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10 Ways to Save $100

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 8:12 am
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Is there anyone who isn’t looking to save a little extra dough in this economy? Unfortunately money doesn’t grow on trees, but putting these money-saving tricks and habits into action can help you save $100 quicker than you might think!

  1. Learn to sew and mend clothes. This can save $100 pretty quickly. Learning to sew and mend your own clothes costs almost nothing in comparison to taking them to a tailor or replacing them with new clothes.
  2. Prepare simple meals at home. Eating out more than a couple of times a month will certainly drive any food budget you might have straight off a cliff. Instead, prepare simple (and more nutritious) meals at home for less. Keep some pasta and jars of pasta sauce on hand. For added nutrition, you can add veggies, such as zucchini or squash, to the sauce.
  3. Skip the Starbucks runs. Sorry Starbucks, but you have drained enough wallets! Consider that you spend somewhere between $2-$5 during a visit to Starbucks, thus you’ve spent $100 in somewhere between 50 and 20 trips. I’m pretty sure I’ve made at least 20 trips to Starbucks in one month before, yikes! Now I brew my own coffee at home for much, much less.
  4. Plan some meatless meals … or take it to the next level and go vegetarian. Meat is one of the most expensive things on my grocery list, so I’ll plan a couple of vegetarian meals each week to save some money. This is also a great way to try out some new recipes!
  5. Take advantage of your local library. Free reads? Yes, please! Don’t forget, you can borrow more than just books from your local library – check out movies, use the internet, join some reading groups, etc.
  6. Pinch your pennies. Okay, this one might take a little longer to save $100, but instead of letting your loose change disappear into dark void that is the couch cushions, put a jar or piggy bank by the front door. Every time you get home, check your pockets or purse for loose change and add it to the jar. I started doing this about a month ago and am already up to $25 in change!
  7. Identify your bad buying habits and break them. Remember to avoid impulse buys by checking your cart before checking out, always shop with a list, never shop with a cart, set a budget and pay in cash, etc.
  8. Be sure to go out-of-town for Christmas (or at least tell everyone you are) so you can shop the after Christmas sales for gifts. This is a surefire way to save $100 quick 😉
  9. Always slip a few handy-dandy powdered drink mixes in your purse so you aren’t tempted to buy drinks while your out. Avoid buying 50 $2 drinks and voila! $100 savings.
  10. For every dollar you spend on an impulse buy or “want” item, put a dollar in your savings account. This helps me control my impulse spending and save at the same time.

 

What are some of your favorite tips and tricks for saving $100?

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