Here are 10 ways that you can save money every week. And no, you don’t have to give up anything to do it!
1. Open windows on sunny days. Why waste electricity turning on a light when you can use sunlight for free? Something as simple as opening your curtains and pulling up the shades can save you a bundle on your electric bill each month.
2. Line dry your clothes. Even if you live in the city in an apartment, if you have a balcony or a porch you can simply hang one line and dry your clothes outside on hangers. Hang your personal garments on the shower curtain rod for privacy and you can save money by not having to dry your clothes in a dryer. Whether you save quarters that would have been used at a laundromat or electricity, saving is saving.
3. Leave your blankets on the clothes line during the rain. When you first think about it, it sounds a bit silly, but here is the idea. Most people don’t have a blanket directly on them. They use a sheet and then the blanket. Some people actually pull the blanket back and don’t use it at all. The only reason you really wash your blanket is to keep it smelling fresh. Simply hang your blanket your blanket over the line and let the rain freshen it. When the rain stops, the sun will dry it. However, don’t leave it on the line for prolonged rain storms, you don’t want it to mildew or get musty.
4. Buy second hand. It sounds obvious enough, but many choose not to do it because they are embarrassed to be seen in a second hand store or a yard sale. So what if someone sees you, you just spent $5 on the same pair of jeans they paid $70 for, you should be giving them weird looks.
5. Trade and sell kids clothes. There is a growing trend of stores in the nation that are allowing you to buy, sell, and trade kids clothes at little to nothing. You trade 2 shirts for 1, but hey, most kids have way too many clothes anyway. This is a good way to get summer clothes for your kids. They only wear them for a few months before they grow out of them anyway. If you sell them to the store, they give you 10% of what they are going to get for them, this can add up over time.
6. Get free things on Craigslist. This isn’t one that you have to do every week. But if you are looking for something in particular, look here first. It is better to find one for free, or at a discounted price, than to pay full price. Also check your local paper, you can find some great discounts there too!
7. Drink flavored water instead of soda. If you look at Walmart in the soda isle, you will find flavored carbonated water. The Walmart brand is only 97 cents and tastes like soda. It is healthier for you too! My kids think it is soda no matter how much I tell them it is water.
8. Buy quality items instead of cheep ones. You’re probably sitting there thinking, she is supposed to be helping me save money, not buy more expensive things. However, here is the deal, if you buy a quality item for a little more, you will spend less in the long run. Lets say you spend $30 on a quality coffee pot verses $10 at the dollar store. The $30 coffee pot is going to last you longer and you won’t have to replace it as frequently. Also, the $30 coffee pot is going to come with a better warranty than the cheap one.
9. Take navy showers. No I don’t mean jump in and race the clock for 2 minutes. I mean get in, get wet, turn the water off, lather up, turn the water back on, and rinse. I mean, really think about it. Once you get wet, you step back from the water to lather up anyway. Why not turn the water off instead and save a couple of bucks?
10. Use coupons the right way. Make your grocery list around your local grocery store advertisement. Find out what is on sale before you start planning. Look at your coupons and decide what you need to use. Do Not buy things just because you have a coupon for it. Only use the coupon to buy something you actually need. Saving 50 cents on something that you didn’t intend to buy in the first place is not saving money.