6 Easy Ways to Save More Money

If only money grew on trees… am I right?! While there aren’t really any legit “get-rich-quick” techniques, there are some easy ways you can save more money. Are they easy? Depends on your willpower. But can they be done? Absolutely! Whether you’re just looking to save more in the short-term or long-term, here are 6 easy ways to save more money.

6 Easy Ways to Save More Money

Dine Out Less, Cook in More

I think dining out is the biggest culprit for most of us. Whether it’s going out to lunch with coworkers a few days a week or picking up dinner to-go on your way home, this adds up FAST. Try to do some meal prepping early in the week (Sunday is the best for this) or cook a little more than you need for meals to give you an extra meal or two during the week. It’s amazing how much you can save doing so!

Contact Providers for Best Deals

Just because that phone or cable plan you signed up for a few years ago was the best deal at the time, doesn’t mean it’s still the best plan for you today. Reach out to your providers to see if there’s something that better fits your current usage needs. I recently did this with our mobile phone provider and ended up not only saving $20+ a month, but also getting even MORE data on our plan! If you’re really feeling brave, you can also “cut the cord” on your cable. I haven’t been able to bring myself to do that though. Some TV I just really enjoy watching live!

Get Books at the Library

Reading can be an expensive hobby! So instead of purchasing new books at the store all of the time, sign up for a library card and continue to read all of the books on your list for FREE! Plus, if it ends up being a not so great book, you don’t have to feel bad about shelling out the money for it.

Make A Grocery List + Don’t Shop Hungry

These two go hand in hand. First, make a grocery list. Check out the circular and see what’s on sale. I often map out meals for the week based on what’s BOGO (buy-one-get-one) at the grocery store. Also, having a specific list of what you plan to pick up helps keep you in line so you’re not wandering aimlessly and throwing unnecessary items in your cart. And on that note, don’t shop hungry! Even if you have a list, it’s a lot easier to throw more things on the end cap in your cart since when you’re hungry, everything looks good!

Ditch the Gym, Do Workouts at Home

While we’re all constantly talking about how we need to exercise more, are we really getting the value out of those gym memberships we shell out good money for each month or year? If the answer is yes, power to you! If not, maybe it’s time to reconsider. You can invest in some at-home equipment and not have to worry about making sure o

Unsubscribe from Email Lists

Our inboxes get cluttered up enough with all of the mailing lists we’re signed up for, so if you’re feeling tempted to buy all the things each time a sale email hits your inbox, just click unsubscribe! This is more of a proactive money saving tip, but if you never see the “big sale” message then you’ll never have to worry about the money that you would’ve been spending!

 

Do you use any of these methods to save more money? Any others to add to the list?

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  • Hannah

    I love this list! I also use apps like Ibotta to get money back at the grocery store. Using camel camel camel tells you when Amazon lowers prices too!
    Hannah
    @craving_happy

    • I’ve heard great things about Camel Camel too! I really need to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your tips!

  • Love these tips! Too true about the emails..I never realized I’m probably buying much more than I need whenever I get a sale email!

  • I definitely think unsubscribing helps immensely. I am only tempted when I get an email about a great sale. Otherwise I wouldn’t think about spending.

    • Exactly! I don’t even want to think about how much money I’ve spent because of a sale email!

  • I tried the unsubbing from mailing lists technique but I still receive almost everything I unsubscribed from! It’s so annoying :-(

    • Gah that’s so frustrating! I have a couple sites that don’t seem to go away either. I hate that!

  • Follow My Gut

    I’m totally guilty of shopping while hungry and I always end up at home like, “Why did I buy all of this?!?” Thank you for these reminders they’re really helpful especially since I need to save!

    Danielle | FollowMyGut.com <3

    • Haha, YES! That’s me all the time at the grocery store. Shopping hungry results in a lot of irrational food purchases!

  • I totally need to unsubscribe from email lists! They always grab me and pull me in with the email subjects and then I end up buying something!

    • Same! I mean I get some great stuff, but my bank account hates me for it, haha.

  • My favourite tip is to not use the car, or to not buy one in the first place. Unless you work outside the city or you have a baby, I don’t think there could be any strong arguments for buying a car. It’s expensive to buy one and it generates a lot of monthly costs.

    Cristina | *janded

    • So true! In the U.S. most cities require a car to get around, but if you can carpool or work from home that’s the way to go!

  • Totally needed this post today! I’m trying to so hard to find little ways to save money! I actually just got rid of my smart phone!! So crazy but I’m saving 80 dollars a month! Also, unsubscribed from my most of the emails which has been a huge help in self control, haha. This is a great post!!

    • Thanks, Erica! Saving $80 a month from your phone is HUGE! What kind of phone did you switch to? Not seeing those sale emails really helps too!

  • Reeni Geiser

    Thanks for sharing! I am always looking for ways to save more money:) I love reading so one of my new year resolutions has been to get books from the library, but if it’s a book I will read again then I will purchase:)

    • That’s a great idea! The amount of money you spend in books otherwise is just crazy!

  • Yay for the library! I’m a librarian so I’m here every day and I get so much that saves me money. And not just books – we’ve got audiobooks, video games, DVDs, music! And e-books and audiobooks that can be downloaded for free.

    • That’s awesome! I bet you take full advantage of all the things then! I really need to get myself to the library more often!

  • Courtney Patterson

    A while back, I invested in a few workout items and a yoga mat and bought workout/yoga DVD’s. I now do all my exercising at home. We also live in a hilly area so I can get in a brisk walk or run if I want. It’s saved us tons of money.

    • You go girl! Gym memberships can be so expensive!

  • Neely

    We just called a bunch of our providers and saved about $300 a month!

    • Wow, that’s amazing!! Did you end up downgrading a lot of things or just getting a better deal?

  • i have saved so much money since joining the library.. i was wasting so much money on books lol. if i love it, i’ll buy it, but more often than not i was donating the ones i didn’t love – such a waste. plus my library as ebooks, which is so convenient!

    • That’s awesome! I haven’t been a big fan of ebooks BUT they do come in handy when you can read on your phone when you’re on the go. I might need to give them another try soon!

  • All great tips!!! I have been cooking more which has really helped me save money. It really does add up after awhile. Also calling around for the best deals is a must. I do enjoy working out at the gym but I also love my at home work outs on those days I just don’t want to deal with crowds. Great list!!!

    • Thanks, Mistle! Cooking in saves SO SO much. I’m with you on at-home workouts for avoiding the peak gym times, but it also takes a lot more motivation to get me working out when Netflix + the couch are there :) ha

  • Getting books at the library is a great way to spend money, but I struggle with it. I LOVE collecting books for my bookshelf. So, I usually rent first and, if I love a book after reading it, I buy it.

    • I know the feeling, Emily! Good idea to try the book out before buying!

  • I grew to hate buying books because I would sit down and read it in one sitting. I’m that person who can’t put a book down once I start reading if it’s a good story. So I drop $15 on a book but I am done with it a few hours later. I recently signed up for a library card here in my town and I love it! So convenient! I also agree with making your own meals doing workouts at home/outside during warmer months.

    • Ugh, I so know that feeling. I think a library card really helps with that! My favorite time to workout at home/outside is actually winter, haha. It’s unbearably hot in Florida in the summer – that’s when I have to be inside ironically :)

  • Such great ways to save a little money. I need to start utilizing the library – I am spending way too much money on books.

  • so spot on! I always go to the library! I don’t get the pretty insta pics of books, but at least i save a lot of money! haha

    • So true! I have a million books on my shelf still but I’m going to try not to buy any more – time to start utilizing the library more!

  • Couldn’t agree more about the library! I get ALL my books from there (I read A LOT so that saves a ton), I get audiobooks from there (no more Audible subscription), and I get most of my movies and TV show seasons from there, too (bye bye Netflix!)!

    • That’s awesome! I definitely want to make a point to go more once I get through all of the books on my shelf! Love that they offer movies + TV shows too!

  • Jessica Spivey

    The grocery list and not going hungry is the biggest for me!

  • Kimberly @ Berly’s Kitchen

    My family does a great job with these except not shopping while hungry. :( Unfortunately, we tend to go to the store on empty stomachs.

    • That’s the worst! I always pick up so many more things when I go in hungry!

  • I live in an apartment complex that has it’s own little library, and I know that basing my reading list off of what’s actually in the library instead of buying my own books saves me a lot of money! And definitely eating at home helps a lot with sticking to a smaller budget!

    • That’s so cool! Then you save on gas/transportation too since you’re not going very far:)

  • Not shopping hungry is SO key. For real! I tell everyone that.

    • Yes! I feel like I still do it far more often than I should though, ugh!

  • Leah Hall

    These are great tips! Also, don’t grocery shop with your kids along, haha!

    • Thanks, Leah! That’s such a good one too! I don’t have kids but can definitely relate with my sisters and even when I’m visiting my parents and go shopping with them now, ha!

  • Candy Kage

    Love your ideas, we don’t eat out hardly at all and have been going to the library since I was a little girl. Your list is perfect for saving money.

    • Thanks, Candy! I want to make a point to start taking advantage of the library more!

  • Abbey Phipps

    Absolutely make a grocery list! And meal plan! :)

    • 100% yes! Do you have any favorite recipes for meal planning?

  • Laina Turner

    Meal plan and the library. 2 that could save me so much money. My family wastes so much on those impulse food buys.

    • Impulse food buys are the worst! I always need to put my blinders on when walking by the end caps at the grocery store too, haha.

  • In addition to making the grocery, I also need to shop alone! John will throw so much crap food into the cart if I take him with. The bill is substantially less when I go it alone.
    I love my library, I get everything there.

    • So true! I need to have a list handy when I go in there, otherwise who knows what I’ll end up buying!

  • Christy Largy Cegelski

    I absolutely need to cook at home more! Eating out wastes so much money (not to mention how unhealthy it can be!) I also love your advice to unsubscribe from email lists…not something I thought of.

    • So true! A lot of the restaurant portions are really like double what a normal portion would be. The struggle is it’s always much tastier when you’re at the restaurant vs. home, haha. And not seeing those sale emails helps soooo much!

  • I always found that I spent way more than I intended in the supermarket. I switched to a weekly online shop. I have a delivery plan which costs me £3 a month which is considerably less than I’d pay in petrol and then if I go over my budget, I can check my online basket and take things out. I then have a cash envelope for things like the local butchers. Next mission is to get a better broadband/telephone deal. Managed big savings on gas/electricity and water last year.

    • That’s a great idea! I’ve been wanting to try something like that out but I always think about it the day of and you have to order in advance. Kudos for you for getting the standard utilities down! How did you do it?

      • I actually haven’t switched suppliers at all so far. I’ve simply asked for a better rate. I almost swapped broadband and telephone but at the last minute during cancellation period with the new company. I got offered a much better deal. Just over £15 saving a month.
        Always worth asking.

  • Cooking instead of eating out is the one we struggle with the most!

    • I think it’s a tough one for a lot of people! I’m especially bad with it if I’m going out of town or just getting back from a trip. I’ll push the grocery store off for far too long!

  • Run DMT

    Love these tips! Dinning out is definitely my downfall. It ruins diets too! ;-)

    • Thanks, Denise! So true! There are some weeks I do great with cooking at home and other weeks where I’m dining out every day. Ugh!

  • Rachel Golden

    I started unsubscribing to emails a few months ago, but it feels like such a daunting task! I love, love, love the idea of going to the library! That’s my favorite place to hangout. There are so many stories at your finger tips & you don’t have to pay for any of it!! I love it! I cut out buying coffee and I’ve noticed SUCH a difference

    • I know! Just when I think I’ve cleared out all of the tempting emails more seem to sneak in, haha. I definitely want to spend more time at the library once I get through the books sitting on my shelf!

  • Sophie Louise Buckle

    I need to contact some of my providers and shop for a better deal the prices just seem to go up and I always put off contacting them but I know it will be worth it and likely save me in the long run!!

    Sophie x
    http://www.sophobsessed.com

    • It definitely is! Even try the online chat option if you’re short on time!

  • We really need to work on dining out less. It’s shocking when we sit down and figure how much money goes to eating out!

    • It really is! One of my biggest money downfalls for sure!

  • Sky Fisher

    Unsubscribing from lists was a huge thing for me as I am definitely an impulse buyer and found myself buying things just because they were on sale.

  • Melanie Flinn

    Great tips! Oh my gosh, I spend a fortune, no joke, if I go to the store hungry! Like twice as much.

    • Thanks, Melanie! That’s exactly what happens to me too! You’d think we’d know better than to go to the store hungry by now :)

  • Great tips! I just wrapped up a no spend month in January and I learned so much about my spending habits

  • Not shopping hungry is a HUGE thing for me. If I am even remotely hungry when I go grocery shopping I will buy everything in sight. I also need to start writing a list.

    • You and me both! Writing a list (and not going in hungry) works wonders!

  • Jolina

    If only! And oh my I’m guilty of not doing 4 of these (not saying what haha). Should get on that!

  • These are great tips! I put myself on a quarter long spending ban and a lot of these have helped me tremendously. Unsubscribing from emails was so rewarding!

    • Wow, a quarter long?! You go girl! What’s been your biggest struggle?

      • Going out to eat for sure. I never realized that’s what my friends and I do the most until I set a budget for food. It’s hard coming up with alternative plans that they’re on board for.

  • these are great tips! we started bringing lunch to work and only eating out on friday and saturday and its amazing how much its saved us!

    • That’s a really great idea! I try to limit the days of the week too. It helps a lot!

  • Ooo you just reminded me, I need to renew my library card! I spend a ton on books, read them and never touch them again which is silly. The library is definitely the way to go!

    • For sure! Once I get through all the books on my bookshelf, I’m definitely going to spend more time at the library!

  • Jill Campbell

    Some great, common sense ideas here! Now if only I could stop buying Starbucks chai lattes…

    • Oh I know that struggle! I treat myself once a week to Starbucks. If you can start to cut the days down little by little it helps!

  • These are great tips! I recently went through and rolled up a ton of emails using Unroll.me that way I’m not as tempted by all the email sales but still have access to the emails if I need it.

    • Thanks, Alison! Unroll.me helps me a lot too! When they roll in individually that’s where it gets the most dangerous!

  • So agree, I am all for home cooked meals, not only does it save money but the best and healthiest option.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Yes! I’m trying to cook at home more – need to find some new recipes to try out :)

  • Shani Ogden

    Great suggestions Rachel! We do a lot of these things already but there is always room for improvement. :)

  • I really need to eat in more. I had a bunch of brunch and dinner dates the last couple of weeks and I was shocked at how quick that added up. I think the next date with friends will be over coffee or a walk :).

    • It’s scary once you see the bill! You don’t realize how much it adds up until it’s time to pay up, haha.

  • Grocery lists have really saved me, also meal planning. I save a lot of money if I only go to the grocery store once a week.

    • So true! Do you have any favorite recipes for meal planning?

  • Chelsea-Catherine Cobb Croom

    These are great! I am definitely trying to save money! I just need to eat in more for sure!

    • Thanks! I think dining out is a huge downfall for us all, haha.

  • OMG shopping hungry is a HUGE problem for me! That’s a definite no-no.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

    • Same! I always come out with all of the things when that happens!

  • Aliza Hale Biorn

    Oh my goodness! Don’t show hungry is my biggest money problem. Everything looks so good! Or I don’t make a meal plan and buy random things that make no meals.

    • Exactly! If I’m shopping hungry I follow my nose (or eyes) and end up throwing everything in the cart!

  • Anne Markey

    Saving money is a great habit, these are great tips. Another great way to save money is to ditch cable and use streaming services!

  • These are great tips! I have been trying to eat at home more, both for health and financial reasons and have found that finding meals that can be prepped and frozen ahead of time have been a lifesaver.

    • Thanks, Emily! Cooking at home more is something I’ve been trying to work on too. It helps so much with money and health – you’re right!

  • The tip to unsubscribe from email lists is a good one… if it’s something (even a blogger!) encouraging me to buy something new, I’m unsubscribing!

    • Yes! It’s so hard when a million sales are popping in your inbox every day – especially when a holiday comes around!

  • I miss being able to get books at the library! At least there are some other teachers to swap books with, so I do still have some free reading material.

    • That’s good! Do you have a library card set up? If so, you can read free ebooks with your membership!

  • Love all these tips — especially the unsubscribing from emails! It keeps me from impulse shopping at work.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • Thanks, Katie! Impulse shopping is a struggle for me too! Unsubscribing from emails def helps!

  • We’ve recently started working out at home too and we always get a value menu before we go grocery shopping haha. These are all great tips! :)

    I get my books through book review programs. Our library also has an amazing ebook system which means no late fees ever!

    • That’s a really good idea! Sometimes I try to stop at the grocery store on my way home from work but it doesn’t always work out well (sometimes I’m already hungry, ha). And yay for no late fees with the library! Any favorite reads recently?