I’m no Suze Orman but I do love saving money. I’m the girl who implements “no spend days” and takes pleasure in hosting yard sales for my neighborhood, for a small fee, of course. Besides making a few extra bucks just for putting up signs and advertising the quarterly neighborhood yard sale, I have some other unusual ways to save (and make) cash in my repertoire. Maybe you’ve heard of these or have tried them yourself but just in case you haven’t-here goes.
I never buy snacks, drinks or candy from convenient stores or vending machines. The mark up on those hunger-related impulse buys is through the roof. Once a month or two, I make my own baggies of granola or nuts and carry them wherever I go. I never leave home without filling my water bottle.
When at home, I don’t use lights during daylight hours. Believe it or not, this takes discipline. I didn’t realize that I had gotten into the habit of flipping on lights, even when they aren’t really needed. I use candles for extra lighting or simply open a window.
I refuse to pay convenience fees for online bill pay. Nope! Sorry, bill companies. You will be sending me a paper bill if you intend to charge me for making a payment.
I stopped buying books. I go to the library every two weeks to stock up on books.
I double up on family events. For example, we often celebrate two birthdays with one party or if a birthday is close to a holiday, we roll it into one. That really saves money!
I eat soup or dried beans a few times a week. You can make soup for pennies compared to a family dinner.
I never subscribe to catalogs or online newsletters. They make me want to buy!
Never use a credit or debit card for grocery shopping. Sure grocery shopping is a necessity but you don’t need to spend more than you can afford. Always shop for food using cash.
Eat more raw veggies. They are so inexpensive and of course, good for you!
Reuse zippered storage bags aluminum foil and plastic grocery bags. Don’t spend a ton of money on new ones. It’s a waste and bad for the environment.
I try to save money as frequently as I can but I’m told these ideas are my most “unusual.” Perhaps you can put them to work for you and your family.