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Do you know how to save your money? It’s not hard if you know what to do!

I didn’t understand the importance of saving money when I was younger. All the talk about investments, savings, deductibles, or interest seemed like old people’s topics.

I wanted to have fun and live for the moment!

That is until I married an accountant. Boy, was I in for a big shock! But after a while, I learned his tricks.

And I became a believer.

I realized that some of the things we did weren’t that bad after all. In fact, it became a game to see how much I could reduce the price of something.

Here are 115+ clever ways to save your money each month and make it grow. I have listed ways for you to save your money in multiple categories for easy reference.

You will be shocked at how much you can multiply your money if you plan ahead and do a few things yourself.

How to Save Your Money on Food

Check out these clever ways to save money on a tight budget. These tips really aren’t that painful if you are willing to make a few tweaks here and there.

  1. Stop buying coffee/drinks when you go to work in the morning. Make it at home.
  2. Stick to your grocery list when buying groceries.
  3. Don’t go to the grocery store when you are hungry or stressed.
  4. Eat up what you already have in the fridge, freezer, and pantry before you go spend more.
  5. Shop at the least expensive grocery store around you. Avoid specialty food stores.
  6. Buy as many foods offered around the exterior of the store. The interior isles tend to carry processed foods that are empty calories.
  7. Use apps with rebates, coupons, rewards, or cut paper coupons.
  8. Plan your meals for the week using the grocery flyer.
  9. Avoid fast food eating. (It’s also healthier.)
  10. Buy generic when possible.
  11. Take your lunch to work.
  12. Don’t order anything but water to drink when you go out to eat.
  13. Eat out once a week and use coupons.
  14. Plan your date night with a budget in mind. Have a picnic, watch the dollar movie, or walk around a pretty area. Talk!
  15. Make food gifts instead of buying gifts.

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How to Save Your Money on Clothes

This is how to save your money on clothes, shoes, and accessories. These tips can help you to save thousands of dollars over the years.

  1. Shop at thrift stores like Goodwill or Salvation Army for clothes and toys. (Find thrift shops near wealthy areas as they are the recipients of their cast-offs.)
  2. Shop at discount stores such as Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, Kohls, etc.
  3. Buy and sell at resale shops.
  4. Garage sale for kids’ toys and clothes.
  5. Swap clothes and toys with friends and family.
  6. Instead of buying new things for each child, pass clothes, shoes, toys, and room decor down to younger kids.
  7. Repair items instead of buying new ones.
  8. Check out Macy’s. They have great coupons, sales, and rewards.

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How to Save Your Money on Banking

Saving money is an essential skill that can provide financial security and help you achieve your goals. Here are some banking tips to help you save money effectively.

  1. Don’t use ATMs or check cashing places that charge a fee.
  2. Use banks that don’t charge a banking fee or require a minimum balance in the account, or change banks if they do.
  3. Start a savings account. Auto-draft a set amount every month. Take it out first thing.
  4. Cut up your credit cards if you can’t pay them off monthly.
  5. Get a credit card that earns frequent flyer miles, cashback, free things,  hotel stays, etc.
  6. Look for hidden fees with any bank or money management services
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How to Save Your Money on Services

If you are willing to learn how to do some things yourself, you can save a lot of money. Treat yourself to a service instead of making it the usual way you do things.

  1. Trade labor instead of cash for services.
  2. Swap babysitting with neighbors or create a babysitting club.
  3. Need extra help? Hire a mama’s helper who is about ten to 12 years old.
  4. Cancel memberships and subscriptions you don’t use. Shop around for the best value on the ones you do keep.
  5. If you don’t have time to do it yourself, pay your child or a neighborhood kid to mow your lawn or do yard work.
  6. Clean your own home. (Do a little bit every day.)
  7. Learn to cut your kids or spouse’s hair.
  8. Get at least 3 bids when you are outsourcing a job.

How to Save Your Money in the Home

Check out these great ways on how to save your money at home. These tips will help you keep the extra cash so you can do something fun with it!

  1. Set heat and air to the highest and lowest you can comfortably live with.
  2. Use fans instead of the AC.
  3. Fix up old furniture with new paint.
  4. Check out DIY videos on YouTube for small repairs.
  5. Buy appliances that are a bit damaged (dent or ding) and ask for a big discount.
  6. Paint your house or rooms instead of using a painter.
  7. Fix up your house instead of buying it new or remodeled.
  8. Take care of your own lawn, landscaping, and pool.
  9. Use For Sale By Owner, Craigslist, Nextdoor App, or Facebook when selling your house.
  10. Once a year, shop around for the best electricity rate and insurance rates on your cars and house. Many times, you can negotiate your bills.
  11. Review entertainment/internet/ phone costs. Cut cable/satellite and stream one or two services. Shop for internet and phone deals.
  12. Cut the landline and use cell phones only.
  13. Buy a used cell phone outright instead of purchasing a new one with a payment plan from the cell phone company.
  14. Shop at Homegoods, Ross, TJ Maxx, etc., for home decor.

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How to Save Your Money on Travel

Here are some realistic ways to save money and have a good vacation time.

  1. Travel off-season when kids are little. Disney is cheaper, for sure.
  2. Use a discount site when booking hotels, cars, and even cruises.
  3. Airbnb is great for getting a bigger space for about the same price as a hotel. Get a kitchen to save on food.
  4. Ask the hotel or homeowner for a discount on your stay. Use their rewards program.
  5. Don’t go into debt to go on vacation.
  6. Instead of traveling, do a staycation. Find stuff to do around your area.
  7. Trade homes for a week with another person in a desired location.
  8. Ask for an upgrade. Many places will do whatever they can to make you happy if something goes wrong.

How to Save Your Money on Cars

Here are some realistic ways to save money on your car. These tips will help you squeeze out a few extra dollars that can be used for something else.

  1. Buy fuel-efficient cars.
  2. Buy the least expensive gas that your car will take.
  3. Wash your car, change your oil, and do any other maintenance.
  4. Go to one car, Uber, use mass transit, or find a carpool.
  5. Map out your errands and only drive when you can do them together.
  6. Use a gas app to show the best places to fill up.
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How to Save Your Money on Pets

If you want to save money on pets, here are a few easy tips to get you started.

  1. Groom your pets.
  2. Use pet mobile services for vaccines instead of a brick-and-mortar vet. (Many large cities have mobile vets.)
  3. Buy flea and heartworm meds online. It’s much cheaper.

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How to Save Your Money Each Month on Health*

If you are wondering how to save $1000 fast, this is how. Medical expenses will eat you alive if you are not proactive. Check out these clever ways to save money and enjoy good health at the same time.

  1. Practice good health habits to avoid excessive doctor trips. (Exercise and eat healthy.)
  2. Buy contacts online instead of through the eye doctor.
  3. Use the CVS Minute Clinic nurse instead of going to the doctor for minor issues.
  4. You can get immunizations or shots at Sam’s Wholesale, CVS Minute Clinic, or another walk-in clinic outside the doctor’s office.
  5. Use a health-sharing plan instead of a traditional healthcare plan. You will save THOUSANDS. (Medishare, Samaritan’s Purse, etc.)
  6. Order your prescriptions through a Canadian pharmacy.
  7. If an option is available, have day surgery in a surgery center outside the hospital.
  8. Do your research on health issues. I no longer have Crohn’s disease after following the SCD diet.
  9. Stop smoking.
  10. Cut down or stop drinking.

*check with your doctor before you do any of these health suggestions

How to Save Your Money on Sports/Band

These tips will keep you from spending a fortune on your kids’ activities. You can still have fun but do it wisely.

  1. Be very careful about the amount of money you spend on club sports. It will suck you dry with little return.
  2. Buy used workout equipment and create a home gym.
  3. Private lessons are expensive. Pay or barter with a friend who knows how to play a sport or musical instrument.
  4. Buy used sports equipment for your kids. Buy online or go to a resale sports shop. Upgrade only if they stick with the sport for a long time. Use it as a reward.
  5. Sell unused sports equipment at a resale shop or online.
  6. Buy a used musical instrument. You can use Amazon, the Next Door App, Craigslist, etc. Upgrade if your child has played it for more than a year or two.

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How to Save Your Money on Beauty Products

  1. Use grocery store products instead of department store products when at all possible.
  2. Buy bar soap instead of a body wash.
  3. Buy large bottles of shampoo and conditioner instead of the smaller ones.
  4. Ask your hairstylist if she can buy hair products, a curling iron, or a hairdryer for you cheaper.
  5. Color or do root touch-ups at home.
  6. Do your own manicure/pedicure.
  7. Make your own body scrubs.

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Buying Habits Guide

Here are some simple buying habits to remember when purchasing something. These tips will keep you from making some big mistakes.

  1. Check FB, Neighborhood App, and Craigslist for free or for used items.
  2. Trade out books, toys, and clothes with family and/or friends
  3. Wait for sales when buying big items. Price compare.
  4. Return things you should not have bought if they are still returnable.
  5. Put your money in an envelope. When it is gone, there is no more.
  6. Save receipts so you can return things that break or have poor quality.
  7. Record your spending so you know where your money is going. Make adjustments.
  8. Choose the top 3 stores you love and sign up for their email list. Use every reward, coupon offer, sale, and promotion available.
  9. Don’t buy anything that will draw interest on your credit card. This will multiply the cost of your product exponentially.
  10. Avoid impulse buying. Wait 30 days before you make a big purchase. (This is what is called the “30-day rule.”)
  11. It is better to buy quality over cheap if you keep the item for a long time.
  12. Pray for favor when buying. Ask God to provide what you need.
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How to Save a Ton of Money Every Month

  1. Stop collecting stuff, and start selling unused things on Craigslist, Amazon, Facebook, Neighborhood App., or garage sale.
  2. Donate items you can’t sell. Itemize each item for a tax deduction.
  3. Get rid of any storage units you have. Sell or donate the stuff. You probably won’t use it later if you aren’t using it now.
  4. Change your mindset. Learn contentment and live below your means.
  5. Practice delayed gratification. Don’t buy it if you don’t have the money.
  6. Tithe 10% off the gross. When you give generously, you will be surprised at how God multiplies your money.
  7. Run the numbers before your spouse works outside the home. Many jobs don’t pay enough for daycare, meals out, sickness, wardrobe, car costs, etc.
  8. Pay down debt!
  9. Never use a delivery service. Get it yourself.
  10. Don’t dip into your savings account unless there is a huge emergency.
  11. Make a budget you and your spouse can live by. Stick to it.
  12. Don’t ignore small savings. It adds up!

Remember, saving money is a gradual process. Start small and gradually increase your savings as your financial situation improves. It’s about building good habits that will serve you well in the long run.

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14 Comments

  1. This advice was practical and well formatted so it was easy to follow. LOTS of useful info – thank you for your summation!

    • Hannah, I am glad these tips were easy for you to understand. It is not easy saving money when there is so much pulling at us just to live. Especially if you have kids. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Some great tips here – thanks for sharing. I confess that sticking to my grocery list can be a challenge – even when I don’t go hungry. I remember things that I forgot to put on the list when I see them in the store. But, I always put an estimate on what items will cost and if I can save enough then I add the other items to my list.

    • Kathryn, that is a great tip to help save money. I do that too. I forget what I need until I am there. I actually like browsing. It’s kinda fun to get out of the house. I have to be disciplined no to go crazy when I go off-list! Thanks for your comment.

  3. So many great ideas in one list! We cut the cable cord a few years ago and I’ve never missed it. We actually watch better tv now with all the apps than we did when we had a zillion channels and the savings is significant.

    • Amy, that is such a good way to save money. Cutting the cable is not too bad with all the other ways available to get programming.

  4. I have trouble finding coupons for in-store purchases but I always do a quick Google for a coupon when I buy online. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to find a code that works but the savings really do add up!

    • I have trouble sometimes too. I like Wikibuy. It works pretty well for online shopping. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Such a handy guide to save our money. You have done a great research on this. A must read for all the moms!

  6. Great list! There are little things that we can do every day that most of us just don’t think of! Going to have to keep this pinned so that I remember!

    • Sabrina, yes, it takes a little thought, but you can save money on all sorts of things with a few habit changes.

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