All over the Internet you can find countless sites about how to save money. These site bother me because most of them tell families to cut back on things they don’t even do. Like Stop drinking Starbucks coffee every morning. Well that information would have been helpful to me if I would have ever stepped into a Starbucks. See the problem with this information is that a lot of people don’t do what they tell you to cut back on. Another tip was to cut back on hair appointments. Ha! I haven’t had my hair cut in over 4 years. So this got me thinking. How many more people out there are like me? So I have came up with my own little list of ways to save money. Here yah go I hope it helps a little.
1.) If you can do it yourself, then do it! You can find directions all over the net on how to do anything. Don’t pay someone to change your oil. Do it yourself. It takes like 10 minutes and you can save quite a bit.
2.) My boyfriend used to buy 2 bottles of Mountain Dew everyday. No big deal right. Wrong! That was costing us about 45 bucks a month! So now I make him a thermos of hot coffee for in the morning and a Thermos of ice tea for in the afternoon. This only costs us maybe 5 bucks a month for the sugar, coffee and tea. I always buy in bulk from the cheapest place and with a coupon or two, its almost like stealing.
3.) I pack lunches. I buy a couple lbs of lunch meat, slice it myself and freeze it. So he gets 2 sandwiches for lunch everyday. This might cost us about 50 cents a day. I think that’s a little bit better then him spending 5 bucks a day on lunch at work. Wow that’s a savings of about 100 dollars a month.
4.) Everyone has heard this one but I have to say it anyway. Turn off your stuff when your not using it! Why do you have that light on in the kitchen when you are in your living room? Its funny I remember my Dad yelling at me when I was a kid for all the lights I would leave on. Know I understand why.
5.) Its Summer! Unplug your energy sucking money hungry dryer. Put on a bikini and soak up some sun while you hang your clothes out on the line. This will save you allot of money and you can get a nice tan doing it.
6.) If you don’t smoke you may move onto the next tip. If you are a smoker you should quit. But if you cant quit here is a tip for you. Roll your own smokes. a pack a day would cost you about 130.00 a month on average. If you would roll your own and you smoke a pack a day this would cost you about 30 bucks a month. I think that 100 dollars in savings is worth sitting down for 15 minutes to roll a pack or two a day.
7.) Did you know that your appliances are drawing energy even when they are not turned on? Yeah they do. So unplug your TV, air conditioners, microwaves, coffee pots etc. when your not using them and then watch that electric bill go down.
8.) Why would you buy paper plates or paper towels. Isn’t that like drying your hands off with a dollar bill and then throwing it in the trash to go to a landfill? Don’t be lazy, wash the dishes and then go outside, get a clean hand towel off the line and dry your hands.
These little things I do can be quite a pain. But it really does save us allot of money. I hope you found something in this article that can help you. Take care. Get the most out of life that you can. And don’t forget to smile once in a while.