Sunday, March 10, 2013

5 Tips to Save You Money Right Now

Let's face it, money just isn't growing on trees anymore. Ah, the days when I could just go outside and pick a dollar or two off my money tree. Those were some good times. But alas, that tree has died roots and all. Still blaming El Nino for that one...

So whether your money tree has passed on to the next life or is still plentiful, here are 5 tips to save you money right now!

1.) Find loose change. It's everywhere. Search the couch, bottom of your purse, pants pockets, car, dresser, kitchen counter, etc. You will be surprised how quickly it adds up. Once you gather it all up, you can either spend it or put it in the bank. You decide!

2.) Don't throw away coupon/store mailers. Once a week most people get a wad of coupons (Redplum or Smart Source) in the mail. This is money. Now you don't have to use a coupon on a product you will never use just to use it, but do look through it to see if there are any coupons for PRODUCTS YOU ACTUALLY USE. The savings really do add up. The grocery stores also send out mailers for sale items. Read these. You may find a fantastic deal.

3.) Date/family night in. I love a good night in with the family but sometimes you need to get creative to keep it exciting and fun. Plan a game night with popcorn and other yummy snacks. If you invite friends, have everyone bring a dish/snack. Build a fort in the living room and watch a movie (with everyone inside the fort). Light a fire or a bunch of candles and have a date night in with your love. Hey maybe other fires will start to burn ;-) Pour a glass of wine, turn on some jazz, and work on a puzzle.

4.) Look for the long lost gift card. You may have a gift card somewhere in your house right now. Think of your last birthday or holiday. Chances are someone got you a gift card. Have you used it? If not, that's money right there. Find it and plan an outing specifically around the dollar amount on your card. Squeeze every last drop out of it.

5.) Meal plan from what you already have if your pantry. This can be a little harder until you get used to doing it. Take a look at your pantry and see what you can make from ingredients you already have on hand. You may have enough for several meals. These don't have to be super fancy. Basic is a-okay. Use what you have and then make a grocery list if necessary. You will be surprised how much you don't need to buy at the store when you do this.

What are some things you do to save money? Bring on the savings!!

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