Get a library card for your local library. Find out what they offer. Many library networks offer more than just books to lend. You can often get media (movies, music, ebooks, etc), museum passes, internet access, access to community events, etc. Take advantage of this free resource.
You don’t have to go crazy, but spending a few minutes searching for an online coupon code, using an offer received in the mail, or asking a sales clerk or checkout person if there are any discounts you are eligible for, could save you some money. If it takes too long to find an active code, or the process to get the discount is onerous, it may not be worth the aggravation, but a few seconds to save real dollars? Definitely worth it!
Take advantage of free shipping & returns offers from online stores. That is a great way to compare items in different sizes, colors, and even from different stores. Make sure you make any returns before the time limit is up though, otherwise you could get stuck with something you don’t want; a waste of space and money.
Everyone should be able to make some simple meals. If you are new to the kitchen, start with meals that involve little cooking (i.e. salads, sandwiches), and/or that don’t have a lot of ingredients. Take a cooking class to gain confidence. Watch instructional videos (cooking shows, Youtube videos, etc.). Order from a meal kit service if you aren’t sure what to buy. If possible, make extra and freeze or save your leftovers for the next day.
Eating eggs with breakfast will help keep you full all day. Make an omelet. Eat eggs with toast or potatoes. Buy an egg sandwich or breakfast burrito. Keep hard-boiled eggs in your fridge. Eggs are delicious, inexpensive, and nutritious!
Buy basics (underwear, undershirts, bras, pantyhose/tights, socks, leggings, etc.) on sale or at discount or outlet stores. Since these are items that are worn year-round, and sizes tend not to fluctuate as much, stock up when you find something you like for a good price. With coupons and clearance racks, you should be able to get these items for at least 50% off.
Whether it is a 30 day challenge to encourage you to read more, exercise, eat better, or get better at a hobby, 30 day challenges are less intimidating way to develop habits, skills, or just try something new. Track your finances (to the cent!) for 30 days. Run or walk outside 1 mile every day for 30 days. Cut fast food from your diet for 30 days. Get up 30 minutes earlier every day for 30 days. The options are endless.