31 Easy Peasy Ways to Save Money

31 Easy Peasy Ways to Save Money

I am the first to admit, I am a frugal person. I like to save money where I can and over the years I’ve learned a number of ways to just that. Here's 31 ways I like to save money and wow, does it make a difference! 

  1. Become your family's hairdresser. This saves me and Bela roughly $800 a year.
  2. Do your own manicure and pedicure at home. This will save you from exposure to the toxic air and chemicals used in salons.
  3. Cut the cable, use Netflix and buy an antenna. A digital antenna will cost you around $60 new and you get better than HD quality.
  4. Turn the lights off when you’re not using them.
  5. Avoid impulse purchases. Make a shopping list before going out – whether it’s for groceries or back to school supplies, and stick to it.
  6. Avoid shopping the aisles in the grocery store. This is where the bulk of processed food and junk food is kept. You could find cheaper meals this way but in the long run you’re basically filling your body’s tank with garbage. Avoid the junk and look after yourself.
  7. Grow your own veggies and herbs – this doubles as a fun outdoor project for you and your family that doesn’t cost anything!
  8. Cook your own meals and avoid the restaurants. This is not only a good rule to follow to save money but it saves you from exposing yourself to unsafe ingredients like MSG and conventional meats.
  9. Take leftovers to work for lunch the next day.
  10. Invest in a reverse osmosis water system instead of buying bottled water and beverages.
  11.  Flavour your water using fresh fruits and veggies instead of buying bottled beverages. Lemon, lime, strawberry, and cucumber are some of my favs.
  12. Cook outside over an open fire during the warmer months. This will save on energy costs by not producing cooking heat indoors and but using firewood outdoors.
  13. Make your own cuppa coffee or tea at home rather than buying outside. This not only saves you money but saves the environment from yet another single use cup being thrown in the trash afterwards.
  14. Buy reusable items instead of single use items.
  15. Buy second hand using apps like Kijiji, VarageSale, or Facebook. I’ve saved a ton of money this way on furniture, clothing, kids’ toys, and garden supplies.
  16. In the summer open the windows to cool your house rather than blasting the AC. Opening a couple windows will create a nice cross breeze.  
  17. Use ceiling fans to keep you feeling cool.
  18. Use a programmable thermostat and turn the heat down on winter nights. It’s more comfortable to sleep in cooler temps and you’ll save some $$ too.
  19. Turn the water off when you’re not using it.
  20.  Do laundry during off peak hours to save on electricity.
  21. Hang clothes to dry outside on nice days and inside during the winter to help increase the humidity.
  22. Invest in a programmable wireless remote control for your power outlets in the house. We use this one at home. It’s an easy way to shut off power to electrical devices preventing phantom power usage, also called standby usage.
  23. You don’t need expensive, toxic products to clean your home. Check out my post on recommended products.
  24. If you need something for a short while check to see if you can borrow from a friend or family member.
  25. Bike or walk to the local grocery store or park on nice days instead of taking the car. You’ll get some fresh air and exercise.
  26. Spend movie night at home instead of at the theatre! You’ll avoid lines, germs, public washrooms, and you can make your own popcorn! As a side note, don’t use microwave popcorn. That stuff is toxic!
  27. Instead of buying things find ways to DIY! Like gift wrapping, cards, decorations and artwork, furniture. The list is endless. If you don’t know how you’re bound to find a good tutorial on YouTube. I recently made pillow cases out of an older sweater for the couch and they’re my favourite pillows to use!
  28.  Find new life in old things like furniture, lighting, and clothing.
  29. Quit old habits like smoking.
  30. Don’t always buy the cheap stuff because it may not last very long. Good quality products are an investment and will give back for years.
  31. Take good care of the things you have.

Have any good tips to share? Add them in the comments!

 

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