your lunch to work. I have dinner leftovers for lunch the next day pretty much every day. I try to dress them up a bit but it saves me twice as much since I’m eating the leftovers and not stopping in at a restaurant on my break.
- Start a garden. You get to each fresh food, and you know it will be organic. You can do small herb gardens in your window sills and a lot of fruits and vegetables can be bought from the store and then grown from the parts you would just throw away anyway.
- Hop on the bus. It’s cheaper than gas, and if you get off one stop early you can get some extra exercise in too.
- Make a list before shopping. Not just for grocery shopping either. Do this for back to school shopping or party planning, when you have a new baby etc.
- Speed Shop. I remember watching a TV game show where people would literally speed shop through a mock grocery store and the winner was the one whose bill was the highest. This tip is more opposite though. Give yourself 10 minutes, run through the store. You’ll be so focused on getting what you know you need you won’t have the time to saunter around the store picking up impulse buys.
- Potty train your cat. It’s really not that hard to do, just a bit of work and you save on all that kitty litter!
- Use Paperless billing. Why not save some money while you’re spending it, ha! Choose paperless billing and skip out on that paper fee.
So what tip do you use to save some extra pennies?