#117 – use coupons

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!

#104 – learn to cook

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.

#101 – buy basics discounted

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.

#96 – eat leftovers

Instead of throwing away food left over after a meal, wrap up and eat the leftovers later. You’ll save money in the long run, and reduce food waste. Make sure you properly reheat any leftovers that need to be warmed up. Using the appropriate reheating technique (on the stove, in the oven, in the microwave, etc) will ensure your meal is just as good (or better!) the second time around.