Here is a list of some simple tips I have made use of in our home to help save money and find good deals. I hope you find them helpful.
1.Find Free Events with Your Family.
Be sure to check out sites like Macaroni Kid for a local calendar of events , it will cover things to do from tots to teens and parents too! Many will be free . Use it as a resource while traveling as Macaroni Kid is National.
2. Turn your lights off !
Such a simple thing to do, and it does save money! Tell your kids to, not just when you go out, but while you are home! Don’t leave every light on in the house.
3. Contact your cable / phone / cell phone companies!
Ask for better deals and how to save money. Many companies want your business and will be willing to work with you to keep your business.
4. Make your grocery list and check on line to compare costs!
With so many local choices, you may be surprised at how different prices are at stores. For example, the coffee we like is $3.00 less at Walmart and our local Trader Joes is the best for fresh fruit. I tend to shop at different stores during the week.
5.Call your Auto/Home Insurance to check rates
There may be something that you can add to your policy to save money. Paperless billing, reduce coverage on older car, safety features are just a few ideas. If you are not happy with that, call others to compare rates.
6.Back To School Shopping
Consider heading to a local outlet for great deals on clothing and shoes, while there see if there is a coupon booklet to grab for more deals.
Sign up for Ebates for online shopping and great money back. I have gotten over $500 back using this app, this link will give you $10 to get started too.
For school supplies, shop around online to see who has the best specials, whole shopping, grab some extra pencils and paper.
7. Get An App That Does A “Secret Savings”
Apps like Chime and Qapital are free and help to save you money by transferring into an account for you, You have control of how and what gets transferred , I have been using one for a while and like it!
8. Join A Facebook Group for your Community
Many neighborhoods have Facebook groups that allow you to buy and sell items. We have great success getting rid of kids clothes and other household items as well as purchasing the same. It is a safe way to make some money and help to clear out your old stuff too!
9. Use Coupons
Don’t be afraid to hand those coupons in, I love them! Our supermarkets take competitors too, making it super easy! Plus, stores like Kohls, Gap and Bath & Body always offer specials, check their website before heading out.
10. Check For Kids Eat Free Restaurants
Many places offer nights that kid eat free or at a very low cost. Check your favorite spots to get the info. most will be mid week but some also do it on weekends.
11. Pack Lunch at Home
Treat yourself to coffee and lunch out 1-2 x a week and make the rest at home. You’ll be so surprised to see how much you can save! Use Pinterest for creative ideas
12. Employer Benefits
Check with your employer or your spouse’s to see what perks they have. I found out we get 20% off our cell phone bill and discounts for car rentals too! Many may offer 401k matching , healthcare coverage and more! It’s worth a shot!