04 October 2014

50 Ways to Save Money on Everyday Items

  1. Buy in bulk.
  2. Compare weekly ads for best prices.
  3. Go generic, avoid brand names.
  4. Buy a wholesale membership card.
  5. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables at your local farmers' market.
  6. Scout for coupons - check the back of dockets, emails, your letterbox.
  7. Shop according to what's on sale.
  8. Buy fruits and vegetables that are in-season.
  9. Buy cloth serviettes and dishtowels. 
  10. Buy everything for the week in one trip.
  11. Plan ahead for purchases you know are coming up.
  12. Plan your weekly menu in according to sales.
  13. Use frequent shopping cards.
  14. Shop at garage sales and second-hand stores (Salvos, Vinnies etc.).
  15. Read the fine print on credit card offers.
  16. Negotiate lower interest rates on your  credit cards.
  17. Keep a budget for your household.
  18. Ask yourself if you really need an item you wish to purchase.
  19. Make more meals from scratch.
  20. Make your own household cleaning products.
  21. Take advantage of samples.
  22. Cut down on utility bills - use less water, turn off lights, hang clothes to dry, and more.
  23. Check the clearance section first.
  24. Reuse items and buy reusable batteries.
  25. Avoid grocery shopping when you’re hungry.
  26. Search for less expensive insurance from top-rated companies.
  27. Take advantage of Internet sales  and discounts.
  28. If possible, avoid taking children with you to the supermarket.
  29. Implement the $100/24 Hour Rule to cut down on impulse shopping.
  30. Make your own organic weed killers.
  31. Brew your own coffee and lattes.
  32. Pack your lunch.
  33. Avoid kiosks and vending machines - bring your own drinks and snacks from home.
  34. Buy off-season - shop at the end of summer for summer items, the end of winter for winter items, or after Holidays for holiday items and use them during the next year.
  35. Put petrol in the car on the cheapest day of the week.
  36. Go to the movies on cheap Tuesday (or whatever day your local cinema is cheapest).
  37. Take your own drinks and snacks to sports events, movies and concerts.
  38. If you have a Seniors Card use it for discounts on all manner of things.
  39. Ditto an Automobile Club card (RACV, NRMA etc.)
  40. Visit your local op shops on 50% off days (my local Salvos have 50% off everything on a Tuesday).
  41. Wash your hair before you go to the hairdressers for a trim and skip the blow-dry at the end.
  42. Always return your library books on time.
  43. Plant a container of salad greens and pick the leaves you need each day instead of buying them.
  44. Check the air in car tyres each week. Keeping the right pressure in tyres ensure efficient wear and aids fuel economy.
  45. Make one night a week a mufti night and eat the leftovers in the fridge for dinner rather than toss them.
  46. Collect the first run of cold water from the shower and use it in the washing machine or to water the veggie garden.
  47. Use grey water to water lawns.
  48. Seal around door and window frames to seal leaks.
  49. Turn the thermostat down in winter and up in summer and dress appropriately for the seasons.
  50. Set up a bill payment reminder system so you never have a late fee.

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