Saving money doesn’t have to be difficult. By making a few minor adjustments to your daily life, you can easily save a dollar a day. Most involve just minor adjustments to your daily life (no giving up that Starbucks!)
1. Cut Cable
Daily Savings ~$2
2. Stream a Song for Free
Instead of buying music on iTunes, try streaming it on Pandora. You could also put your Amazon Prime Membership to use and use Prime Music.
Daily Savings $1.29
3. Buy a Tall Starbucks Instead of a Grande
Love your daily Starbucks? No need to stop just to save money. Instead just downgrade from a Grande to a Tall. Based on their average menu prices you can easily save $1/day.
Daily Savings ~$1.20
4. Pack Your Lunch
There’s no shame in brown bagging it. While everyone is out to eat, you’ll be saving money. Recent estimates show that eating out costs around $11 per meal. If you make your own lunch, you can save a considerable amount each day.
Daily Savings ~$4-$5
5. Properly Inflate Your Car Tires
Most people don’t realize buy your tire pressure plays a big role in your MPG. Properly inflating your tires is a quick and easy way to save some extra money.
Daily Savings ~$1.18
6. Pay Your Bills Online
Most banks offer the ability to pay all of your bills online. Every bill you pay online, it’s one less stamp you need to use.
Savings $.49 per bill
7. Skip the Appetizer or Dessert When Dining Out
90% of Americans don’t care to cook, which helps explain the increase in people dining out. Going out for dinner is definitely more expensive than cooking your own meals, but even if you dine out a lot you can still save. Next time you go out, skip the appetizer or dessert you usually get. Or try getting water instead of a drink.
Savings ~$4-6 per meal
8. Adjust Your Thermostat
Adjusting your thermostat 1 degree can save you $10/month. Turn it down (winter) or up (summer) 3 degrees and you’ll save about a $1/day.
Daily Savings $1
9. Skip the Bottled Water
Most people can’t tell the difference between bottled water and tap water. So, save yourself some money and skip the brand name water.
Daily Savings $1-$2
10. Drop Your Landline
More and more people are getting rid of their landlines in favor of cellphones. When you look at the average monthly cost it makes sense. Landlines cost an average of $15-$30 per month.
Daily Savings $.50 – $1
11. Home Gym
Daily Savings ~$1.30 – $1.60
12. Go to a Matinee Movie
I love going to the movies, but tickets are SO expensive! One easy way to save it go earlier in the day. Discounts vary by theater, but seeing a matinee is cheaper than going at night.
Savings at Least $1 per Movie
13. Skip the Movie Theater Snacks
While we’re talking about saving money at the movies, try skipping the expensive snacks. A large tub of popcorn can cost around $8. Downsizing or skipping it altogether can add up to some big savings.
Savings ~$8 per Movie
14. Buy Used
Like movies, the price of other items, like video games and electronics seems to increase each year. Luckily people get bored with their games or upgrade phones every year, which provides you a great way to save. Instead of buying games new, buy them used. Places like eBay or GameStop can offer great value. Also, wait until clothes are out of season and stores are offering great discounts.
Savings at Least $1 per Item
15. Carpooling to Work
Daily Savings ~ $15 – $23
What’s your favorite way to save?