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50 Simple Ways to Save $5

Monday, February 18, 2013

50 Simple Ways to Save $5

You'll want to click on the above link in order to get the other info (on no spend months, & savings), but also most importantly, to have access to the embedded links in the list of 50 things.

Here's the list without the embedded links:
•Turn down the thermostat by two or three degrees.
•Change your air filters once a month in the summer and winter.
•Turn off lights when you leave the room.
•Lower the hot water heater setting by five degrees.
•Use a drying rack to dry clothes instead of the dryer.
•Use less detergent in your dishwasher and washer (experiment to see how much you need to get things clean)
•Stop renting movies (OnDemand or RedBox) and check them out from the library.
•Check out your next book from the library instead of buying it.
•Take advantage of Amazon’s free books on Kindle. You don’t need a kindle to read them.
•Make a menu plan and stick to it.
•Shop once a week for groceries. (Avoid going to the store for single item trips)
•Avoid spending traps at the grocery store.
•Bring your own reusable grocery bags to the store.
•Use coupons.
•Eat your leftovers.
•Pack your lunch and your kid’s lunch for work and school.
•Eat two meatless meals a week.
•Eat more beans. (They’re good for you and cheap!)
•Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables to save on produce.
•Eat at home for Valentine’s Day.
•Combine trips and avoid running errands unless it is necessary.
•Use up all those old gift cards with small balances on them when you have to go out.
•Sell your gift cards.
•Sell items you don’t need on Craig’s List or eBay.
•Buy items you need on Craig’s List of eBay.
•Use services like ThreadUp or Wittlebee to purchase your children’s clothes.
•When shopping online use sites like or Ebates for additional discounts.
•Swap babysitting with another family for a night out.
•Stop eating out.
•Use a Groupon, gift certificate, or a coupon when dining out.
•Stop drinking soda.
•Cut out or reduce alcohol consumption.
•Send an email instead of a letter. (I know, I know…)
•Pay bills online.
•Start a savings account and set up automatic deposits. Ally Bank and FNBO Direct are two of the highest rated according to an article on Get Rich Slowly.
•Take the minimalist mom challenge.
•Budget with cash this month and stop using your debit or credit card.
•Take advantage of free activities in your area.
•Exercise for fun instead of going out and spending money. (Bike rides, walks, trips to the park, etc)
•Plant a garden to save on produce. (You probably won’t see savings until later in the year)
•Make your own compost bin and compost to save on sewage/ garbage.
•Plant periennal plants instead of annuals that don’t need to be replanted each year.
•Use cash for purchases.
•Ask the credit card company for a lower interest rate on balances.
•Cancel phone bill extras like unlimited data or texting.
•Cancel the phone and get Magic Jack or use your cell.
•Ditch the expensive cell phone plan and go with a flat rate monthly plan. (Straight Talk has one for $45)
•Search online using Swagbucks to earn gift cards.
•Stop buying wrapping paper and wrap with recycled paper to save on wrapping paper.
•Save on printer ink by purchasing it online and using recycled cartridges.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MORTICIAADDAMS 2/20/2013 11:59AM

    Really good ones. I do most of them.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 2/19/2013 1:47PM

  I use a lot of those, and been for sometime. Wish I knew more about Magic Jack, is it cheaper than a pay as you go cell phones? (I use a Tracphone for long distance and only pay 100 dollars a year for those calls. More if I call friends but theyc all me on my landline. I cant get rid of my landline, its needed for my hubbys pacemaker . Dont you need to pay for the Magic jack and dont you need a good computer for it or can you sue it in a laptop too? Need info on that! Thanks for all the advice. Great going! susana emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MJ7DM33 2/19/2013 10:07AM


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LADYBUG1107 2/19/2013 5:07AM

    Great ideas. Thanks.

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HEALTHYONE2008 2/18/2013 9:22PM

    Great ideas, thanks for sharing

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/18/2013 8:38PM

    Lots of good ideas.

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NELLIEC 2/18/2013 4:55PM

    I will have to mention some of these to my daughter - particularly the one about turning down the water heater.

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