Mummy’s 17 Ways to Save Money

Well, I teased it earlier this week and here it is – my first post in a series on ways to save money. We’ll start with the biggie first – general ways to save money – and then we’ll go into more specifics. Yes, there’s tons more ways out there but these are simple ones we can all start off with. So, without further ado, here are 17 Ways to Save money:

  1. Ditch the expensive coffee for a homemade cup. If you want a good cup, I would highly recommend investing in a French press as you can get coffee-store coffee for homemade prices. They can be expensive but they’re only $13 at IKEA or around $15 at Marshall’s or TJ MAXX. I just did the calculations – a cup a day at $3 is a cost of $1092 a year!!!
  2. Stockpile, stockpile, stockpile
  3. Don’t buy things unless they’re on sale.
  4. Sell unwanted things at a garage sale, on eBay or at places like Once Upon a Child.
  5. Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving ranks as one of my favourite things about America!! (yes, that makes me a confessed shopaholic!) They have crazy deals out there and it’s the best time to buy electronics.
  6. Open a savings account and commit to putting money in there monthly. Even if it’s just $25/month, it will build up.
  7. Save your loose change. We just emptied a piggy bank and found $47 in there!
  8. Rebates. Sure it takes a little time to mail in your receipt but if you have more time than money, it’s worth it. Some of your rebates (like Walgreens) can now be done online saving you a stamp.
  9. Find outlet malls near you and check them out. It’s amazing what deals you can find.
  10. Pay your bills online.
  11. Buy all your toiletries from Walgreens or CVS when they’re free. Even if you don’t need them at the time, save them for later. Eventually when you have a good stockpile you’ll find yourself never needing to pay for toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo or tampons ever again!
  12. Get your hair cut at a beauty school. The students there are only a few months away from working at Mario Tricoci or similar salons. If you live in NWI, I love Creative Beauty Salon in Highland.
  13. Wash your clothes in cold water, hang out your clothes to dry . . . or toss them for 10 minutes in the dryer and hang to dry.
  14. Cut that premium cable bill! Better yet, adjust those bunny ears and just get the local channels.
  15. Limit your eating out. If you ate out lunch every day it could cost you $2548 per year!
  16. Don’t buy bottled water. Most people’s tap water is fine and I just heard an article that said that 40% of bottled water just comes from a tap anyway! What a rip-off, maybe I should try that instead of the blogging!
  17. Re-use Ziploc bags or better yet, don’t use them at all. Sure it takes more time to use Tupperwares, but if you have more time than money, it’s worth the effort.

Comments

  1. I just got a promotion which means more $$$ in my pocket, but instead of wasting it, I’ve been really wanting to save as much as I can. You have some great ideas for saving the green, thanks!

    In terms of groceries, I am a HUGE fan of Aldi. Gone are the days of tasteless, generic food. Aldi carries many items I can find at other grocery stores at a fraction of the cost.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget about posting unwanted items for sale on Craigslist. There is no shipping involved (local sales) and we just made $700 on two unwanted items.

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