50 Easy Ways To Save Money

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The most popular post on my blog is this one –> How To Be Rich In Your Twenties.

It seems it’s a pretty valid topic, given that us millennials need all the help we can get in this department. We’re always trying to find ways to save money.

Between student loans and a ridiculously inflated housing market, if we want to be able to survive on our own, we need to save money.

I repeat: We need to save A LOT of money.

So here are some of my favorite ways to save that don’t take a whole lot of effort.

Because just a few simple lifestyle changes can put a whole bunch of money back in your wallet.

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  1. Always shop the sales! Or get paid to shop with websites like Ebates! (Get a $10 bonus when you use my link)
  2. Save money on groceries with Checkout 51 and Ibotta (Get a $10 welcome bonus for Ibotta if you use my link)
  3. Pack your lunch
  4. Do your own nails (FYI, you can even get your own a gel UV light)
  5. When traveling, use Air Bnb (Get a $40 travel credit when you use my link)
  6. Shop at thrift stores
  7. Use your points on your credit cards
  8. Stick to water (take your water bottle with you everywhere)
  9. Cut cable, stick to Hulu
  10. Find a whole bunch of free/cheap date ideas
  11. DIY gifts instead of fancy expensive ones
  12. Save your loose change
  13. Don’t subscribe to e-mails from stores (avoid temptation!)
  14. Stay on track using the envelope method or any other savings method that works for you
  15. Don’t do groceries when you’re hungry
  16. Invite your friends over for game night instead of going out
  17. Buy your books on half.com or better yet – go to the library
  18. Sell your used books on half.com (this is how I made some extra money in college)
  19. Have one no-spend day per week (don’t buy anything. nothing. nada.)
  20. Let your hair go au-natural – coloring your hair is expensive!
  21. Renegotiate your bills whenever possible
  22. Enroll in an automatic savings plan
  23. Share meals when you’re at a restaurant
  24. Take advantage of happy hour
  25. Buy a coffee machine
  26. Set-up an at-home gym
  27. Buy generic
  28. Don’t leave your lights on
  29. Do NOT go to the mall when you’re in a bad mood
  30. Cancel any memberships you’re not using
  31. Don’t save any credit card info on your phone or online
  32. Buy in bulk whenever it makes sense
  33. Do DIY home improvement stuff  (Youtube can teach you almost anything)
  34. Meet your friends for coffee instead of dinner and drinks
  35. Buy seasonal decor right after the season ends
  36. Use your crockpot and make big meals that you can save for later
  37. Have a smart thermostat
  38. Use your dishwasher
  39. Rearrange your closet (You’ll find clothes you haven’t worn in months and it’ll feel brand new)
  40. Carpool with your friends
  41. Don’t spend your $5 bills
  42. Cut those coupons! Every penny helps!
  43. Shop at the Dollar Store
  44. Finish eating all the food in your pantry before buying more food
  45. Always pay your credit cards on time – aka, no interest payments
  46. Switch to a bank with lower/no fees
  47. If you’re a student, learn about any student discounts available to you and use them
  48. Make DIY cleaning supplies
  49. Find a good meal plan and stick to it
  50. Eat less meat, make a salad instead (Cuz ya know, meat is expensive!)

What do you think?! Think a few of these are doable? How else do you save money? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. kayleigh

    February 12, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I love AirBnb, a lot of times you can get major discounts for staying a week or month. I recently moved to Germany and its half the cost of what I payed for my tiny apartment in NC

  2. Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

    February 14, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I would love to cut my cable. Sadly though my husband doesn’t fell comfortable giving it up but it would be such a money saver if we did!

  3. Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    February 14, 2017 at 10:59 am

    All PERFECT ideas. Sharing this on Twitter – it’s quite the list!

    Coming Up Roses

  4. J

    March 10, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    religiously doing half of the list! (because the other half isnt applicable for me cause im not form the US or bc our culture isnt into it (memberships, dishwashers (we wash by hands). My fave is numbers 1,2, 5, 12, 13, 23 and 15 when I was still a student and library is an easy access. Borrowing books from the library now is a bit of hardwork bc only few public libraries are available in our area and I might end up paying penalties for books not returned on time. lol. As of no. 22 I manually do it. It all takes super discipline. lol. Also, credit cards isnt really a staple card in our country. I’ll follow the tip whenever I have one. I haven’t traveled yet but I’m always interested for airbnb.

    Thanks for this Kayla. As always, your blog rocks! 😀

  5. Janeen

    March 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    These are all great! We’ve done so many of these (or should I say do?) in our quest to pay off our mortgage. I need to work on really conquering #44. Without it I end up with so much waste!

  6. Gabby

    August 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    This is a great list! I am sharing on my Facebook page. Thank you for sharing it.

  7. Redis Pellumbi

    September 15, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Great article ? Cutting down on household bills is for sure helpful. I know it helped me when working to get my finances under control. Another thing that helped me is selling stuff that was just sitting around on Ebay. Always brings in some spare cash ? Thanks for this article!

  8. Melinda Devoe

    November 19, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money. –Anonymous

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