Can you use 55 money saving tips today? I’m so excited to share how to save money, now! It’s crazy, Mark and I bought this house back in 2005. We have a cell phone service that doesn’t work in our home. We have been patiently waiting for the cell towers to work around our home. Well, it’s been 14 years, it’s not going to happen.
I have to sit on the coffee table to talk to my family on my cell phone. The calls drop, you know the story. We can’t use our cell phones in the backyard, it has spotty service. This is the reason we haven’t dropped our landlines. It really bugs me to waste that money every month, but I need them to talk to my kids, I’m sure you understand.
I was approached by a company called SureCall to see if their cell phone signal booster would work in my home. It was installed yesterday. They sent it to me to try and let me tell you this, I now have 4 bars on my phone all day long. I am finally going to be able to drop the landlines. I am not getting paid to tell you about this, but I was given the booster.
Here’s the deal, if you have the same issues I had, this unit may just work for you. They have a few different sizes depending on the size of your home. If I had purchased the unit it would take me 5 months to recoup the cost after dropping my home landlines. I can hardly wait to drop those landlines. SCORE! I just had to tell you about this booster, it’s been a blessing to me. Here’s their website: SureCall This is an awesome YouTube by SureCall.
Money Saving Tips
1. Drop Your Landlines
I’m thinking more and more people are going to ditch their
2. Get Rid Of Cable
This one may be easier than any other item. The cost is so expensive and we can watch Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime, who needs cable? Mark will say “don’t cut my sports channels!”
3. Turn Off The Lights
We can save a lot of money each year just by being conscious of turning off the lights when we leave a room.
4. Learn To Make Bread
By now you know I love to make bread. If you want to learn how to make homemade bread, dinner rolls, breadsticks, and cinnamon rolls please try my no-fail recipes. You will save so much money. Linda’s Bread Tips/Recipes
5. Buy Used Items
Have you tried going to second-hand stores to purchase gently used items? My kids and grandkids shop there all the time and spend pennies on the dollar. It’s a great way to buy those things we need at rock bottom savings.
6. Drink Water
Skip the soda and drink water, lots of water. And while you’re at it, purchase a reusable water bottle. I saw some really nice ones at Costco at a very reasonable price. Stainless Steel Water Jugs
7. Wash Your Hands
If you wash your hands often,
8. Keep Bathrooms Clean
I feel strongly that if we keep our bathrooms clean, hopefully we will all stay well. Our immune systems should stay strong because we have kept the viruses or bacteria to a bare minimum. Of course it helps to eat healthy, but a clean bathroom can’t hurt.
9. Replace Toothbrushes
Please replace your toothbrushes, especially after you have had a cold, flu, or sinus infection. I have used Hydrogen Peroxide on mine as well if the toothbrush is fairly new. There is so much bacteria on those gems. Please be safe, stay well.
10. Wash or Replace Pillows
I love washable pillows because it’s one more way to keep the bacteria or viruses at bay. If you can’t wash yours, you may want to replace them at least once a year.
11. Wash Bedsheets Weekly
I love, love, love, clean sheets. I have a schedule in my home for weekly cleaning. The sheets are washed and changed the same day I clean my bathrooms every week. This is the same day I wash the bath towels and hand towels. This mama is so happy with clean sheets!
12. Drop Club Memberships
Drop the monthly gym cost and start walking. Walking is very beneficial and some of my neighbors are so slender from starting this exercise plan. This paragraph is for me, I need to start walking. Who’s with me?
13. Stock You Pantry
If you stock your pantry you will save so much money by fixing meals at home. If you have the items you need to prepare meals at home, you won’t be tempted to eat out. Stock Your Pantry
14. Cook From Scratch
The more meals you cook at home the more money you will save. Teaching our children and grandkids how to cook from scratch is a skill everyone needs to learn. Let’s stop the drive-through habit and eat at home as a family. Just think of the manners we can teach our offspring. I love it! Cooking From Scratch by Linda
15. Start A Garden
Oh my gosh, I love to garden! Do you? I just planted my seeds indoors and I’m watching for the sprouts! Of course, you can just plant the seeds outside once the last frost has passed. It’s all about saving money in different ways. How To Grow Potatoes or How To Plant Tomatoes
16. Learn To Mend Clothing
I grew up sewing all of my clothes. I’m not sure it always makes sense now with the cost of fabric. Plus, you can buy clothes on clearance for next to nothing if you watch the sales when you need an item or two. It sure is nice having a sewing machine so I can mend clothes instead of tossing them.
17. Have Potluck Dinners With Friends
Mark and I have had some awesome potluck dinners with friends and family. It sure beats going out to dinner and you can chat or visit so much more at home than at a restaurant. Do you have potluck dinners where you live?
18. Write Grateful Notes
Do you miss those thank you cards or grateful/love notes from friends and family? I have one friend that still sends me cute notes because we have been friends for 40+ years and no longer live by each other. I need to be better about sending out grateful notecards to friends and family. Somehow a text or email is just not the same. The only cost to send a note to someone is the cost of card and a stamp. What are your thoughts?
19. Use The 30 Day Plan
Have you tried the 30-day plan? You basically wait for 30 days before you decide to make a big purchase like a car. Of course, if your freezer dies you can’t wait 30 days. Here’s the deal, Mark and I have had only one car since about 2009. We thought about maybe looking at a car. We waited actually 60 days and we both got cold feet. Our goal is to pay cash for our next car. The timing just isn’t right. When the right car shows up, we will buy it. But not today. Take the time to really decide if you need something or not. You’ll be glad you did.
20. Check Out Dollar Stores
I will admit dollar stores are not my favorite store to go visit. For some reason, the ones near us do not have very good cash registers. I am not a patient person when it comes to standing in line to spend money. The checkout time is way too long for me. BUT, I have purchased some great deals there for deep discounts. I have to get there when it opens and shop quickly because I am not a shopper. Nope, nada. In and out is my middle name, so to speak. It’s all about saving money on the things we need.
21. Remove Credit/Debit Card Numbers From Online Merchants
You are less tempted to use your debit card or credit card if you have to fill in the numbers on your purchase online. If you want to save money and the temptation to shop, delete yours cards from online companies.
22. When Cooking Dinner-4 Times The Recipe
If you make one dinner, why not make four dinners? Take the recipe you are fixing for dinner and quadruple the recipe. When I make lasagna, for instance, I make a 9-inch by 13-inch casserole pan. After I bake it, I transfer three meals out of the pan into 6-inch square type freezer containers. I place three dinners in the freezer. It’s the perfect size for two people and all I have to do is reheat it for dinner another day. I do this for pizza, soup, and any casserole I make. Cook once, reheat several meals later. Rubbermaid 6-Cup Containers
23. Try Generic Brands
We can save money by purchasing generic brands. I still have to buy Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup. I feel spoiled or bratty admitting this but it’s the truth. I have tried generic soups and they just don’t work for me. I do buy store brands of so many other items because they are a lot cheaper, typically. Here again, watch for those case lot sales near you. This also works with your meds, in many cases. We paid $9.00 for a generic today at Costco that used to cost over a $100.00 a few years ago. Got to love it!!
24. Stay Out Of The Stores
This one is pretty straightforward. Do not go to the malls, or the grocery stores if you don’t need anything. Once you step into that store, you may feel the need to buy something. Don’t, unless you need something. If you want to save money skip the wants.
25. Cancel Magazine Subscriptions
This one is a no brainer. You can go to the library and read the magazines for free. Sometimes we get lazy and forget to cancel the subscription and now they are debiting your account for another month or year. Follow the direction in the front of the magazine to cancel that subscription. It’s all about saving money.
26. Trade Babysitting With Friends
I’m past the babysitting stage, but I used to trade babysitting during the day to run some errands occasionally. It was a blessing to me to not have to pay someone to watch my girls for 2 hours. If you have a friend or family member you trust to watch your children, it’s awesome.
27. Swap Pet Sitting With Friends
I have watched some family members’ dogs, and even a few friends pets. It saves them money and the dogs are less stressed when they can stay at home. It’s all about saving money.
28. Take Lunch To Work
You would be surprised how fast the daily lunch costs add up when you eat out
29. Downsize-Pay Off Home
Downsize to a smaller home and pay it off as soon as you can.
30. Invest In A Slow Cooker
Do you love knowing dinner is cooking in your slow cooker? No last minute throw it together dinners. It saves money and time.
31. Make Menu Plans
If you write out what you want to fix for dinner for a week and shop the sales to match the savings in the weekly ads, it’s a win-win.
32. Make A List Before Grocery Shopping
If you forget to make a list when you go grocery shopping, watch out for over-spending. Always make a list and stick to it. This way you will get everything you need that week and nothing else.
33. Pay Cash For A Used Car
Pay cash for a car, who needs a car payment, right?
34. Case Lot Sales Rock
Watch for annual case lot sales, and only buy what you will eat. Buy what you like and eat what you buy.
35. Join Your Local Library
You can check out audibles from your local library and even e-books to download. Don’t forget the
36. Buy Discount Cards-2 for 1
I am a big believer in buying the Boy Scouts Starving Student cards. It’s a win-win, the Scout Troop gets a little money and I get coupons to use that are 2 for 1 purchase items. I love it! They last a year and we pay for them in just a few purchases.
37. Check Out Your City’s Calendar
Every city has a calendar and weekly activities that are usually cheap or free. Check online or at your local county building.
38. Watch The Mail For Coupons
I mentioned this a few times, watch for the weekly mailers with coupons. You will save so much money if you clip them out and plan meals.
39. Buy Surge Protectors
Every room in my house has surge protectors. If we have a room we don’t use often and that room has a lamp or clock, it has a switch on
40. Eat More Vegetables-Meatless Meals
Meat is expensive, when money is tight, eat less meat. You’ll be fine and so will your wallet. Grow a garden and harvest your meals.
41. Look For Haircut Coupons
I’m all about coupons. I’m not an extreme coupon lady, I just save coupons for items I need. Mark tends to get his hair cut a little shorter so he can wait a little longer between cuts. He still looks great, yes I’m biased, but he saves money that way.
42. Eat Your Leftovers
You can always freeze your leftovers for another meal. If not, plan a leftover meal night. No
42. Change Your Furnace Filters
You will save repairs on your HVAC equipment and cut down on allergies if you change your air filters often. Plus, you’ll save money because it runs smoother and doesn’t have to work so hard.
43. Buy LED Lightbulbs
Start purchasing LED lights ever so slowly. It took me a year, but I switched out all my lightbulbs. It seemed like it took forever, but now I save about 25% on my electric bill. That’s a lot to me.
44. Declutter Your Home
Declutter your home and sell the excess. Please simplify your life. Sell what you don’t need or want.
45. Stop Spending Money To Entertain Kids
Don’t be tempted to spend a lot of money on kids or grandkids to entertain them. Memories are usually free, spend time, not money on those you love. They’ll remember the time you spent with them over an electronic item that will be trashed in a year.
46. Consider A Reverse Osmosis Water System
You may want to look at a Reverse Osmosis Water System. It purifies your water. The initial cost is about $500.00 and they come clean it once a year for $122.00. I have had mine for 11 years and just this year had to replace it. It’s a lot cheaper than bottled water. Yes, I know it removes the minerals, but it removes lead and many other poisons that have made people in Utah have to leave their home to get bottled water because their water was tainted. Just something to think about.
47. Have A Staycation
Instead of leaving your home for a vacation, stay home. Unplug your phones for week. It will be the best vacay you ever had. And cheaper.
48. Rent Out Your Basement or Room
If you need extra money, think about renting out a room, if your local laws allow it. If you have a basement, you can rent it out and pay off your house if you work it right. Just be cautious who you rent to.
49. Use Airbnb For Your Next Vacay
If you are thinking about traveling you may want to check out some Airbnb’s. You choose the location, how many bedrooms, and bathrooms. Look for the price that fits your budget. It’s typically half price compared to hotels or motels.
50. Compare Insurance Costs
When in doubt scan insurance coverage to another insurance company or two to see if you can save money. When in doubt, shop around for the exact coverage and deductibles.
51. Get Rid Of One Car
If you have a lot of kids one car will probably not work. I realize there are lessons and sports. Make a five or
52. Use Public Transportation
I love using Uber every once in a while, it sure beats the expense of another car. Check out the bus routes and schedules close to your home and work. Salt Lake City has a Lite Rail System that saves riders lots of money and is good for the environment. They also have a commuter train that runs about 80 miles for those who don’t want to move when changing jobs to a new location. Also, consider
53. Make A Budget
Please make a budget and stick to it. Here are some tips that may help. How To Cut When You Think You Can’t by Linda
54. Dehydrate Food
Have you thought about dehydrating your excess food in a dehydrator and eating it later as snacks or in soups? Less stuff in the freezer.
55. Buy A More Economical Car
When in doubt, downsize your car to a more economical one and save money on fuel expenses.
I hope you get excited to try my 55 ways to save money right away! There is something so awesome when you cut your expenses a little at a time and have zero debt. Let’s be prepared for the unexpected one penny at a time. Thank you for prepping, you’ll be glad you are. May God bless this world.