I love to save money! You earn money as the result of hard work, so why spend more of it than you need to? This is true whether your finances are great, or not so good. Everyone should save money, regardless of how much extra cash they have each month! If you want to save money, either because you need to or just want to, you’ll like these 10 Ways to Save Hundreds this Month!
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Depending on your current lifestyle, each of these tips could save you hundreds by themselves. But add them together, and you’re sure to save hundreds, regardless of how you’ve been living so far! Imagine what you could do with a couple extra hundred dollars each month!
10 Ways to Save Hundreds this Month
1. Use Cash
You can easily save hundreds if you just choose to use cash this month instead of credit cards! Something about having to hand over actual dollars makes the true cost of purchases really click in your brain, leading to you spending less money on unnecessary things. I have a great post about how we use the cash envelope system here. It’s a good way to control your budget!
2. Don’t Let Food Expire or Spoil
When fresh food rots and packaged goods expire, you’ve just wasted money. If you want to save hundreds this month, make sure not a single piece of food is wasted. Eat all produce and leftovers, and freeze any extras. Don’t let food go to waste, and you won’t waste money!
3. More Water, Less Meat
Soda isn’t good for you, both in terms of health and your finance (soda isn’t cheap!). The same can be said of some juices. Save money, and have your family drink more water this month. Also consider serving more vegetarian meals. A can of beans is only the fraction of the cost of a pound of meat!
4. Use a Meal Plan
An easy way to quickly save hundreds is to make a weekly meal/menu plan! A meal plan helps you create a good grocery shopping list, and helps you to plan out when to eat leftovers and other foods before they spoil. It’ll save you from “I don’t know what to cook so lets eat out”! I have a free weekly meal planner that you can print out!
5. Reduce Utility Usage
If you want to save money this month, you need to take a look at your usage of utilities. Heat, air conditioning, water, and electricity aren’t cheap! Try to use less utilities this month, and make sure that everything that uses utilities is working efficiently. Some people find it helpful to unplug appliances when they’re not in use.
6. Use Coupons & Rebate Apps
If you’re not using coupons, you’ve got to use them! Start using traditional paper coupons or couponing apps and save hundreds this month on food, clothes, toys, and anything else you may buy! You may also want to get a rebate app like iBotta, so you can save even more money after you’re finished shopping! There are lots of other rebate apps out there that you can use to save money. Just do a search.
7. Shop Thrift Stores and Yard Sales
If you normally spend $100+ on clothes or decor each month, you need to consider shopping at thrift stores or yard sales instead. You can find a lot of great outfits and decorations, but for a fraction of the store prices! I often use items I’ve gotten at the thrift store in my home decor. Here’s one of my favorites – My Painted Halltree
8. Cut the Cable
If you really want to save hundreds, you need to cancel your cable TV plan. Cable television isn’t inexpensive, and nowadays with Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and Hulu, it’s simply not necessary. Cut cable and you’ll cut a big expense!
9. Have a Budget
If you want to save money, you have to make a budget! A budget can quickly show you where you’re spending too much and wasting money that could be better used elsewhere. A Cultivated Nest has a free printable simple budget sheet (and we explain how to use it!).
10. Do DIY Projects
I love to do DIY projects! Not only are they fun and give me a chance to be creative, but they save me a lot of money! You can DIY decorations, cleaning supplies, beauty products, pretty much anything! Take a look through our DIY category, and you’re sure to find some great projects to try!
Give these tips a try and see how much you can save in a month. I’d love hear what you do to save money each month?
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