Saving money is a way of life. Looking for ways to save has become a habit in our household as it probably is in many of your homes. I wanted to share with you ten of the things that have worked well for us and have allowed us to save money to use for memory makers or investing elsewhere.
10. Cutting our own hair.
A haircut at local shops range in price from $12-$22. I know there are the occasionally specials that come up but still, with six of us, after cut and tip, it sets us back a minimum of $60. That’s painful!! I invested in set of hair clippers and watched a few online tutorials and now I cut all four of the boy’s hair and my Princess’ hair.
It can be is messy but still $60 that could be spend else where is pretty nice. I do get my hair cut professionally but trim my bangs in the in between times.
9. Accepting hand-me downs.
I LOVE hand-me-downs but have been surprised lately as to how hard it is to get rid of them. Some just don’t like them, don’t have the space to store them, or various other reasons. Not me…I’ll accept your hand-me downs. If we don’t use them we will give them to someone that can use or donate them to charity. I’ve found that hand-me-downs come in forms other than clothes.
|My hand-me-down furniture and $1.50 pillows|
We have a full living room set that is hand-me-down as well many other things that were just being given away.
8. Stockpiling when things are on sale.
I’m not the big couponer I used to be but I do look for a good sale and stock up when I find one. Yesterday was the perfect example. I ran into Aldis to pick up a few things and I always stop back at their meat section to see if they have any discounted meat. I hit the jackpot. They had 6 lb packages of ground beef for $7.
I know the tag says $7 off but they gave me each of them for $7. I bought all they had. So last night I cooked up, drained and froze 42 lbs. of ground beef. Forty two pounds of ground beef for $49. CRAZY!! So look for those deals and stock up when you find them.
7. Buying thrift and salvage.
My boys are growing like weeds and so jeans and shoes are needed every couple months. Most hand-me-downs of boys jeans and shoes have holes in them or are worn out. So before we head to the “real” store, I always run to the thrift to see if the item I’m looking for is available there first…hopefully for a fraction of the cost. I realize this is not always the case.
|Thrift Store Outfits|
|Fill a Bag for $1 Sale|
Thrift bread stores are a fabulous resource. I make a trip to the bread store about once a month and buy BIG…20-30 loaves of bread and once again stick them in the freezer. I can usually get a loaf a bread for $.25 to $.50 per loaf at the Nickles bread store.
|Bread Store and Salvage Store Trip|
Amish Salvage Stores are plentiful in this area. These are store where mostly food and health/beauty items are very discounted because of scratches and dents at the “real” store. They also have food that is past date. I can almost always find a deal here.
6. Searching for coupons or coupon codes.
I was so proud of my 11 year old the other day. He was looking up an item online to purchase and after he found the item, he immediately opened another tab to search for a coupon code. Often, coupon codes don’t work or you may have to try a few to find one that does but they are well worth the few minutes it takes to look for them.
|Linen Closet Makeover|
I told you last week that I bought new bath towels for the first time in 19 years. I bought them online and was able to use two different coupon codes. I found these just by searching “Kohls coupon codes”. The towels before sale and coupon codes would have cost over $270…I paid under $80. Worth the search, I would say!
5. Use the library to its fullest capacity.
We have a tremendous library! We are there several times every week. They have good programs and are often eager to purchase a book for me if they don’t have what I’m looking for. They are now offering many e-books for loan. I love staying at home and having the ability to download the book I’m looking for for FREE.
There is also a great free resource to keep track of our library books called Library Elf. This service sends us updates via e-mail telling us when our books are due (3 days left, 1 day left, due TODAY) and warns us if we have anything that is overdue as well. It looks like a national program…check to see if your library is affiliated with Elf.
4. Check the local radio station’s website for deals.
Our local radio station has what is called “Half Price Deals”. We often cash in on deals like this for movie tickets. We can get 4 movie theater tickets for $15 through these deals. I buy these for birthday, Christmas, and anniversary presents. They make a great gift. There are other family, fun activities for half price through our radio station as well.
3. Make things you can make.
Recipes for laundry detergent, foaming and regular handsoap, and dishwasher tablets are all over blogland. I have used many of them. The money saved on laundry detergent alone is astounding. It really is not difficult to make and doesn’t take very long either. If you find a recipe that gets the desired result…USE IT!
|Homemade Swiffer Refills|
Meal planning falls into this category as well. I can almost guarantee that if you plan your meals, you will be less likely to impulse buy, order in, or eat out. Search online for the recipe for your favorite restaurant meal…you’ll probably find a recipe for it. Just think it may taste better and will probably cost a lot less!
2. Buy used appliances
I list this hesitantly because we haven’t been burned…yet. We have had tremendous success buying used appliances at ReStore. We saved hundreds of dollars when we bought our dishwasher and more recently our front load washing machine.
|Laundry Space Makeover|
They were both very good purchases and work way better than any new appliance we have purchased in the past.
1. Swallow your pride
This is listed as my number one because I think it is the most beneficial and the most difficult. Be willing to ask if there is a discount available. Apply for a scholarship. Use coupons when you can. Make the most of the hand-me-downs. Drive the used car. Walk into the thrift store without worrying who sees you. Pick up the pennies that others dropped and then walked on. It’s amazing how much I save when I quit worrying about what others think!!
These are several of the ways I save. How do you save? I’d love to hear your money saving tip.