I'm always on the hunt to save money. I am having to use more than my usual $20 of gas per month living here. Because I am farther from things. So I try to make up for that somewhere else.
If you have skills you could trade out in barter, no cash has to change hands. Maybe you have a friend or neighbor who could trim your trees for you. In exchange you could cook some casseroles for him or clean his house. Maybe bake a pie.
2. Eat your biggest meal at lunchtime. If you eat out at lunchtime, have them bring a take-out container when they bring your food so you can put half of it in there for another lunch before you even start eating.
Lunches at restaurants are typically cheaper than at the dinner hour after 5 p.m.
Try to steer away from the appetizers and desserts unless it's a special occasion.
3. Make sure your tires are carrying the appropriate amount of air. You get better gas mileage.
Get the oil changed when you're supposed to and don't put it off. It is the single best thing you can do for your car to keep it running a long time.
4. Buy what you need, and only occasionally splurge on something. Now that I live in 725 square feet, I have to really think before buying anything. Because I no longer have a garage and there simply isn't any more room to store things I'm not using.
A splurge for me is the occasional decorating or gardening magazine. Otherwise I have Pinterest for inspiration 24/7. And it's free.
If you buy a magazine and have a friend who likes the same magazines, trade after you've read it. Same with books. Read them and pass them on.
5. Use coupons judiciously. Sometimes you are tempted to buy something because you have a coupon. But will you really use it? If it's an iffy purchase, resist buying it just to get money off the regular price.
They aren't typically going to have coupons for store brands. But I buy mostly store brands. With just me to buy food for, it's probably cheaper in the long run.
I'm probably not telling you anything you didn't already know. Sometimes it's just good to be reminded.
See you this afternoon for Tweak It.