55+ Easy Ways to Save Money at Home

Wondering how you can save a little more money in your home? Or are you just looking for ways to add some wiggle room to your budget? Read more…

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Over 55 easy ways to save money at home

I’m always looking for ways to save money around our house – ideas that don’t require a lot of effort but offer a good return on my time investment.

Many little things can really add up to big savings and thanks great advice from our Facebook fanswe’ve put together lots of easy ways you can save more from home!

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1. Plan your week of meals ONLY based on what you have in the house – you’ll save a ton of groceries that week! This year we call “Eat from the pantry challenge” at our house and it’s fun to get creative and see how long you can stretch what you already have on hand!

2. Once you’ve made it, stick to the grocery list. Avoid impulse purchases!

3. Eat meatless meals one day a week (or more if you can).

4. Drink tap water instead other expensive drinks.

5. Make your own coffee at home (you can even use fancy creamers – it’s still a lot cheaper than buying coffee at a coffee shop every day!)

6. Add some extra rice, pasta, beans or vegetables to soups and casseroles stretch foods a little further.

7. Turn the remaining vegetables into soup. Keep them in the freezer until you are ready to make the soup!

8. Use the slow cooker as often as possible to save on electricity. (Plus, you’ll save a lot of time in the kitchen!)

9. Buy snacks and ingredients in bulk (not individually wrapped).

10. Eat leftovers for lunch instead of going out or making another meal. you can too eat leftovers for dinner once a week!

11. Buy meat in bulk from a butcher or local farmer (like a quarter of a cow). The initial cost is higher, but much cheaper in the long run.

12. Take brown bag lunches to school and work instead of having a hot lunch or going out to eat.

13. Cook and bake from scratch whenever possible to save on expensive packaged foods. Try it out homemade breads and refreshment. This can save you so much money!

14. If you like to host events at your home, stick to desserts or snacks instead of providing a full meal. Hospitality doesn’t have to break the budget.

15. Eat at home as much as possible. Avoid pulling. Need help with meal ideas to avoid takeout? Grab ours FREE List of 60+ Super Quick Meal Ideas!

16. A plant in the garden and grow your own food!

17. Try to make freezer meals ahead of time with the ingredients you bought on sale at the lowest price. (You can also freeze many of the individual ingredients for later use.)

18. Shop at ALDI. Many families swear by ALDI’s prices, including how much food prices have increased during years. (We personally love ALDI and I’ve been using it for years and years!)

19. Hang dry your clothes instead of the dryer. This will save you money on your electricity or gas bill and also extend the life of your clothes!

20. Use cold water to wash your clothes to save on your electricity bill.

21. Wear your clothes 2 or 3 times before washing.

22. Open the dishwasher door during the drying cycle. The heat/steam that builds up during washing will dry out your dishes.

23. Create your own detergents and washing powder — saves money and reduces the amount of chemicals in your home!

24. Use vinegar as a cheap way to clean almost anything!

25. Reuse plastic grocery bags for your small trash cans.

26. Change the furnace filter regularly to keep it clean so the HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard.

27. Only wash your hair every 2-3 showers to save on product. (AND I only wash my hair once a week!)

28. Use sample size or travel size products before purchasing multiple full size products.

29. Watch how-to videos on YouTube do hairstyles at home for your spouse, children and even pets. You’ll save a ton in the long run!

30. Buy thrift store clothes and have fun modifying it or tweaking it at home to create something unique.

31. Instead of paying for an expensive salon visit, try a drugstore at-home hair color kit.

32. Do your nails at home.

33. Take care of your health! Eat nutritiously and exercise daily – you’ll save a lot of medical bills later.

34. Cut the cable. Cancel subscriptions and memberships you don’t need or use as often as you thought.

35. Use a “dumb phone” instead of paying for an expensive smartphone and monthly data usage.

36. Contact your energy companies and ask for a discount or lower rate. You’d be surprised how much you can save!

37. Try a smaller phone company instead of a big company. They often have discounted rates that are more affordable.

38. Keep your home a few degrees cooler in the winter and a few degrees warmer in the summer to save on energy.

39. Turn off all lights and unplug appliances when not in use.

40. Turn off (or off) the heating at night (depending on where you live).

41. If you have a programmable thermostatset it to schedule.

42. If possible, open the windows to cool the house.

43. Learn to do maintenance and home repairs yourself. (Try YouTube!)

44. Sell things you don’t need on Facebook Marketplace, Ebay, or through hosting a dirty garage.

45. Shop store brands instead of branded products.

46. ​​Shop the sales. At some point, you can find almost anything you need on sale. It is very rare that you should pay full price for food, clothing, personal care items, household items, etc.

47. Use coupons and savings apps. thought couponing has changed over the yearsyou can still save quite a bit of money by using mobile coupons and savings apps like Swagbucks, Shopkick, Get rewards, Ibottaand more!

48. Next time you want to send something by mail, use “junk mail.” (Instead of buying brand new envelopes.)

49. Use “waste” paper for printing.

50. Keep your paperwork and accounts organized so you can tell immediately if there’s a financial problem.

51. Business babysitting with families from the neighborhood.

52. The group travels in one chunk of the day to save time and gas.

53. Do your own yard work and shovel snow instead of renting it out.

54. Enjoy activities at home like reading, playing games, campfire, movie night, etc. instead of going out. You can have so much low-key fun at home together as a family without spending a lot of money!

55. Walk, run or exercise with your neighbors instead of entering the gym and paying the membership fee.

56. Just stay at home (instead of shopping or going out to a restaurant or coffee). Staying at home alone can save you a lot of money in the long run!

57. Encourage yourself (and your family) to have a “no-spend period” (day, week, month) where you don’t spend anything other than absolutely necessary (utility bills, car gas, food, etc…).

58. Track spending and budgeting. You’d be surprised how much money you can save just by tracking what you’re actually spending and knowing where all your money is going each month.

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How do you save money at home? What other ideas would you add to this list??

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