Who wants to save money? ME!!! I know that sometimes these lists of ideas for saving money tend to contain some pretty terrible suggestions, but here are 25 simple ways to save money that won’t leave you feeling like a total cheapskate.
- Give yourself pocket money every week. This stops you from feeling as though you’re missing out and you can spend it on anything you like. If you like buying coffee, you can spend it on that. Don’t feel guilty about it, it’s your money.
- Shop the sales for groceries. Never pay full price for branded groceries.
- Shop generic and house brands.
- Take lunch.
- Drink water. Out of a water bottle you brought from home. Bottled water costs more than petrol, jus’ sayin’.
- Learn to cook. This is an excellent skill, and I’ve never heard anyone say that they regret learning how to cook.
- Meal plan.
- Bulk out meals with legumes. Lentils work really well in curries.
- Freeze your leftovers, or divide them up into containers to use for lunches.
- Don’t use paper towel for everything. Invest in some cloths.
- Learn how to use your lawn mower and whipper-snipper, and then actually use them.
- Take it easy on the aircon. I know we’ve just come out of a five week heat wave, but now that it’s cooling down, you probably don’t need to run the aircon all the time anymore.
- Take shorter showers. Water usage doesn’t cost much, but heating the water you use for your showers does.
- Use LED light bulbs. Not all at once, just replace your old ones as they die.
- Don’t use the dryer. Invest in some $6 clothes airers from Kmart.
- Use door snakes. Even in summer.
- Shop around for phone and internet plans. Don’t be afraid to use a lesser known or budget provider.
- Don’t pay for Foxtel. Have you never heard of Netflix?
- Always get a new quote when your insurance is due for renewal. I don’t know why insurance companies do this, but it’ll save you hundreds in the long run if you get a new quote instead of paying the renewal notice.
- Stop financing stuff. Buy a crappy second-hand car until you can afford to pay cash for a brand new one, or at least a fancier second-hand one.
- Stick a “No Junk Mail” sign on your letter box. Avoid having temptation delivered to your door.
- Don’t be afraid to op-shop.
- Need new furniture? Look on Gumtree, Ebay and Facebook “Buy, swap & sell” groups. Second-hand is not bad.
- Join your local library. Books cost a fortune to buy.
It doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated to save money, you just have to make some minor adjustments in your life and it’ll happen automatically.
Do you have any epic ideas to save money you’d like to share with us?