I figured we could start a thread on ways to save money easily. I stress the word EASY. For example, making and preparing your own food doesn’t qualify because that involves actually shopping and cooking and effort.
Here are 3 of mine:
1- Make and bring your own coffee and drinks. You make coffee anyway in the morning, so just bring enough for the rest of the day with you. I love Snapple, but at 1.25-1.79 a bottle depending where I purchase it, it adds up. So I use Crystal Lite and bring it with me. I save even more money when I use the supermarket brand of instant iced tea.
If you want to be super cheap, screw regular coffee and use caffeine tabs. Walgreen’s brand of NoDoz is 6.99 for 200 tabs which is 400 cups of coffee.
2- Join Costco. You’ll save money on food and other items like crazy, regardless of whether you’re single or have a family. A few examples include: the savings on cartons of 1/2 and 1/2 alone pay for the yearly $50 membership fee; I saved $80 on contacts; fish oil and Rogaine are unbelievably cheap.
3- Drink before you go out to a nightspot. You can start drinking right before leaving (if the place is closeby) or if the place is farther away start drinking right before arriving at the club OR in the car after you’ve parked.
Not only do you save money, but you can also easily taper off the alcohol as the night goes on. I start drinking a lot of water 1/2 way through the night, so by the time its time to go home, my buzz is wearing off or gone. Plus all the water keeps me hydrated and lessens the possibility of hangovers.
Let’s hear some of yours