Sunday, May 22, 2005

10 Ways to Save $50 Per Month

I'm not above snagging some tips from others:

1. Save up to 50% per month on convenience cleaner cloths by cutting them into half, i.e. dryer softener cloths, face cleanser cloths, etc.

Savings: $5 per month

2. Find more thoughtful gifts and buy when the item is on sale, shop for birthdays and holidays throughout the year not at the time of the events.

Savings: $10 per month

3. Bring your lunch to work once a week instead of eating out.

Savings: $7 x 4 weeks = $28 per month

4. Don't go to the coffee shop on the weekends.

Savings: 2 visits @ $2 = $4 per week x 4 weeks = $16 per month

5. If you carry a balance on your credit card, and you're only ableto afford paying the minimum monthly amount, pay weekly installments instead of one monthly payment. For example, if you owe $100 per month, pay $25 per week. Because credit card companies accrue interest daily on your balance, paying only once a month is a huge detriment to your fiscal health.

Savings: $10 - $100 per month (or more!)

6. Instead of a family night out, consider having an old fashionpicnic together or a bike ride. Curbing entertainment costs doesn'tmean curbing the fun.

Savings: $25+ per month

7. Spend a day cooking meals that can be frozen for later use foryour family. Once a Month Cooking, a book by Mary Beth Lagerborg and Mimi Wilson, features grocery lists and recipes to prepare and freeze a month's worth of food for you and your family. Not only are you able to purchase the food in bulk, this method prevents having to throw away any spoiled food.

Savings: $50+ per month

8. If you are a regular monthly book buyer, stop the habit and visit your library instead! If you insist on buying books, buy it used at your local store or online at merchants such as or Even a better idea, how about selling the books you have that you don't need!

Savings: $5 - 15 per month

9. Use less expensive gasoline. If you live in North America and have Internet access, you are able to search for the cheapest gas price in your neighborhood with Gas Buddy,

Savings: $5 - 15 per month

10. Use two-for-one coupons when dining out; search for these inlocal newspapers, flyers, and in your "junk mail." If you are a group of four or more people, consider buying dining certificates at, After choosing your city and state on the Website, you will be presented with a listing ofrestaurants vying for your dining dollar!

Savings: $5- $50 per month.

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mcgibfried said...

you could save even more money on gifts if you shut out friends all together.. no gifts to worry about at all!

or you could just regift.. which is what i do.

Anne said...

You may like my "Aunt Annie's Advice blog" - once a week, I discuss finances. I just added a very nice monthly budget spreadsheet (Excel) to download (free, of course).

lpkitten said...

thanks! i love free. :)

Molly said...

Those are all wonderful suggestions for people who are pissing away good money on frivolous stuff, but what do you do when you're salary hasn't moved in three years, and your living expenses have all gone up 20%?? I don't eat out or get a daily latte at the coffee shop, I don't have credit card debt coming out of my butt. I'm barely covering basic bills, sometimes not even being able to buy milk. THese suggestions are for people that have money to piss away.

Ruben said...

I would save a fortune if my local Starbuck's would burst into flames!

fellow blogger said...

You know, I always think it is ironic that these people want to help you out of debt, but yet say buy my book, buy my book! I know they need to make a living, but if you really wanted me out of debt, couldn't I use that $14.95 somewhere else! :-)

philskaren said...

btw, watch for the 50% off codes for

If you sign up for their emails, you get them all the time!!! Such a savings.