Saving Money

Saving Money

10 saving solutions you never thought of

Saving money is never easy, but there are lots of ways to do it! You may never have thought of these ideas:

Stop buying water

If you buy a bottle of water every day, you could be spending close to $400 a year on something you can get for free! Drink from the tap, or buy a cheap water filtration system.

Eat in

Try to eat out as little as possible. It is much cheaper - and usually much healthier - to prepare your meals at home. Pack up your leftovers and bring them to work or school.

Drive less

With the price of gas what it is today, the cost of driving is getting really high. Whenever you can, take public transit, ride your bike or walk to where you need to go.

Unplug your appliances

People pay for a lot of electricity they don't even use. TVs and most other household appliances use energy even when they're not being used.

Avoid the bar

Buying drinks at a bar is far more expensive than buying them yourself at the store. Instead of going out, invite some friends over for drinks next Friday night.

Talk smart

Cell phone bills have a way of climbing nice and high without you realizing it. Limit unnecessary calls, and use free Internet alternatives like instant messaging or voice services like Skype.

Second-hand clothes

Buying used and vintage clothing is often an incredibly cheap way to shop. You'll have to look a little harder, but you're sure to find some really cool stuff. Give it a couple good washes and it'll be fine.

Second-hand entertainment

You can also go secondhand for your entertainment. Visit your local library more often. Used bookstores are another great idea, and often offer cheap used DVDs too. Also, rent movies instead of paying high prices at the theatre.

Watch your credit card

People often spend credit as if it were their own money. Credit should be used as a convenience only - pay it off and keep it off. Monthly payments and interest really add up over time.

Buy what you need

One of the best ways to save money is to cut out unnecessary spending and impulse buying. Ask yourself: Do I really need that cool t-shirt or cute throw pillow? Cut back on the "retail therapy" and you'll have a lot more money in your pocket.