A lot of us aren’t great at saving money. With all the technology advancements in the past couple decades it’s made it even easier for us to spend money on things we don’t need.
Amazon Subscribe And Save Program
The Amazon Subscribe And Save Program is an easy way to save money. I’ve been using Amazon’s Subscribe And Save Program for about 3 years now because it’s an awesome, easy program and you save a lot of money especially if you’re an Amazon Prime member. When you’re a Prime member you unlock 20% off diapers! (To learn more about the subscribe and save program click here) (To learn more about the Amazon Prime Membership click here)
Use Coupons Any Time You Can
Another easy way to save money is by using coupons. Nowadays coupons are pretty easy to come by. You can get printable coupons on sites like coupons.com. That’s just an example though, there’s lots more online printable coupons.
Use Your Credit Card Wisely
It’s way too easy to spend money you don’t have when you’re carrying your credit card with you. Try to leave your credit card at home when you can. Another thing you should do is remove your credit card from your online accounts to make it less easy to impulse buy online. Make sure to shop around for credit cards before you apply for one, choose the one with the lowest fees.
Write A List Before You Go Grocery Shopping
When you need to go grocery shopping, make sure to write a list of the items you need and stick to your list. If you didn’t write it on the list it’s probably because you don’t need it. It’s also said that eating before you go grocery shopping is another way to save money because you’re likely to buy more than what you were going for when you’re hungry.
Do Price Comparisons
Make a habit out of checking your local grocery store sales each week so that you know where to shop for the best prices of the items you need to purchase. Some grocery stores have what they call “price match”. That means you can bring sales from other grocery stores and they’ll honor the price in the sale of it’s cheaper than their own items.
Learn And Master The 10-Second Rule For Shopping
The 10 second rule for shopping is one to know and live by. When you’re shopping and you pick up an item to put in your cart, hold it in your hand and ask yourself two questions; Do I need this? Why am I buying it? If you can’t answer either one of the questions then you put it back because you don’t need it.
Avoid Fast Food
Another reason to eat before going shopping is so you can avoid fast food. Fast food is expensive and it’s not good for you either. Don’t get me wrong, I indulge in some fast food once in a while but we all know it’s not good for us and it’s a waste of your money.
Get A Crock-Pot
Crock-Pots are a great way to save money. What I like to do is make is spaghetti sauce or stew, etcetera (there’s tons of Crock-Pot recipes online) and I freeze some so that when I’m not feeling up to making supper one night all I have to do is grab a Tupperware bowl out of the freezer and reheat. Easy peasy! Plus, if you work all day you can set it in the morning and come home to a great smelling meal
Install A Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are great because they help you save money on your energy bill. You can set schedules for when you’re home or gone and daytime or nighttime. Then there’s smart thermometers, if you download the app to your smartphone you can control it right from your phone and you can see energy consumption, schedules, etc. They even work with Alexa and Google Home. I have one and I love it.
Sell The Stuff You Don’t Need
Has it been a while since you’ve gone through your closet? Dresser? Storage? Basement? Garage? Yeah, there’s a lot of places we can store stuff and forget about it. Try going through your stuff and sell the stuff you don’t need. One tip I’ve been told when going through your stuff is to hold the item in your hand, if it doesn’t bring you joy you probably don’t need it. If you have a lot of stuff that you can sell, you could always make a yard sale. Another little extra for you is the fantastic feeling you’ll have from decluttering.
To Sum Up
We all want to save money but some of us just don’t have the will power. If we apply some new strategies to our shopping habits and we’re determined to save it’ll help a lot. When you’re on the verge of an impulse buy, just stop and think of the reason you want to save money in the first place, it might steer you away. If you follow the tips above you’re going to start saving and you’ll feel great about it. Eventually it’ll be second nature because the longer you use your new strategies, the more it’ll become a habit.
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Original post by Mel Goulet