List of Best Ways To Save Money by Doing Simple Things
1. Always Use Non-Squeezable Jelly and other condiments if they are cheaper than Squeezable ones, which they usually are.
2. Buy Grocery Store or Generic Brands instead of named brand items at the grocery store because they are cheaper and usually the same or comparable quality.
3. Shop around to find the cheapest places to buy groceries from. Wal-Mart is one of the cheaper places to buy from than some other stores.
4. Buy certain things you use a lot of in bulk to save money such as Toilet Paper.
5. Use rags from T-Shirts, Towels, and wash them once per week instead of using Paper Towels for everything.
6. Eat at home more. It is much cheaper to eat at home than going out for most meals and is healthier.
7. Grow your own food from your own home garden and use a safe organic spray to keep insects, pests, and fungus from getting on it such as Neem Oil Spray with Fungicide, Insecticide. Start your garden slowly and then add to it over the years. Some things can be planted easily from seed to save even more money. Read our blog about how to save money gardening at http://http://www.tropicari.com/Best-Ways-To-Save-Money-With-Edible-Gardening_b_2.html
8. Always go to the grocery store without your kids, not while hungry, and as few times as possible per month. The more often you go, the more likely you may be tempted to buy other foods not on the list that are tempting.
9. Eat cheaper meals at home instead of expensive meals at home. The price for a meal at home can vary greatly, so add up the total cost of each different meal to see which ones are most cost effective
10. If you buy any fresh produce from the store, make sure to use and eat those in meals or as snacks before other items because they will not last as long. After these items are used, you may make other meals and snacks which last longer and not perishable such as ones made only with frozen meats, grains, canned sauces, and other frozen meals.
11. Save left overs in the fridge and eat them the next day
12. Re-use fabric softener sheets up to 3 to 4 times before throwing them away. Fabric softener is expensive.
13. Use 1/3 less than the recommended amount for dishwasher and laundry detergent.
14. Make your hand soap last forever, by adding one tablespoon of regular had soap to an empty or near empty container of Foaming Handsoap and fill with water and shake. This will allow you to make one Hand Soap last at least a year.
15. Buy Vacuum cleaners that have washable filters. Some have them and some don't. The ones that don't will cost you more in filters down the road and are about the same price for the actual vacuum.
16. Use coupons from the mail or from Entertainment Book (Worth it) for the occasional times you go out to eat
17. Share your meals when you go out to dinner at restaurants. Restaurants have such huge portions that you can share with your spouse or partner and save money and calories. The same can be done for your kids.
18. Drink Water instead of soda when you go out to restaurants.
19. Before you go grocery shopping check to see what you have in your pantry, fridge, freezer to avoid buying more of the same thing you have. Also use a paper or grocery list app (available for free to download) on smart phones to make sure you get what you need and don't forget anything, thereby avoiding another trip.
20. Avoid wasting gas by driving to multiple places in one day or week. Try to combine necessary trips to stores in one trip instead of multiple trips each day or week and carpool when you can.
21. Avoid going out to the movie theater often or go during the day when prices are much cheaper
22. Instead of buying everything from the concession stand at theaters, opt to only buy one thing, such as the Popcorn (most people's favorite) and get cups of water for free at the theater. Some theaters also have movies for 1.00 or free certain days and times in the summer for kids.
23. Try to find as many free or cheap things for your kids to do over the summer or weekends for entertainment such as libraries, parks, or doing things at home such as crafts, coloring, games.
24. Before calling a plumber, electrician, or HVAC technician try to ask a neighbor, research online and YouTube for articles and videos on how to troubleshoot and fix these things yourself. Sometimes it may be an easy thing, but sometimes it is necessary to call an expert.
25. Borrow tools, equipment you may need occasionally from a neighbor or friend instead of buying it.
26. Instead of letting your kids drink juice boxes at home, have them drink more water or juice in containers. You can even dilute the juice by as much as 1/2 to 1/3 without them noticing much of a flavor difference most of the time to save more money.
27. Make juice from frozen or fresh concentrate instead of buying them in containers.
28. Pass hand me downs from one child to another
29. Get free stuff from CraigsList.com in the Free Section, yahoo freecycle, neighbors, relatives, thrift shops
30. Lose weight by eating less food and save money too. If you weigh less, you will eat less food and save money.
31. Re-use items bought such as containers, boxes,etc
and throw away less stuff, and instead sell them or reuse them.
32. Go through checking account and cut out all non essential items you don't need
33. Create a budget with all your expenses and income on a spreadsheet or paper and stick to it.
34. Use cash envelopes to put your cash for each monthly major expense from your budget such as an envelope for Groceries.
35. Instead of throwing away towels or clothes that have a mildew smell from not drying them in time, wash them with 1/2 cup to 1 cup of Distilled White Vinegar to take the smell out.
36. Make easy Crock Pot meals and instead of buying plastic liners, spray the inside of the pot with Pam cooking spray
37. Buy a set of clippers and learn how to do simple hair cuts. Most men's and kid's hair cuts are simple and easy to do. You can even view some tutorials on YouTube.