Saving money is something we all like to do. Here’s 16 great ways to not only save money, but in some instances, to not spend any.
1) Go shopping in your closet. Take the clothes you wear, and mix them to create a new outfit
2) Instead of buying a new book or magazine, dust off one of your old ones and re-read it
3) If you’re planting flowers in large pots, fill the pot 1/3 to 1/2 way up with rocks or Styrofoam peanuts, thus saving on the amount of soil you use
4) Wash and reuse the plastic containers or jars that food comes in. Small plastic containers work great as “paint pots”.
5) Save your egg shells. Let them dry out, put them in a plastic bag and crush them by using a rolling pin. Use the crushed egg shells in your garden as a way of adding organic amendments to the soil.
6) Save your coffee grounds for a garden amendment as well. If you’re not going to use them in the garden right away, dry them in the oven. I’ve tried to stored coffee grounds without drying them, but they get moldy.
7) Save on gas by running more than one errand at a time. Plan your route so you’re not backtracking.
8.) Save on your cell phone bill by having your cellular company review your bill and get you into the most economical plan based on your calling pattern. My cellular company lets me switch plans even though I am still under contract.
9) Buy store brands instead of the national brands of cereal and/or canned goods. These brands are often stocked on the lower levels of the shelves. If you’re in doubt if they will taste as good, buy small quantities so you can do a taste comparison.
10) If you live near a warehouse type of store, i.e. Sam’s or Costco, buy in bulk. If the quantities are too large for you, ask a friend or family member if they want to split the “case” with you.
11) Use online banking and bill paying. Your bank will be more than happy to teach you how it works.
12) Use the telephone to find out store hours, or to see if they have the product(s) you’re looking for, before you drive there (and find out they’re either closed or sold out of the product).
13) Try home composting. It’s a great way to decrease the amount of garbage you have (or put down the disposal), it teaches children about recycling, and the end product is a great planting soil or top dressing for your lawn. (Remember not to put any meat products in your composter).
14) Instead of eating out, plan family nights for cooking a new recipe or barbecue on the grill. Children love to help in the kitchen. It would be a great time to teach them how to follow a recipe. Teaching them measurements is also going to help with their math, plus cooking together is a great way to make memories.
15) If you can’t live without your lattes, mochas, and ice coffees, learn how to make them. There are many great websites with recipes for them, and they’re actually very easy and inexpensive to make. If the time to make them is an issue, once you find a great recipe, multiply the recipe and store it in the refrigerator for future use.
16) Got stale bread? Make bread pudding or dry it out and make your own bread crumbs or seasoned croûtons.
These are just a few ways to save money. I will continue to give more hints as time passes. Stay posted by bookmarking this site.