7 Ways To Easily Save Money Every Day
Pack your own lunch. The brown bag lunch has been a classic in savings for years. Since the first man loaded up his lunch box and headed out to work, it has been the number one source of savings in the family grocery budget for those working outside the home. Lunches can be everything from leftovers to classic sandwiches, but they are always going to cost less than going out with the gang at lunch each day.
Skip the coffee shop. Gourmet coffee has become a standard on the way to work each morning. Skip the coffee stop and make your own special blends at home instead. Specialty blends of coffee, whipping cream and sugar cost under $10 and can provide you with 1-2 weeks of great flavored coffees instead of the $5 a day habit before.
Carpool to work or kids events. Gas and car maintenance prices are a killer for those who work outside the home. Carpool with those you work with, or at the very least work out a carpool schedule for kids activities and events that will help you to save money while giving your kids the opportunities they enjoy. If public transportation is available, take advantage of it as well.
Shop at thrift stores. From new clothes for the kids to fun craft items to upcycle and decorate your home with, thrift stores give you a great place to shop and find excellent deals. Savings of up to 80% on like new products make this a great way to easily save money every day.
Change your household thermostat. Turn the thermostat up or down depending on the season and save yourself a bundle on utility costs. In time, your family will adjust to the difference in temperature and your wallet will appreciate the effort.
Menu plan. Knowing what you plan to serve each night goes a long way toward giving your family the food they enjoy at a fraction of the cost. By setting out a menu plan, you can effectively shop for groceries and won’t fall victim to the last minute drive thru meals that have become commonplace.
Skip the upgrades. Whether it is a new phone upgrade with your cellular plan, an upgrade on your cable or satellite service or the upgraded new boots this winter you can easily skip some upgrades and save money. Think twice before you automatically say yes to the next “great deal” offered to you.
Managing on a low income can be tough, but these ways to easily save money every day are just the beginning of how you can transform your budget from struggling to functional. Set new goals for amounts you want to save each month and watch as your attitude about money changes and your budget becomes more relaxed.