7 Small Ways to Save Money

I’m the mom of a family of five + a cat + a daycare {they gotta eat, too!}. And if you’re a mom {or have listened to one of us rant before}, you already know that means wearing many hats. One of which is accountant, or something like that. Raise your hand if finances have ever stressed you out? If your hand isn’t raised, either stop lying or get off this blog because it ain’t the place for ya.

This isn’t going to be a lesson in credit cards or spending within your means. While I could lecture on that, I won’t. I will, however, give ya a few corners I’ve learned to cut in my day-to-day life in order to save a little moo-lah here and there.

  • Ditch the Dish Network {or whatever you have} and stream your TV {via Amazon Fire TV Stick or Roku, for example}. I subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. YouTube is there for free and the kids use it more than anything. If you’re a sports fan, there are options for that, too, so don’t freak out. Stop paying a zillion dollars a month for 85 jewelry channels and reruns of Teen Mom. Chances are you already have an internet bill because {hello crazy data plans *eye roll*} so put it to use!                                                                    Image result for netflix meme
  • Eat the leftovers. I’ve learned that Waylon isn’t big on digging through the fridge and reheating last night’s dinner. But if I refrigerate it in a container that’s like a little platter with a lid then shove it in his face, he won’t complain. Much. I, on the other hand, will literally stand over my sink with cold pasta and eat straight from the pot.    
  • Sell the crap you don’t use. I do my share of donating but if I can make some extra cash by bagging up kids’ clothes, I’m all over it. Twice a year to be exact. Yes it takes some time. Yes it takes a bit of organization. And yes it probably annoys some Facebook friends when you’re constantly trying to pawn off your stuff.                                                                                             But money is money and I don’t know about you…but I like money.
  • When you see those bills slowly increasing each month {I’m talking to you, trash and internet peeps} call and complain. I did not say call and act a fool. Respect and common courtesy, folks. Ask the company why your bill keeps increasing. Ask if there are any changes you or the company can make to get it lower. Almost every time I do this, the company works with me, even if it’s $10. Ten bucks is ten bucks and we’ve established that I love to save a buck. This applies to insurance as well. They’ll get ya. Shop around occasionally. You won’t be disappointed.  
  • Plan your meals for the week, or for however far in advance you buy groceries. The less trips to the store you make, the less money you spend. Plus, you can stretch meals. Chili on Wednesday…Chili dog wraps on Thursday. The less food you waste, the more money ya save. I’ve never done it, but I hear freezing up meals is a big money saver, too.
  • When you eat out, order water. I know, a few bucks for a drink doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. But if you eat out once a week, that adds up over the course of a month {which is the way my brain is wired}. Especially if you take kids, who I also usually make drink water. Plus water is better for you. It’s a win/win.

    Totally irrelevant but it’s Ryan Gosling.
  • Take advantage of stores’ rewards programs. I mean, they all have them these days. And they all harass you at check-out about it. Take the time to do it. Free money, that’s the way I see it.  If you use the Target REDcard, it’s a 5% discount and is linked directly to your checking account. This is not credit card. I don’t know why they do it or how they benefit, I’m just glad they do.

Drop some comments on the ways you save a dollar because I’m always looking for new ways to stash some cash…especially since my BFF opened an online boutique and I need {want} it all. As my dad says, “When you shop, you’re contributing to the economy.” Just doing my part, people. If my dad said it, then it must be true.


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