Hello and welcome back for part 2 of our 3-part money-saving tips that everyone can use blog series. We hope that the first part gave you a number of great tips and advice that you can use in your daily life to cut back on spending and save a few bucks. Part 2 is going to be more of the same so sit back, put on your reading glasses and if you want to take some notes that might not even be a bad idea. Enjoy.
1) Stop going to fast food joints. Let’s be honest yes the food is convenient and in some cases quite tasty but it’s also high-priced in many cases and very unhealthy. What you save any future health care bills by eating less junk food now is well worth it.
2) When you’re cooking something in the oven make more than you need and freeze it for a few days. When you go to reheat it make sure you let it thaw first and then use the microwave. Doing this will save you quite a bit of money and time.
3) Go to the library more often. If your town has even a moderately stocked library you can find all the magazines, books, music CDs and movie DVDs that you would ever need. Why buy them when you can borrow them for free?
4) Yes this is an oldie but it’s still a goodie; turn off the lights when you leave a room every single time.
5) Don’t be afraid to buy used furniture and other items at yard sales. Many times someone is moving quickly, retiring or some other circumstance that forces them to get rid of their things quickly and occasionally you can find amazing deals on things that aren’t even used or are very lightly used.
6) One by one start replacing all of the old incandescent light bulbs that you have in your home with CFL or LED light bulbs. Yes the new bulbs cost a lot more but they also last longer and will save you enough electricity that they are worth it. Buying them one at a time lowers the sting of their higher price.
7) If you don’t have a programmable thermostat in your home you should invest in one. If you have one you should be using it. Many people don’t take advantage of this energy saving device.
8) When you buy a new appliance don’t look at just the price tag. Yes you might be saving $2, $3 or $400 today but in the long run you may end up spending much more than your saving.
9) Anything that you own that has an air filter should be checked and the air filter replaced regularly.
10) Leave your credit cards at home except for one that you keep in your wallet or purse for an emergency. Simply put this will cut down on the temptation to use it and run up your debt.
11) This one takes some extra planning but may be well worth it. Using the weekly flyer from your favorite grocery store planned the meals that you will have for the week around what they have on sale. This will not only help you to lower the cost of the food that you buy but will also inject a little variety in two your lunches, dinners and breakfasts.
12) Speaking of grocery stores are you sure that the one that you are using is the cheapest in town? If you haven’t done a thorough price comparison lately it might be a good idea to buy exactly the same things one week on one last and buy them again the following week at a different grocery store. If there is a big difference then you’ll know which store you should use.
How about that another dozen excellent money-saving tips! We use many of these tips here ourselves and were always on the lookout for other great tips so if you have any please let us know. We hope you enjoyed part 2 and we’ll see you back here soon for part 3.