With the economy still a bit of a mess many people are searching for every way possible to save a few extra bucks. Of course we’ve all heard of the old examples like turning off the lights when you leave a room or buying food in bulk but there are many other ways to cut costs and save more money than those old standbys. With that in mind we’ve put together a blog of the most hard-core ways to save money. Now truth be told, they won’t save you enough money to say, put your kids through college, but quite frankly these days every little bit helps. Enjoy.
If you live on a street where your neighbors are very friendly and you get along great you can always consider buying food and other things in bulk with them. This is not only going to save you money but will also bring you closer to your neighbors which is always a good thing. In a similar vein never go grocery shopping until your kitchen is practically empty and always make a list so that you don’t buy items that you already have.
One thing that many of us have in abundance are used plastic bags from the grocery store. These can and should be used all around the house for getting rid of all sorts of things. If you have a dog for example you could use it to pick up the dog poop. Using these bags in small kitchen garbage bags or in the bedroom or in the office is also a great idea. Also, if you use a lot of Ziploc bags, the bigger, thicker ones can be washed out, dried and then reused.
This one is hard-core but it can save you a lot of money; only drink water when you go out to eat. The fact is water is the most healthy drink and the least expensive. If you need something for flavor practically all restaurants will give you lemon for free. When you consider that even a small Coke is three dollars or more a family of five could save $15 at least every time they go to a restaurant.
If you use a lot of condiments like ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise or relish then make sure to stock up on the little packets that you get every time you go to a restaurant. These can save you a lot of money in condiments and they have a shelf life of usually six months or more.
Using hand sanitizer is not just for children in grade school. The fact is if you’re prone to getting colds or the flu then you should use hand sanitizer every single time you go to any store because it will reduce the chance that you will get sick because of someone else and have to spend your own money to go to the doctor and get medication.
The next time you go out to the city with your car look for free parking wherever you can. The fact is there are lots of free parking spaces in most cities and towns that are only a small walk from where you want to be. You will save money for parking and you will also get some exercise which is never a bad idea.
If you’re keen on keeping your home and your car clean then use old T-shirts as rags rather than buying towels and use homemade cleaning solutions made with vinegar and lemon instead of buying expensive cleaners that are loaded with chemicals.
Finally one of the best things you can do to save money is to stop drinking cigarettes and smoking alcohol. Whoops. I meant stop smoking cigarettes and stop drinking alcohol. Seriously though smoking is one of the most expensive habits and one of the most damaging to your health. Drinking alcohol isn’t far behind and stopping both can save you literally hundreds if not thousands of dollars every year.