I used to be someone who loved spending money.
Until I learned how to save it.
That’s why I decided to put together a list of my personal favorite (and let’s be honest, easiest) ways to save money every month.
Because who doesn’t like some extra cash in their pocket?!
After implementing all of these new ways to save money, I was able to build over $6,000 in savings last year!
Whether you need to pay off credit card debt, make more student loan payments or just generally improve your personal finance habits, these money-saving tips will seriously change your life.
15 Ways to Save Money Each Month… Over $6,000 This Year!
Start a Side Hustle
Okay. I know this technically isn’t a way to save money. But, starting a side hustle will allow you to make some extra cash every month and give you the chance to pursue your passions.
Take blogging for example.
Starting a blog is a really fun way to unleash your creativity, make new connections and save money every month.
Besides being one of my biggest passions, this blog earns me extra money and helps me travel full-time. In fact, I made over $700 in my second month of blogging.
If you are thinking about starting your own blog, check out this tutorial I created that will help you start a profitable blog with cheap blog hosting. Seriously, it’s only $3.99 per month – less than the price of a drink at Starbucks. And you also get a FREE domain!
How awesome is that?
When was the last time you went to the gym?
Do you need that membership?
Write down all of the places that you’re currently paying membership fees and eliminate the ones you haven’t used in the past month.
Use More Coupons
If you have the patience for extreme couponing, kudos.
But if you’re anything like me and find the process of couponing more of a hassle than it’s worth, I have news for you.
It can actually be really easy to find coupons!
Check your local flyers, sign up for deal-alert websites and take advantage of sign-up bonuses.
To get you started, here are two coupons you can use right now:
Stop Going Out to Eat
I eat out waaay too often.
Actually, let me rephrase: I used to eat out way too often.
Once I started tracking how much money I spend every month, I realized that my eating habits had to change. Fast.
So, I stopped going out to eat and started eating at home instead. This alone literally saved me almost $200 every month.
Even by going out to eat ONE less time each month, you could save hundreds of dollars at the end of the year!
Start Meal Planning
If you decide to start eating at home more often, you need to learn about meal planning.
This has been a lifesaver for me.
Not only does meal planning help me save money, but it also helps me eat healthier, produce less waste and saves me time.
I highly recommend trying out a weekly meal planning service like $5 Meal Plan.
For $5 a month, they will send delicious meal plans and cheap shopping lists directly to your email. Each meal costs around $2 per person or less! Seriously, it takes all the hard work out of meal planning.
Sign up for $5 Meal Plan here and get two weeks of meal planning for free!
Stop Drinking + Smoking
The average drinker spends over $1,200 a year on beer alone.
And the average smoker spends over $2,000 a year on cigarettes!
Drinking and smoking are extremely expensive habits that are doing you more harm than good. If you’re looking for ways to save money – it might be a good idea to start here.
Visit the Library
When was the last time you visited the library?
Because I was just there yesterday.
The library is full of free resources and honestly, I’m there twice a week minimum.
You can rent books, ebooks, audiobooks, DVDs and video games for free. And depending on your city, the library might even have free printing services, classes and clubs.
If you’re the type of person that buys a lot of books, movies and music – then you should visit your local library!
Use Ebates When Shopping Online
Ebates is one of my favourite ways to save money. Plus, it’s free!
You can use Ebates to earn cash back for shopping online like you normally would. It will automatically apply a cash back percentage on websites like Amazon, Sephora and Walmart. Honestly, it can be used almost anywhere. And you can redeem your cash back straight to your Paypal account.
Sign up for Ebates through my link and you can receive a $10 bonus just for signing up!
Rent Out Your Spare Room
If you have an unused or spare room in your house, you are missing an opportunity to make and save money.
By renting out your spare room, you can save money on utilities by splitting the cost with your new tenant.
Or, list a room on Airbnb and just enjoy some extra cash in your pocket each month. And you can rest assured knowing that the type of people using Airbnb are mostly friendly travellers looking for a local experience.
I wrote an entire post about how I live full-time in Airbnb apartments, so if you want to learn more about the site, give that a read!
I’m the last person who is going to tell you to stop travelling altogether.
Instead, I’m going to encourage you to travel cheaper. Rather than booking flights or hotels at the first price you see, do some research!
Sign up for price alerts on Google Flights to get notified when prices drop. Become a Genius member on Booking.com and get discounts on hotel stays.
But my biggest travel tip is to sign up for TrustedHousesitters.
It costs $8.25 per month and in exchange, you can travel the world for FREE.
Right now, thousands of people around the world are looking for pet and house sitters. By signing up for TrustedHousesitters, you have the opportunity to stay in these homes for free. Whether you’re interested in a weekend getaway or a few months of accommodation – this site has it all. Join TrustedHousesitters and start planning your next free trip.
Use Public Transportation
Taking public transportation has the potential to save you a lot of money every month! Start taking the bus or using a city bike share service if you have one accessible.
Not only is this better for the environment, but it will also save you on gas and maintenance charges.
Plan Out Your Gas Stops
I learned this one from my boyfriend and honestly, it’s saved us a lot of money over the years!
The next time you need to stop for gas, check a website like GasBuddy.com to find out which gas station in your city has the cheapest prices right now.
Even though you’re only saving a couple cents per litre, that can really add up at the end of the year!
Swagbucks is an online rewards website that makes it really easy to save and earn extra money every month. You can earn “Swagbucks” by doing web searches, taking surveys, playing games and shopping online. Once you have enough points, you can redeem them for cash and gift cards.
I just redeemed a $25 Amazon gift card and spent less than 2 hours total on the site. So easy!
Sign up for Swagbucks and receive a free $5 bonus!
Pay Off Credit Cards in Full
It’s okay to use a credit card, even when you’re trying to save money.
It’s not okay to spend more money on your credit card than you can afford to pay at the end of each month.
Avoid racking up debt and getting hit with interest charges by paying off your credit card in full at the end of each month.
Participate in a Money-Saving Challenge
I’m currently participating in a money-saving challenge that should leave me with $1,456 at the end of the year. And I barely notice the money that I put into it.
It’s pretty simple. Start the challenge on a Monday and put away a mere $1. Then, add another dollar each day of the week. By Sunday, you should put away $7. The weekly total comes out to $28 savings, which adds up to $1,456 at the end of the year!
Every little bit counts!
If you start implementing all of these ways to save money, then you have the potential to save literally THOUSANDS by the end of the year!
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Do you know of any easy ways to save money?
Share your ideas in the comments!