Save some money today

We live in a society that, for the most part, operates on instant gratification. While most strategies tied to money are long haul, long run types of payoffs, I thought it would be interesting to list several things, 21 to be exact, that could save you money right away.

There’s nothing groundbreaking below and this list is nowhere near all inclusive. When I started to document my 5 Frugal Things recently I noticed that there are tons of everyday things that were often overlooked as being frugal. I’ve come to find, in our lives at least, that taking a few frugal minutes to think about what we are doing and consuming can make a big difference.

When I’m brushing my teeth, do I really need that big of a blob? Or will a small blob do the job? Ha! I’m totally going to use that phrase when instructing Little Daisy to brush her teeth,

“A small blob will do the job!”

🙂 Anyways…

  1. Make your coffee at home. (Or if you’re lucky like me, free coffee and tea at work!)
  2. Eat breakfast at home.
  3. Plan ahead. For everything. Plan your meals, your money, and your time.
  4. If you work out of the home, pack your lunch.
  5. Stop purchasing bottled water.
  6. Are you renting a modem through your wireless internet provider? We were paying $11/month for modem rental. After speaking to some tech-savvy friends (because Mr. Daisy and I are not tech-savvy), we purchased a modem at a big box store for $75. No more rental fees, and the modem paid for itself in 7 months.
  7. Actually read through your bills. Don’t just skim and assume everything is accurate.
  8. Water down your drinks. I dilute my Little Daisy’s apple and orange juice. She has no idea, and I can make one jug of juice last an entire month!
  9. Make Brinner – breakfast for dinner!
  10. Phase out the use of paper products in your home.
  11. Make your own seasonings rather than buying packets.
  12. Call your cable company to see if there are any discounts you qualify for. Or cancel cable altogether.
  13. Call your cell phone provider, home insurance, vehicle insurance, and rental insurance companies and do the same as above.
  14. Buy dryer balls for less than $5 and stop buying dryer sheets.
  15. Unplug anything you are not using.
  16. Reduce the amount of single serve food items you purchase. (i.e. lunch size bags of chips, snack packs)
  17. Re-use your Ziploc bags.
  18. Recycle. It will cut down on your trash costs and reduce the likelihood that your child’s future home will be built on top of a landfill.
  19. Use less of everything. Shampoo, laundry detergent, dish soap, body soap, toothpaste. A little bit of pretty much everything goes a long way.
  20. Make your own laundry detergent.
  21. Use the library for books, movies, and magazines.

Like I said, nothing groundbreaking. Each of these 21 things is relatively effortless. If only half of them became a habit, you will see the savings add up as I have.

If thoroughly checking your bills and invoices becomes in an ingrained habit, I guarantee that you will catch a mistake that ends up saving you money.

If you make breakfast for dinner at lease one night each week, you will feed your family for pennies on the dollar.

If it becomes a habit to take a few seconds and rinse out Ziploc bags, you will save yourself the $4 each month (of few times each month) purchasing them.

A few small tweaks in habits and our daily lives can really make a difference!

What are some every day, instant savings things that you do? What would you add to the list?

8 COMMENTS

  1. Erik @ The Mastermind Within | 13th Mar 17

    I love me some Brinner 🙂 I usually make 3-4 eggs, sprinkle some cheese and throw some salsa on it! 🙂 Very cheap meal and pretty healthy. I also love greens and nuts.

    Unplugging things can save a lot of money. My roommates don’t always do this and it makes me upset. Oh well.

    • Mrs. Daisy | 13th Mar 17

      Erik – don’t worry, you’re not alone. I am the only one in my house that unplugs things. Mainly because I am the only individual in my house that is a morning person. Anything beyond the required energy that needs exerted to get out the door is not a concept that Mr. Daisy and Little Daisy possess. I find myself doing a quick sweep of the house each morning before I leave flipping off surge protectors, unplugging the coffee pot and blender. It takes no more than a minute and it’s worth that savings!

      For brinner in our house, we usually do pancakes with chocolate chips and some fruit. I don’t buy the boxed pancake mix, homemade is so easy and I guarantee you have the staples in your house right now 🙂

  2. Laurie @thefrugalfarmer | 13th Mar 17

    You know, it really is the little things that add up. We do many of these things and have found that they can really save a total of a LOT of money. Likewise they can be trouble if you spend on them regularly. Good ideas!

    • Mrs. Daisy | 13th Mar 17

      Thanks, Laurie! Something as small as buying blocks of cheese and shredding it myself is a simple way to save a few cents 🙂

  3. Katy | 13th Mar 17

    I love your #3-planning! When we plan our meals and vacations we always save money!

    The little things do add up-we try to make coffee at home, pack leftovers for lunch, we don’t use paper towels/paper napkins and I use homemade laundry soap from soap nuts.

    • Mrs. Daisy | 14th Mar 17

      After I started tracking every cent of our spending, it was very evident that the little things add up!

  4. Tina von S | 21st Mar 17

    To me, the biggest part of the money saving is by grocery shopping. Buying on long term and always always go to the shop with a grocery list. Life saver for budgeting on food and not spending money on things you really don’t want. But good trick on the modem. In our country we get it for free when you sign up for internet, so that must suck..

    • Mrs. Daisy | 21st Mar 17

      Very true, Tina! I try to keep our pantry fully stocked with non-perishables in order to reduce food waste. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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