Because of the new porch and wanting to pay off the loan we got ASAP, I’ve been looking for ways to save money.
Usually, this means that I find a lot of sites/data that I already know. However, pleasantly enough, I found one this morning which had info. new to me!
I get aarp’s emails regularly and from them and other sites, most of the ideas are those I know and have used for years:
- Drink water at restaurants
- DIY morning coffee/snack
- Cook at home, from scratch
The saving $ ideas of mine which I’ve never seen elsewhere:
- Buy the most concentrated form of soaps, or anything else that you can. If you use it with water, you can add it yourself.
- Buy unscented products rather than buying “his” and “her” products.
- Use tank tops as underwear, flipflops as slippers during the winter and other such so that you can buy less stuff to start with.
- Have a set budget for restaurant meals and plan to eat at least one other set of meals from it, whenever possible. (Our budget for 2 adults = $20, and the 2nd meals make that $5/per meal, still expensive, but a lot more affordable than it might be!)
- Shop your fridge/pantry and use what needs using first instead of sticking with a meal plan.
- Use a chamois to “mop up” steam from glass and metal shower/bath rather than using glass or chrome cleaners. The steam is a free by product of bathing, use it!
- Use “snow” from your freezer as sweeping compound to clean your hard floors.
Not unique to me:
- Buy in bulk when you can afford to, items are on sale, and you have the space.
- Have a price book.
- Share and borrow, as needed.