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Saving a little can make a huge difference! There are small changes we can make each day to keep more money in the bank. Here are some simple steps.
Meal Prep Your Lunch
Buying lunch every day can really add up at the end of the month, and that quick bite that you’re eating isn’t always the healthiest. Instead of running to grab that footlong sandwich from Subway bring your lunch from home! It will save you a lot of money and it will allow you to try new types of food. Meal prepping allows you to make bulk meals at the beginning of the week, and when it comes time for lunch all you have to do is pop it in the microwave.
Savings for 1 week: $27.50 (Subway BLT footlong 5 days/week)
Cut back on Subscriptions
If you’re anything like us you like to have all the streaming services. But, let’s be honest, are you really using all of them? That Hulu subscription is burning a hole in your pocket. Cut back on the services that you subscribe to and you’ll save a ton of money over the next few years.
Savings for 1 year: $71.88 (Basic monthly Hulu subscription)
Skip the Starbucks
Everyone loves coffee, but that Grande latte you get every morning is adding up. Trying making your own coffee during the week and saving the Starbucks runs for the weekend. Get some nice flavors and milks to add to your coffee and soon you’ll have your own personal Starbucks in your kitchen!
Savings for 1 week: $18.25 (Starbucks Grande Caffe Latte, 5 days/week)
Wash Your Car at Home
With summer on the way, our cars need a weekly wash to keep them looking shiny and new. Why go to an expensive car wash every week when you can just wash it yourself! Grab that bucket and sponge and get to work. It’s a great way to keep cool on those hot summer days!
Savings for 1 week: $20-25 (1 wash per week)
Refund Your Recyclables
Why throw out all your old soda cans when you can turn them in for money? Many grocery or liquor stores offer refunds for your empty cans. According to The Penny Hoarder, 32 cans is worth about 1.7 cents. That doesn’t seem like much, but after a couple months of refunds all those coins will start adding up.
Savings: 6.8 cents (after a month) 40.8 cents (after six months)
Consider Buying in Bulk
Buying in bulk is one of the best ways to save time and money. It allows you to buy your favorite products without fearing that they’ll run out the next time you need them. Buying in bulk also allows you to save money in the long run because the products last longer, and there’s no need to buy them again. Consider toilet paper: Why keep buying a pack of four rolls every week when you can save money and buy a pack of 50?
Savings for 1 month: $84.64 (A four pack of Angel Soft toilet paper per week)
Learn to Make Your Favorite Takeout
Do you love to buy a Chipotle Chicken Burrito every day for dinner but hate how much money it costs you? Skip the line at the register and instead learn to make it yourself! Check out this recipe and soon you’ll be enjoying tasty homemade burritos while also saving money.
Savings for 1 week: $45.50 (Chipotle Chicken Burrito 7 days/week)
Saving money doesn’t mean sacrificing the habits you love the most. Follow these tips and you’ll be enjoying life with a little extra money in your pocket!