1. Save Your Change
Odds are, at the end of the day, you have a little bit of change in your pocket or purse. Empty it out and put it in a jar. I know one couple that saved over $100 this way in just a few months. Those nickels and pennies don’t seem like much, but they really do add up. Also, keeping spare change in a jar gives you an emergency fund you’re less likely to touch unless you truly need the money. After all, who wants to count out a hundred dollars in change?
2. Use Cash
Use cash instead of a debit or credit card whenever possible. When you use a debit or credit card, it’s easy to overlook how much you’re spending. When you use cash, you can easily see how much money you have and how much money you’re spending, which can help you spend less. It also means you’ll have more change at the end of the day, which will help you save change.
3. Shop at Thrift Stores
We all know that sometimes, you can’t help but spend money for some reason or other. If your last spatula just broke, go to Goodwill instead of the local department store. If your kid’s birthday is this weekend, shop at Goodwill. I promise you can find toys that originally cost thirty dollars, but you’ll only pay five bucks. A lot of the items at Goodwill are in great working condition, and can even look brand new with a good scrubbing.
4. Sell Your Old Junk
Instead of donating all of those old books, sell them on Craigslist or a Facebook buy/sell/trade group. You can sell or trade just about anything including old clothes, old toys, and old appliances. You’ll either save money by trading what you don’t need for something you do need, or you’ll make money buy selling your old stuff.
5. Look Through Closets
Purses, jackets, jeans. You’d be surprised by how much all the leftover dollar bills and gift cards in those pockets add up to. You may not find too much money, but even three gift cards with a dollar a piece on them add up to one free coffee that you would have spent money on otherwides. Happy hunting!