Wishing you could lower your expenses and have a little extra money in your wallet at the end of the month? In your quest to find big ways to save, don’t overlook the small things. Here are 5 small ideas that could could net you $20 of savings within a month.
1. How many gallon zip-top bags do you use each week? Instead of buying bags for food storage, simply shake the crumbs out of empty bread bags and use them instead. Reusing one or two bags a day can save you $1 or more each week.
2. Do you know how good a vegetarian meal can be? Serving just one vegetarian meal per week can save the average family $3 or more. Yummy vegetarian meal ideas: baked potato bar, (gluten free) sweet potato soup , beans and rice, homemade mac and cheese.
3. Do you use microwave popcorn? Popping your popcorn in an air popper (check thrift stores for cheap ones) or on the stovetop instead of in the microwave will save you a dime or more per serving. For additional savings, instead of potato chips or other expensive snacks, once a week send popcorn in kids’ school lunches.
4. Do you grab takeout pizza simply because you are too tired to cook? Once a week try making a double batch of soup. (Ever tried my Island Potato Soup?) Serve the first half of the soup on the day you make it, and stash the remainder of the soup in the fridge to serve later in the week when cooking feels like too much effort. If this idea helps you resist take-out pizza or deli chicken even once in a month, it can easily save you $10-20. And your family will be eating healthier too.
5. How many times do you make an extra trip to the store just for a few random items? If you live 4 miles from the store and drive a car that gets 24 mpg, that 8-mile round-trip is going to use 1/3 of a gallon of gas. That’s $1.25 a trip at today’s prices. By thinking creatively to use what you have on hand, and avoiding just one trip to the store per week, you will have saved a cool $5 by the end of the month. And that doesn’t even count the impulse-buying you’ll avoid by shopping less often.
Now it’s your turn: if you have simple ways to save, please comment below and share how you keep more money in your wallet.