Most of us are looking for ways to save money and make our money stretch further. In these economic times, any bit of money savings helps. Here are some top ways to save money:
Save gas and save on fuel costs by planning your trips ahead of time. Remember the days when you just got in the car and went to wherever you wanted to go at the spur of the moment? No longer can you do that. Let’s say you need to run to the grocery store. Plan ahead and think about other places that you will need to drive to and head to those locations along the way and pick up what you need. This will not only save money but it will also save you time.
Reuse things. Some of you may think it’s crazy to rinse out styrofoam plates and cups, Starbucks paper cups, plastic bottles, and plastic containers. Yet reusing products and items is a big money saver. Containers with lids, glass jars and their lids, paper sacks, plastic bags, and many more items can be reused. This not only leaves more money in your wallet but is also good for the Earth/planet. This makes cents and sense.
Find alternative transportation. Public transportation and carpooling are popular ways to get to your destinations these days. Smart Cars, golf carts, motorcycles, and scooters are also on the rise as popular and essential forms of transport. Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, walking, jogging, kayaking, etc. are great ways to get to where you need to go as well as adding some fun, healthy exercise. Do keep in mind to wear safety equipment, obey laws, and consider the area where you live when choosing alternative transportation modes. For instance, those who live in places that are overcrowded with lots of highway or street traffic and no shoulder or bike lane may find it not feasible to take a bicycle to where they need to go.
Learn to do it yourself (DIY). Things that you can do yourself or do at home can be big money savers. Cook meals at home. Trim your own hair or friends’ and family members’ hair. Wash your car in the driveway. Give yourself a manicure and pedicure. Mow your own lawn. Save on your dry cleaning bill by wearing your outfits a couple of times first if possible. Do the small home repairs during the weekend.
These are just a few ways that you can pinch pennies by doing things yourself. If you don’t know how, there are many ways to learn. YouTube offers many DIY videos. Books, manuals, CDs, and DVDs are some more ways to learn. Have someone teach you how. There are also programs and courses offered at your public library, community centers, various workshops, and even your nearby community college. Depending on what you want to learn and how much you can save in the long run, doing it yourself may bring you a huge ROI.