100 Ways to Save Money in Your Everyday Life

Saving money can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Here are 100 ways to save money in your everyday life!

Saving money can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Here are 100 ways to save money in your everyday life!

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I love finding unique ways to save money! Saving money doesn’t have to be extreme, and can be a lot of fun. Frugality is often about shopping smart and not wasting what you have. Here are some of my favorite ways to save money. Don’t forget to leave your favorite money-saving tips below!

100 Ways to Save Money in Your Everyday Life

1. Scrape the bottom of jars.

You bought it with your hard earned money – get the most out of everything from toothpaste to the Ranch dressing container. For things like condiments or butter, we normally just stick the last bit in the new container, since new containers are rarely filled to the brim anyway.

2. Cook extra and eat leftovers.

Leftovers make an easy meal, and don’t require any extra time commitments. Invest in some nice Tupperware or Rubbermaid containers; they make a convenient way to save money.

3. Take restaurant leftovers with you.

As with everything, I’m a firm believer in using common sense. I am NOT in favor of taking advantage of free samples or grabbing all the sugar packs from restaurants. However, if you paid for your meal, there’s no shame in boxing up your leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch.

4. Repurpose old things.

Instead of buying new, repurpose old things.

5. Get clever with cooking.

Here are 10 creative ways to use up condiments. Use bread crumbs for toppings and seasoning.

6. Shake ink cartridges.

7. Use butter wrappers for greasing pans.

8. Use old, mismatched dish ware for gift-giving.

Bringing cookies to the neighbor? Use an old dish instead of using paper plates.

9. Make use of spare change.

Start collecting spare change in a jar, and watch the savings add up.

10. Buy clothing used.

11. Shop for holiday supplies after the holiday’s

12. Use reusable eating utensils

Use a water bottle and refill it, instead of plastic water bottles. And, most already do this, but use reusable plates/cups/utensils instead of paper. Although paper can be more convenient, it is wasteful and the little costs add up.

13. Ditch napkins

Cloth napkins save our family hundreds of dollars a year. Depending on how messy your eaters are and what is for dinner, a large napkin can be used a few times before being tossed in the wash. (Some families color-code napkins per person, or have a designated spot for each person’s napkins, so each person can reuse their napkin multiple times before washing.)

14. Ditch paper towels

Two years ago, I began making and selling reusable paper towels at The Parsi Company. We haven’t used paper towels since, and have never missed them. The average American family spends about $144 on cloth paper towels. That’s crazy!

15. Ditch Sandwich bags

Cloth sandwich bags are a great way to save money, especially if you use go through plastic baggies often.

16. DIY Dry cleaning

Sometimes, dry cleaning is a necessary evil. I recently stumbled across Woolite’s DIY Dry Cleaning sheets, which are LIFE CHANGING, and yet nobody seems to know about them. You simply toss them in the dryer with your hand wash and dry-clean only clothing. With Amazon prime, you can get a pack of 14 for about $10.

17. Use reusable menstrual products

Pads and tampons are terrible for the environment, and for you. Grab some cute cloth pads from Etsy or a new reusable menstrual cup. Diva cups are relatively inexpensive, and you will never have to buy pads or tampons every again. Grab some cloth panty liners (which feel just like underwear) on Etsy and you’re set for life.

18. Don’t go to the movie theater

Try the library’s collection of movies instead. (Being frugal also should never be illegal. Downloading movies off of the Internet is illegal.)

19. Cancel magazine and newspaper subscriptions

Many libraries subscribe to popular magazines and newspapers. Besides, you typically only read a copy once before throwing it out.

20. Use streaming services

Amazon Prime, Pandora and Spotify are great for music. Pandora and Spotify have free and paid options.

21. Check out your library’s full resources

Libraries have books, and many also have movies, CDs and audiobooks. Some have toys, games, and more. Your library also probably has a ton of free events and opportunities.

22. Stop buying coffee

Americans spend an average of over $1,000 a year on coffee. Daily or weekly coffee visits can eat up your budget. Instead of buying Starbucks, opt for making your own.

23. Ditch cable

Cable isn’t a necessity, and with streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime, there are ways to enjoy entertainment at a reasonable price.

24. Get rid of brand loyalty

If you have Netflix, check out the eye-opening documentary Food Inc. It’s crazy to think that more often than not, brand names and generic names are the exact same thing made in the exact same factory with a different label slapped on them. Brand name is not always the best when it comes to food!

25. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and in-app purchases

Enough said – these three can really drain you budget. Ditch them to save money!

26. Try to avoid stress spending

Yes, I’ve done it too. After a long, hard day, buying a cute new pair of shoes can seem relaxing. But, stress spending can come with a lot of regret. Try to avoid shopping-induced sites, locations, and apps. Opt for a technology free night, or a good show on Netflix. I try to wait 72 hours before I buy something.

27. Avoid gym memberships

Gym membership fees can add up quickly; especially considering you can get in shape right in your own home. Pinterest is full of simple DIY workouts. Most only require a pair of good tennis shoes, a set of weights and a yoga mat.

28. Unplug when you’re not using electricity

Unplug things when you’re not using them, to avoid using “ghost electricity.”

29. Keep track of finances

For a month, keep track of every single dime you spend. Keeping track of where I was spending my money has made a huge difference in my finances.

30. Budget

After you realize what you’re spending on monthly expenses, budget to gain control of your money!

30.  Leave room for fun-money in your budget

This helps keep your sanity. 🙂

31. Pick quality over quantity when applicable

32. Utilize price matching

33. Meal plan

Strategic meal planning can cut back on food waste and can save you thousands.

34. Freeze meals

Bulk freezing meals for throwing in the crockpot or the oven on a busy night can help prevent eating out.

35. Wait 72 hours before purchasing something

This prevents impulse buying and makes you really think, “Do I need this?”

36. Make a grocery list

And stick to it!

37. Don’t spend crazy amounts of money on toys

Kids toys is a huge industry, and they can be pricey. Stores like Once Upon a Child sell gently used kids toys at a reasonable price.

38. Find free local entertainment instead of zoos, shopping, etc.

39. Take advantage of a store’s loyalty card

40. Carpool

Carpool is an easy way to save time and money!

41. Start composting

42. Shop with cash only

43. Pay bills on time to avoid interest

44. Remember to use warranties

45. Cancel the landline

46. Use a bicycle (or walk)

47. Find a balance between giving and saving well

48. DIY laundry detergent

49. DIY cleaning supplies

50. DIY toothpaste

For the rest of the list, check out part 2!

Frugality How-To From the Greatest Generation:
Use it Up, Wear It Out, Make it Do, Or Do Without

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About Samantha

Samantha is a teen entrepreneur and a former unsocialized homeschooler from Indiana, USA. Samantha is interested in WWII history, Israel, and politics. Her specialities are words, frugality, homeschooling, and procrastination. When not blogging, Samantha spends her time reading, trying to speak Hebrew, and wasting time on Pinterest.

2 thoughts on “100 Ways to Save Money in Your Everyday Life

  1. When making sandwiches I use a flexible cutting board when finished making sandwiches I scrape the leftover bread crumbs into container and save to put on top of casseroles or add to soup

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