I often hear people say that they just “can’t save money because it’s too hard” or they are “barely surviving so how can they save?”. What most people don’t realize is that saving money is not as hard as we make it out to be. Yes, in some cases, it may mean changing a habit (or three!), but that’s when you’ll really need to decide whether saving money is truly important to you or not.
Today we are looking at simple ways to save money in your regular day to day activities that will yield $20.00. Keep in mind that this would be $20.00 total for the day, not $20 each action. Why $20? It’s a nice round number and easy enough so that anyone can do it. Some of these ideas will yield savings on a daily basis and others will allow you save once or twice.
Simple Ways To Save $20 Today
Pack your child’s school lunch
Most schools charge around $2.25 for lunch. You can pack a school lunch for around .40¢ per day if you’re careful. If you need some great lunch ideas check out this round-up of 25 Easy School Lunch Ideas!
Total Savings: $1.85
Do you own a coffee maker? I’ve yet to see an American household that didn’t. Skip Starbucks at $5.00/cup and make your morning java at home. If you use a *Keurig to brew by the cup, you’ll find that you’re paying an average of .65¢ per cup unless you scored a hot k-cup deal.
Total Savings: $6.20
Air up the tires on your car
Did you know that a car with tires that are not properly inflated use around 11% more gas than those that are properly inflated? That means that for a $40.00 fill up, you’ll save $4.40 just by making sure that the air pressure is correct.
Total Savings: $10.60
Clean with vinegar and baking soda
There is very little that white vinegar and a box of baking soda can’t clean, not to mention that they’re a lot healthier for your family than mainstream cleaning supplies. Make the switch to vinegar and baking soda and you’ll be sparkly clean for a lot less too. A 24 oz bottle of Windex at Walmart will cost you around $2.84. A gallon of vinegar and box of baking soda will run you around $2.50 total. Total savings: (for the same ounces): $5.05 (based on the Windex price above at 64oz to match the gallon of vinegar)
Total Savings: $15.65
Drink water from a reusable water bottle
At $1.50 or more per bottle, drinking (3) 20oz bottles of water per day can get really expensive, really quickly. Instead, use a reusable water bottle or pitcher and watch the savings add up. If you don’t own one, *Brita makes really inexpensive filtered water bottles and pitchers that you can purchase. Yes, you may be spending money to begin with, but in the long run you’ll save much more than what you invested.
Total Savings For All Actions In One Day: $20.15
See? That was incredible easy! Just a couple minor tweaks and you’re off and running on your savings track! Imagine if you did this with other things you spend money on. The savings potential are endless!
What else would you add to this list? Please comment and share below, I’d love to hear from you!
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