Though we all know that saving money is important, it can also seem like quite a chore. Listed below are some relatively painless ways to save $50 this month, and in some cases, you’ll save much more.
Buy an outfit from the thrift store instead of from the mall.
It takes a little legwork, but you can often find outfits with the tags still on at the thrift store. For example, one dress at the mall will easily cost you $60 or more, and you can probably find something similar (or even better) at the thrift store for around $10. Bonus – depending on where the thrift store is, you can often score designer clothing and save hundreds off the original retail price!
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Shut the data off on your smartphone.
We all need to unplug a little anyway. A data plan can cost $50 a month for a small amount of data, and with some plans, even more. By using only wi-fi, you’ll save a bundle.
I’m not talking about extreme couponing. By using coupons, you’ll easily save $12 a week on things you’re buying anyway. Do your grocery shopping on a double coupon day and your savings will double too!
Skip the coffee shop.
There really is no need to buy coffee from a coffee shop with all of the fun drinks you can make at home. So, skip the coffee shop! Drink coffee made at home this month – maybe even splurge on some flavored creamer (with coupons, of course!). You might find that you like it even better than coffee from your favorite coffee bar.
Bring lunch from home.
Eating lunch out every day can run you $50 a week or more. Eating leftovers from last night’s dinner for today’s lunch will help you save that money, and you’ll know exactly where the ingredients came from.
Skip the gym.
If you take into account the monthly gym membership and the gas to get there and back every day, going to the gym can be a pretty pricey endeavor. This doesn’t give you an excuse to ignore exercise though – get out and go hiking, skating, running in the park, or work out with a free exercise video online this month.
Use the library.
The public library has so much to offer – from books to DVDs to free internet access, and some even offer free classes on different things. Spending some time at the local library is also a nice, quiet way to wind down after a long day.
Using a Kindle, iPad or tablet to read books? Don’t purchase books when you can borrow them from the library using Overdrive. Overdrive will allow you to borrow books, audiobooks, and videos for free if you have a library card!
Get free internet.
Getting internet access from a cable company can be pretty expensive even if you don’t sign up for one of their package deals. Get rid of your internet, or put your account on hold for a month to test things out. Just call and ask for them to hold your account. Then you can use free wi-fi hotspots for all of your internet access. You probably know that Starbucks and McDonald’s have free wi-fi, but there are so many other options: hotels, laundromats, gyms, grocery stores, and more! Download the Avast Wi-Fi Finder app (available on iPhone and Android) and see all of the hotspots near you.
Saving money is all relative. You may not be able to go without certain things that others do, but if you take an objective look at your daily habits, you’ll find that you can cut the fat from your budget in many places.
Do you have any $50 per month saving tips to add? What would you do with an extra $400 per month?