You can easily save money by using coupons for all of your purchases, not grocery shopping when you are hungry, and comparing prices on the items you want to buy. These are the simple and conventional ways to save money.
But if you really want to save money each and every month, then you sometimes have to think outside the box. Are there things you might be overlooking and that you could do to save some money?
There are some creative ways to cut your expenses and keep more money in your pocket. Here are 9 simple tips for how you can start saving money in unusual ways.
Saving Money In Unusual Ways
#1. Roast And Brew Your Own Coffee
It has been said time and time again that brewing your own coffee will save you a lot of money. Instead of just brewing your own coffee, what about roasting it as well?
There are quite a few websites and stores where you can buy unroasted, green coffee beans. The best part is that you can roast them yourself with just a popcorn popper. After you roast your beans, then you can just grind them and enjoy.
If you don’t want to roast your own coffee, then you can still save by buying whole bean coffee and grinding them. It tastes better than already ground coffee beans.
#2. Clean With Vinegar And Bleach
Cleaning products are expensive and harsh. Did you know that most of your cleaning can be done with just white vinegar and water? It is extremely cheap and can last a long time. It also makes a wonderful glass cleaner and freshens up your washing machine.
If you have a really nasty mess, then you can also use bleach and water, but make sure you are cleaning something that cannot change color.
Here are some more great ways to make your own cleaning products to save even more money.
#3. Ask For Day-Olds At The Grocery Store
There has been debate about expiration dates on food at the grocery store. A majority of food will last well beyond the printed date. If you are comfortable with pushing expiration dates, then you can go into your grocery store and ask them for “day olds”.
This is exactly as it is. You can save around 40 – 60% on these items and they are still good to eat. Most stores have policies about their expiring foods and day olds. They would rather sell them than have to give them away or toss them.
I’ve saved a boatload buying chicken whose sell by date is that day or the next day. Usually the packs will be with the other packs, but will have a special $1 off coupon. While I don’t buy them and freeze the chicken for some day in the future, I do cook the chicken that day.