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Are you looking for ways to save money on household items?
You’re in the right place, whether you’re already saving money, but looking for additional ideas or you’re at the beginning of the journey this post will give you plenty of easy ideas for you to save money. Fifty-two ideas to be exact.
These money-saving ideas are easy to implement. You just have to be willing to make some changes to your lifestyle and redirect your mindset.
Being frugal is all about saving money on anything you can, in other words, it’s all about prioritizing your money.
It’s about saving resources and avoiding waste.
Here are some simple steps you can take every day that will help you get big results and will definitely impact your monthly budget. As they say ‘it’s the little things that count’.
1. MAKE A BUDGET AND STICK TO IT
Having a weekly budget will help you monitor your money better, but also your expenses. You may realize you spend way too much money on things you were not aware of (like that Starbucks coffee).
2. NEGOTIATE YOUR BILLS
Sign up for Billcutterz which is a service (real people) that helps you save money on your bills. They do all the work for you.
3. LOWER YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL
- Unplug what you don’t use
- Use slow cooker instead of the oven to save energy
- Use the grill instead of the stove
- Turn lights off when not in use
- Put extra clothes before turning the heat on
4. CANCEL ANY SUBSCRIPTION
Subscriptions are expensive: cut the cable (use Roku instead), cancel your landline telephone, cancel your gym subscription (work out at home or in the park), use the library for free books, magazines, movies, and music.
And do you really need SiriusXM?
5. UNSUBSCRIBE FROM STORE EMAILS
Stores always send out all kinds of deals and special sale but receiving those emails might be tempting and make you spend money on things you don’t actually need.
6. USE COUPONS
Almost every store has flyers, special deals and coupons available. You usually find those near the entrance.
I’ve used Groupon for so many things: salon services, vacations and even jewelry. I’m never tired of Groupon.
8. USE FETCH REWARDS
This app lets you earn money by doing grocery shopping. You scan your receipt to get points that ultimately turn into rewards. Find out how Fetch works here.
9. USE IBOTTA FOR CASH BACK
Download the app on your phone, shop for any products you need, provide proof of your purchase and Ibotta rewards you with cash back.
Ibotta has over 300 participating stores. Find out how it works here.
10. USE STORE APPS FOR DEALS
Usually, every store has its own app now: Publix, Target, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s but it depends where you live.
Before going grocery shopping check the apps and see the special deals or coupons that apply to your shopping list.
And if you want to go wild and go shopping at Macy’s there’s the Bronze program you can join, which falls under the Star Rewards.
It’s not a credit card (I hate credit cards) and it’s free. One time I had $10 in points. Check it out here.
11. USE APPS TO SAVE ON PRESCRIPTIONS
Easy Drug Card, GoodRx, FamilyWize are just a few apps you can use to help you with discounts on prescriptions. Never paying full price should be your motto.
12. USE APPS FOR GAS
Don’t you feel like you just filled your tank but your car shows it’s time to put gas again? There are apps that can help you find the cheapest gas in your area: Gas Buddy is the most famous.
13. HONEY GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION
This is simply the best. What it does is automatically finding and applying coupon codes for you when you shop online. Told you it was the best thing ever.
14. DON’T BUY ANYTHING BRAND NEW
You can easily find what you need second hand and in very good condition. A friend of mine paid $500 for UPPAbaby double stroller she found on Craigslist.
15. BORROW THINGS
If there’s anything you need just for a one time use there’s absolutely no point in buying it. Borrow instead.
16. DON’T PAY FOR WHAT YOU CAN DO YOURSELF
If you are determined to save money then you will accept making sacrifices.
Whether it’s doing your nails, mowing your lawn or washing your car you can save big time if you do them yourself instead of paying for the services.
17. STOP USING PAPER TOWELS
Before you have a panic attack (I know, I love paper towels too, but they are sooo expensive) let me tell you that cloth towels will do the job as well.
You do need to change them daily though.
But if you can’t just give up on your paper towels you may try these washable reusable bamboo towels. One roll replaces 6 months of towels. How awesome is that?
18. STOP USING ZIPLOC BAGS
Packing your child’s lunch? How about some snacks? Be smart and use reusable bags like these ones.
19. REUSE PLASTIC BAGS
I never throw away my plastic bags. I use them as garbage bags for the small trash cans in the kitchen and bathrooms so I don’t have to buy any of those.
20. REUSE GIFT BAGS
Gift bags are expensive and I’m the happiest when I get to reuse my gift bags. I feel like a saved a fortune.
21. REUSABLE STRAWS
Straws are fun, I use them for my coffee (so I don’t stain my teeth). Kids love them too. But you really need to shorten that grocery list and stop buying straws. Get straws you get to reuse for the rest of your life: like these.
22. SELL WHAT YOU DON’T USE
Whether you opt for a garage sale or decide to sell your stuff online (VarageSale) you’ll be a winner: you’ll end up decluttering your house and earn some extra money.
23. DIY HOUSEHOLD CLEANING PRODUCTS
House cleaning may seem a burden having to use so many products for so many things: one for the shower, one for mirrors, one for kitchen, etc.
It would be easier if you had just one product for the entire house right? Are you aware of the endless benefits that vinegar has? Check this out:
You can mix water, vinegar and soap and voila! You have an all-natural cleaning product.
Speaking of soap. I have the best soap for you: pure castile soap. I just love it. You can use for anything. I’m not joking. I have this all-natural vegan Pure Castile Soap from Amazon.
It has so many uses:
- hand soap
- body wash
- house cleaning
- dish soap
- safe on babies and the list is endless
You can basically use it for any duty. Can you imagine how much money you’re saving by doing this? You get a 50+ recipes book upon purchase.
24. REUSABLE SOAP DISPENSER
You don’t have to buy soap with the dispenser when you run out. Once you buy the soap keep the dispenser and just refill. You can use pure castile soap. I do the same for the dish soap dispenser.
25. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is good for anything if you ask me. You can use it for cooking, for your hair, face, body etc. Can you imagine how much money you will save on cosmetic products for example?
Check this out:
26. MAKE HOME TIME FUN TIME
You can still have fun if you stay at home. I personally have this theory that as soon as you walk out the door you spend money inevitably.
I usually end up buying something, even stuff I don’t need. So staying at home and enjoying quality time with your family will refrain you from overspending or wasting your money.
Have a movie night with some popcorn, have a game night. Simply enjoy your home.
Find free movies, magazines, music and books at your local library.
What you can also do, though you may not see it as such a fun activity, you can do some decluttering. That will take some weight off your shoulder (literally).
27. ENJOY OUTDOORS
Parks are awesome. You can do jogging, you can exercise, you can take your baby out with the stroller for a walk, you can play sports with your child.
The whole family can enjoy being in the park, for free.
28. MAKE THOSE LEFTOVERS WORTHY
Don’t waste any food. Sometimes food tastes better the second day anyway right? You can also freeze them if you want.
29. HOMEMADE BABY FOOD
With the right equipment (like this Magic Bullet) you’ll be making baby food in no time. Plus, it’s going to be way healthier than the one in the store.
30. SHOP YOUR PANTRY
Prepare meals with things you already have. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find. I dare you to prepare the next meal with whatever you can find in your pantry.
31. TAKE LUNCH TO WORK
I know it’s an extra step for you to pack your own lunch but you would be saving a significant amount of money, so it’s totally worth it.
32. STOP BUYING COFFEE
Assuming you get the cheapest Starbucks coffee ($2.25) every day, you would save $67.5 in thirty days. A fortune. Why not making your own coffee and saving that money for something you really need?
33. GET REUSABLE COFFEE FILTERS
Ok, now that you stopped buying coffee you need the right equipment to make your own coffee at home. If you are a coffee lover and drink a lot of coffee you’ll be buying coffee filters no stop. Don’t. Use these reusable filters instead.
34. STOP BUYING WATER
Stop paying for water bottles. You can either drink the water from your fridge (if your fridge has that feature) or buy a filter and drink tap water.
35. HAVE BREAKFAST FOR DINNER
I love having cereals for dinner or oatmeal. They’re easy to make, nutritious and delicious so why not? Your kids will probably love it too.
36. GO MEATLESS ONCE IN A WHILE
Meat is not that cheap (unless you buy in bulk, but you have to calculate the price per unit and see if it’s worth it) so at least once a week have a meatless day.
37. HAVE A NO SPEND WEEKEND
Even though it’s hard (it seems like there’s always something to buy, mainly when you have kids) try to plan a weekend with no spending, but rather consuming what you already have.
38. FREEZE VEGGIES SCRAPS FOR SOUPS OR BROTH
Don’t waste anything and find a good use for any leftover. Not only it will save you time next time when you cook, but also money.
39. BE SMART WHEN EATING OUT
You should avoid eating out in the first place. But if once in a while you feel like going to a restaurant with your family make it worth at least.
Some restaurants have certain days when kids eat for free. Don’t miss those days. Lunch is better than dinner because the price is lower.
Ordering water or sharing a meal will make a huge difference in your bill. Once again, look online for restaurant coupons.
40. LET YOUTUBE BE YOUR FRIEND
Use youtube for tutorials on how to fix things. Honestly, there is so much information on the internet that you can basically fix anything.
With a little research, you’ll be on the right track.
41. DIY GIFTS
Your friends will appreciate you more for taking the time and effort to make something cute for them. And you get to use your creativity, which is always fun.
42. SAVE FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
You know for sure Christmas is always going to be on December 25th. In order for you not to go broke instantly when you shop for gifts put money aside each month.
43. DIY RAGS
You could use a rag any time for anything right? That old faded T-shirt you keep in the closet is perfect for this. Keep your money and try to find a good use for items you don’t need anymore.
44. WEATHER SEAL WINDOWS AND DOORS
This will help you save money during summer and winter.
45. BUY GENERIC PRODUCTS
Most of the times they are just as good.
46. BUY SEASONAL FRUITS AND VEGGIES
They are cheaper but also at their highest nutritional value.
47. USE LED BULBS
They are cheaper than the regular ones and they last longer, so they will help you save money long term.
48. USE AIR DRY SETTING ON DISHWASHER
This will help you save money on electricity.
49. LOWER A/C COSTS
Set your thermostat 2 degrees higher/lower when you’re not home.
50. MAKE SMART CHOICES
These small changes will make a huge difference on your bills:
- use fans instead of A/C
- lower temperature on water heaters
- use low flow showerheads
- take short cool showers instead of baths
Doing laundry not only is time-consuming but also money consuming. But here are some simple tips you can start practicing:
- Wash clothes in cold water and use a higher spin cycle to reduce the drying time
- Use wool balls as dryer sheets (add a few drops of essential oils)
- Wear clothes more than once, if not dirty/smelly
- Do the laundry at night – low demand and lower costs, as opposed to daytime hours
- Use your bath towels more than once
- DIY detergent – pure castile soap
- depending on the season, hang your clothes to dry or use a drying rack
52. KNOW YOUR LIMITS
If you can’t afford it don’t buy it. I mentioned earlier I hated credit cards because I usually use them for ‘unnecessary’ purchases or things I can’t afford but still buy it.
And then I have to suffer to pay it back. It’s important to know your limits and not to get too excited when things go on sale. Even items on sale could be expensive.
In fact, you should set a limit: let’s say you only buy clothes under 15 dollars.
Remember to always be wise with your money and prioritize your needs. Clearly distinguish between what you need and what you want.