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!
Keep staples in your pantry & fridge/freezer like peanut butter, frozen veggies, jarred or canned goods, and spices, condiments, and oils. That way you can always throw together something to eat.
Instead of using a machine, use a French press to make your morning coffee. It is better for the environment, cheaper, and often tastier.
Include artwork in your life. You can display it in your home. You can display it on your screen. You can add bumper stickers to your car. Add art to your workstation. Display artwork throughout the environments where you live your life.
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.
Try not to buy clothes that require ironing at all. If you do buy something that wrinkles, hang it up on a hanger when you take it out of the washing machine. Air drying it will usually remove the wrinkles. Life is too short to be spending hours ironing.
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.