Easy Ways to Save Money

We are totally not crafty people, but we are fairly proud of being thrifty people. Today, I thought I’d share a few ways you can save money every month!

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Shop Wisely

Each week, my family spends about two hours getting ready for our grocery shopping trip. We make our list according to what we can get on sale and try to combine sales with coupons. This saves us between $120 and $150 each month. We also buy certain items in bulk. We just recently started buying meat in bulk from a local butcher shop. Not only do we save money, but we also get to support a local business while enjoying high quality meat!

Get Rid of Cable or Satellite Services

We started by just downgrading our satellite services, but once our daughter was born, we needed the $80 a month we were still paying to put towards other things, so we cut it out all together. We have a Roku, Netflix, Amazon Prime (it comes with lots of movies and TV shows), Disney Plus and a huge collection of DVDs. We do not even miss having a large bill for our TV entertainment.

Limit Take out and Dining Out

We rarely eat out. Even if we are going away for the day, we will try to take a lunch with us or plan our day around meal times. Mr.Not So Crafty also packs a lunch each day at work, which saves at least $40 a week since he usually works 6 days.

Buy Second Hand Items

We buy so many things used. We get a lot of clothing second hand, as well as some household items. As a bonus, there are many thrift clothing stores that will offer to buy your gently used clothing or items and then you can get something else you need.

Keep An Eye On Your Utilities

This is the tip that is the hardest for me to implement in my own house! We have energy saving lightbulbs and we keep our furnace lower during the day during colder months. We also unplug small appliances when we are not using them.

We would love to hear from you! Do you have a favorite money saving tip? Please share it below!

11 responses to “Easy Ways to Save Money”

  1. These are great ways to save money… we definitely try to limit our eating out/takeouts – as well as saving money, it’s also better for you!

  2. We do a lot of these already and they help so much. The only reason we didn’t completely cancel cable is because it was cheaper to keep it bundled with the internet.

  3. This coming year I am determined to save more and your post will be saved. I need to use coupons which I always forget to do. It’s going to be hard to stop eating out, but I am working on it.

  4. We’ve never had cable or satellite. It’s never been worth the cost. I definitely struggle with the eating out but it’s a work in progress.

  5. I definitely need to downgrade our ridiculously expensive cable plan. Putting aside funds in different ways both traditional and nontraditional work too.

  6. Lol I want to be a crafty mom so bad! But truth is I get lazier and lazier year after year! More and more store bought lol… o well

    1. There are no crafty parents in our home! Our blog is all about how we embrace being not crafty.

  7. Needed to read this! Useful tips for me for sure, as I want to save more this coming year. I don’t even have Netflix right now because I don’t have the time to watch any series so why should I pay it?

  8. These are all great tips! I try to limit going out to eat to <1x/week (these days, it's mainly just to support small local businesses) and buy secondhand whenever I can! :]

  9. Love these ideas! Bringing lunch to work is a HUGE money saver for my husband and I. As fun as eating out is, it really saves us big time pack our lunch.

  10. Nice guide and ideas as it’s really important to have a savings and able to save money properly.

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