Small Ways to Save Money
In the changing climate everything seems to be upside down including how we are choosing to spend our money and on what. Recently many things are just starting to open but with the decline of unemployment benefits being offered things are yet again strapped at home. I wanted to create a post to showcase small ways to save money in an effort to help those who are struggling to find out how to stretch their dollars.
1- Eating out doesn’t have to stop. That was one of the first things we worried about especially with having kids in the pandemic. Eating out doesn’t have to be all about luxury but can be about something as simple as making a memory. We utilize apps to get the best deals/coupons for places to eat and often cut our bill by 50%. Many are offering free food items with purchase such as recently Burger King had a special where you could get up to 2 kids meals with the purchase of other food. We could all eat for less than $10 with this promotion. They even included the much loved toy!
2- Shop farmer’s markets- Many people think that farmer’s markets are expensive. In our area we find they are way more affordable than the grocery store. We can get a weeks worth of produce for between $20 and $30. Of course this depends on what we are cooking. At our local market there are also vendors for beef and pork which helps with avoiding the grocery store, too.
3- Use coupons– I know I mentioned the app specials above for dining out but many other stores have coupons as well. We have used the Dollar General app to save quite a bit of money and again sometimes there are even free items with purchase. This app just uses your cell phone number at the register after you use your phone to add the coupons from the database to your account. We save a lot on household cleaning supplies and laundry necessities.
4- While only temporary many places are offering deferments on bills such as credit cards. Often it is as easy as logging into the account and filling out a message but other times you do have to call and speak to someone. These temporary reductions can even eliminate the bill for several months at a time allowing you to have money to spend on other much needed things.
Regardless of what your financial situation is during these trying times we want you to know that we are here to lend advice or even a listening ear.