In this economy, everyone is looking to save a buck here and there. But how can someone get in the habit of routinely saving some cash on their purchases? It really simple in fact! Below you will find tips that can save you some change but will turn into dollars when you add them up!
Buy in Bulk– If it is a routinely used item like toilet paper, shampoo, laundry detergent or diapers shell out the few extra bucks now to purchase the larger quantity. Even though it seems like you’re spending more, when broken down into per item prices it equates to be a lot less than the original packaged price. Costco and Sam’s Club are two of the largest warehouse club stores who sell in bulk. A year’s membership ranges from $50 – $55 but again, the savings will be well worth it especially if you have a larger family.
Coupons, Coupons, Coupons– You traditionally get coupons with your newspaper throughout the week and you probably glance at them and throw them away thinking, “I don’t have time to coupon”, “It’s too much work”. Couponing is a great way to save big bucks on your next shopping spree. Cut out coupons for items you use frequently, spaghetti sauce, lunch meat and chips, store them in an envelope and every time you are preparing your next grocery list go through your coupons to see what you have got. It does not require much time at all and the seeing how much you can save will push you to pay even more attention when those coupons come in the mail. Smart couponing can save you potentially hundreds of dollars every month.
Shop Online– Many people have become fans of the invisible shopping cart over the last couple years. Shopping online has lots of benefits. You can compare prices between different retail sites to get the lowest prices possible and many times if you spend over a certain amount you qualify for free shipping. Make sure you follow and like your favorite retailers social media profiles, lots of times they will give you inside deals that are only valid and available to people who subscribe to their pages. Happy shopping!
Go Green to Save Green– You don’t have to install brand new LED lighting fixtures to reap the benefits of “going green”. Instead, unplug cords and appliances when they are not in use, only run the dishwasher and laundry machine when you have got a full load, limit your TV time, and bundle up instead of turning on your heater. Small efforts to save energy will equate to big $avings on your electrical bill.
And lastly, a few extra tips have found helpful to saving money. Walk more, if all you have to do is run to the cleaners or the pharmacy to pick up your medication, grab you dog and go for a walk. Your gas tank will appreciate it and you too will have some alone time, which is always nice. Buy reusable water bottles; this could save you hundreds to thousands depending on how big your family is and how much water you drink. Making small changes now will add up to be large savings in the long run.