4 Simple Tricks to Help You Save Money
Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 7:00 am
We all want to save money! Typically, the advice about how to save money includes suggestions that don’t apply to everyone. People are told to cut down or cut out things when they have already done so. Try some of these simple tricks that will help you save money without feeling deprived.
4 Simple Ways to Save Money
Pack a Lunch
It can seem easier to stop by a fast food place on your lunch break than to take the time to pack a lunch for yourself. Some feel that they just don’t have time to pack a lunch before leaving for work. One way to avoid that problem is to pack your lunch the night before and put it in your refrigerator. Grab it and go to work!
Try and pack a lunch (instead of buying one) two or three times a week. You can save the money you would have spent on fast food. You also will be eating and using up the foods you already purchased on your last grocery shopping trip before they go bad.
Make a List
Speaking of grocery shopping…it is a good idea to make a list of the foods and household items that you need before you head out the door to do some grocery shopping. A list makes it easier to remember what it was you and your family need this week. It prevents a second shopping trip to pick up something you forgot.
A list also can help prevent you from “impulse shopping”. Stick to the items that you put on your list and ignore the rest. It also is very important that you do not go grocery shopping while you are hungry. Suddenly, everything looks like something you need – right now!
Meat is one of the most expensive foods that people buy at the grocery store. One way to save money is to start doing “Meatless Mondays”. You don’t have to go completely vegetarian or vegan for the rest of the week. The idea is to make recipes that do not include meat for two meals a week (preferably on the same day). You might find that vegetarian food options are less expensive than the recipes that include meat.
Try a Trade In
Have your kids finished a video game – and then lost interest in it? Do they have books on their shelves that they have outgrown? Consider taking those used items to a store that gives you credit for the items that you bring in for trade. You could end up saving at least a couple of dollars on the next book or video game that your kids want.