Saving money is harder than ever but here are some realistically simple ways to save money in your everyday life. These easy money saving tips are helpful for families and easy enough to help you start to save a little bit of money when living paycheck to paycheck.
1. Don’t Spend What You Don’t Have
I know this seems like the obvious choice, but if you don’t have the money and can’t afford it, don’t buy it. Obviously things happen and sometimes we have to use credit cards on emergencies, but that’s not what I’m referencing.
2. Shop Sales
Wait to shop for non-necessities until they’re running a sale or have a discount code. Make sure to sign up for their newsletters because many businesses send their subscribers special discounts on a regular basis and usually offer a 10% to 25% off coupon just for joining!
3. Meal Plan
If you write out what you’re having for the week you can make sure you’re not only buying what you need, you’re also ensuring you won’t have any excess to throw away because you forgot about it and it expired.
4. Shop Second Hand
Shopping second hand, or thrifting, is even easier now thanks to sites like ThredUp and Poshmark. You don’t even have to leave your house to snag a great deal on clothes, shoes, accessories, home decor and furniture now!
5. Utilize Free to Low Cost Entertainment
Simply put, don’t spend so much on entertainment. Instead of going to the movies, rent something from Amazon or even better, watch something for free. Snag a movie from the library, borrow from a friend or watch something on of the many free streaming channels like freevee.