Everyday we spend money. Everyday we use money. And everyday we waste money. This happens to anyone and everyone whether we like it or not.
If you are bothered by waste and if you would like to save money from everyday activities, you can do something about it. There are plenty of ways how you can save money everyday, including the below 35:
Save money on expenses
- Don’t renew your gym subscription. Instead walk outside, exercise at home, use outdoor gyms or use workout videos. All free!
- Put your change in a piggy bank. You won’t have thousands saved up this way but by keeping your change, you might be surprised at how much it accumulates.
- Use public transport. Yes you have to pay for public transport. But no matter which public transport method you use, it will surely be less than gas, parking and car maintenance fees. Plus you get to help the environment ;].
- Quit your vices. There is no easy way to do this. But if you want to start saving some serious money, this is the first thing that needs to go. As a bonus you get to get healthy again!
- Have a yard sale or sell on Craigslist. You get to earn money while saving storage space and storage costs.
- Pay your bills on time. No more late payment fees.
- Drink water. Cheaper than soda AND healthier.
- Use cloths instead of paper towels. Paper towels are a huge waste when you can use a reusable cloths. PS always make sure the cloths are clean. You don’t want bacteria all over the place!
- Use plastic bags as trash bags. They are basically the same thing.
- Avoid dry cleaning. When purchasing clothes, consider how YOU can wash them. Otherwise they’re not really worth it, are they?
Save on energy consumption
- Turn off the AC. Use fans instead as air conditioners consume a ton of electricity. Bonus tip: Fan blows hot air? Tie frozen bottles of water to it and you’ll get plenty of ice-cold air).
- 3 minute showers. Take short showers to save water. Just do your thing and get out. Also when shampooing or brushing your teeth always turn the tap off.
- Use a gas cooker. Electric cooker have certain advantages over gas cookers. But gas cookers are cheaper to run.
- Switch lights off and turn off taps.
- Air dry clothes. Dryers consume a lot of power. So if you have space to air dry clothes, always air dry.
- Use renewable energy sources. Investing in renewable energy sources can be expensive at first, but in the long run you’ll save thousands in daily expenses and you’ll be making money off of it (they pay YOU for energy units!).
- Reduce, reuse, recycle. Don’t just throw away cans, turn them into flower pots. Well that’s the concept. Try reusing items which you would normally throw away and turn them into things you can use. No need to spend more money. (If you can’t reuse it, always recycle!).
Save on food
- Dine at home. Eating out can get really pricey, especially, if done on the regular. Find quick free online recipes and cook at home using cheap healthy food.
- Make coffee/tea at home. Buying $5 coffee is a BIG no-no. Make your coffee at home and save over $4 everyday. Easy right?
- Pack a lunch. Pack your lunch into reusable plastic containers and stop spending so much on lunch orders.
- Use leftovers. Look for leftover recipes on the internet or on Pinterest. This means less food costs.
- Make homemade desserts. Guess what…. you can bake! Everyone can. You just need to follow easy, free recipes. No more buying costly treats as you CAN make your own.
Save on shopping
- Buy items in bulk. There is a number of items you can and should buy in bulk. These items should not go bad as you don’t want to waste. But buying in bulk means you can purchase items at a much lower price than you normally would.
- Learn how to save money when shopping online. Here are my best 10 tips.
- Use coupons. You can get online coupons at Vouchercloud or at Retailmenot.
- Shop at worth it stores. You’ll learn how to spot them easily.
- Make a shopping list and stick to it. This way you won’t spend money on unnecessary items, like sometimes happens when you don’t have a list. Bonus tip: never go shopping for food hungry. If you do, the list is useless, believe me.
- Use cash not credit cards. Only take with you the amount you budgeted for. Swiping a card is too easy which can sometimes lead to overspending.
- Buy glasses online. Shopping for glasses online is a great way to save money. Stores tend to have a limited, overpriced collection. While online you can find a larger variety for a cheaper price. Check out Zenni if you’re interested.
- Don’t buy book/magazines you hardly read. If you like books but aren’t reading any because you don’t have time, you should consider joining Audible. Audible gives you access to a library of audio books at a discount price. You get to listen to your favourite books while doing other thing, such as walking.
- Buy generic medicines at discount stores. Walmart, Target etc. sell generic medicine at about $4. Now that’s worth it.
Save on things you can do yourself
- Start DIYing. Why hire a professional or buy it, when you can do it yourself? Pinterest is the greatest source of DIY websites if you’re interested.
- Learn basic fixing skills. You don’t need a handyman. You just need to figure out how to do it. Sites like the family handyman can show you how to fix it yourself.
- Learn basic knitting skills. Simple knitting can be learnt and done easily. Paying a tailor to do this work is not ideal. Learn a few basic hand stitches to get you started.
- Restyle old clothes. Just because the trend passed, doesn’t mean the clothes are done for. If you know how to knit, restyling your old clothes is a good idea to save money. Real simple gives you fabulous ideas about what to do with old clothing.
You can follow some, if not all, of these tips to start saving money from daily activities, right now. If you also want to start making money with the money you saved, check out 7 business ideas you can start with $100 or less.
Do you have any everyday saving tips? Do you use the above? Share with us in the comments!