When it comes to saving money, people can do some wild things. It may only save a little, but imagine how much you could save if you combine all of the strategies over an extended period of time.
Listed below are a few ideas you may not have thought of before.
Regularly scan daily deal sites: These are great for personal care such as haircuts. But there are also plenty of special deals on restaurants and activities which are a great gift idea, but won’t cost you a fortune.
Get beauty treatments done for free: There are plenty of beauty schools that are looking for people to practice haircuts, manicures and other beauty treatments on. Although it may be more risky with a trainee, you will receive a major discount or it may even be free!
DIY home products: With websites like Pinterest, it is now even easier to find easy-to-make recipes for beauty or cleaning products. Many of these recipes also have natural ingredients and no nasty chemicals.
Enquire about corporate discounts: The company you work for could have discounts and perks for gym memberships and other activities which could save you a lot of money. It doesn’t hurt to ask.
Free fitness classes: Having a personal trainer or a gym membership can leave a hole in your wallet. But if you are looking to get into shape, there is a huge collection of fitness videos available online for free and many of them are by qualified professionals. Also keep an eye out for free fitness activities in your area.
Look for happy hour: Budgeting and saving money doesn’t have to take a toll on your social life. Research your local areas to see which bars and restaurants have a happy hour. You can often get food and drinks for half the price and can still enjoy going out with friends.
BYO at restaurants: Instead of paying $9 for a glass of wine, you could buy a bottle from the liquor store to share with the whole table. There are many restaurants that offer BYO alcohol, however, make sure you check if they have a corkage fee.
Use the local library: A public library is great for a number of reasons. You can borrow books, magazines and movies for free and you can also hang out there for free. So, if you have assignments or work you need to do, head down to your local library to use their air conditioning, heating and electricity for free!
Grow your own food: The amount of money you spend on seedlings will probably be a fraction of the cost of grocery bought fruit and vegetables. Herbs are an inexpensive item that can be easy to grow and you will have the freshest herbs to flavour your food.
Use a basket: If there are only a few things you need to get from the grocery store, using a basket can help deter you from adding in extra things. It will also give your arms a bit of a workout during your trip.
Eat frozen vegetables: You will still get the nutrients, but at a cheaper price. Also, many people waste money because their vegetables go rotten in the fridge before they get a chance to use them.
Pack light: Airlines charge extra for checked in baggage and if you are a regular flyer, this could add up. Before booking, figure out what you need for the trip and whether you can fit it in your carry-on luggage.
Fill up your tyres: If you tyres are not adequately inflated, it can affect your fuel efficiency. Most petrol stations have air stations where you can fill up for free!
Grocery savings: Most grocery stores put on the bottom of their receipt the amount you saved from sale items etc. Put that amount in a piggy bank or jar and see how much you can save over a few months or a year.