Here are seven little ways to save money that anyone can do, regardless of time commitment.
If you’re wanting to get started in frugal living and feel overwhelmed at completely changing your lifestyle, start with the small stuff! I love these ideas for saving money because they’re so easy, require no additional time, and anyone can do them.
If you have any suggestions, please add them in the comments below!
1. Use a glass dispenser for dish soap. Since you’re using a glass bottle, you’re not able to waste soap by squeezing out too much each time you wash dishes. I just use a glass olive oil dispenser for this and have definitely noticed that our dish soap lasts longer now. Note: this works best with a dish soap with a thicker consistency.
2. Switch to powdered detergent. Powdered laundry detergent is usually cheaper per load than liquid detergent. So if you do a lot of laundry, this one can start to add up after a while.
3. Use eBates. If you install the eBates browser extension, it’ll let you know when a website you’re on offers cash-back and you can activate the offer to earn cash back. You can currently get $10 for signing up.
4. Change your phone plan. You can usually save quite a bit on your cell phone plan by switching to a smaller carrier. Lesser-known carriers like Ting, Republic Wireless and Total Wireless offer cell phone plan options at affordable rates. I haven’t seen unlimited data plans, but check your current usage – you may not even need it!
5. Buy concentrated versions of cleaners. I love Mrs. Meyer’s cleaner, but the individual bottles are expensive in-store, so I buy the concentrated version and just fill and dilute my spray bottle when needed. It smells great, lasts forever, and I can use my favorite cleaner without breaking the bank.
6. Go to the ethnic aisle. If you need seasonings and spices, check out the ethnic foods aisle before hitting up the spice aisle. You’ll often find the same spices at a better price. The selection is usually limited, but it’s always worth looking!
7. Use half. Cut your dish sponges in half so you’ll get double the use out of them. They’ll still clean equally well and last twice as long!
Do you have any favorite little ways to save money? If so, please share your tips in the comments below!