1. Switch from coffee to tea
If you drink just for the caffeine kick, changing won’t affect you much. Switch from coffee to tea because tea is cheaper than coffee. You can buy it for a dollar in some places like the Dollar Tree store. You can brew tea in a teapot to maximize or stretch it. If you are a big drinker, you will save big bucks in the long run.
2. Make your own liquid soap
It is very easy to make your own liquid soap. If you have the time, you can save money by doing this. You can customize with different kinds of molds, food coloring, and scented essential oils. Go to this website and register for free to get free soap making instructions: Go here: http://www.soapguild.org/how-to/make-soap/
3. Make your own liquid hand wash
Everyone should wash their hands daily, sometimes you have to wash your hands a lot according to what you touch. Make your own liquid hand wash from a bar of soap and save money. Get the directions here: bonnieprojects.blogspot.com
This will help you save money year after year.
4. Learn how to make yogurt
Learn how to make yogurt in a crock pot. Many people enjoy yogurt they buy from the store, but what if you can make your own and save money? Well you can. Go here for the recipe: http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/06/homemade-yogurt-in-the-crock-pot.html
5. Make your own oily hair dry cleaner
Make your own oily hair dry cleaner. Use rubbing alcohol and corn starch, go here: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/07/a-quick-fix-for-oily-hair-dry-clean-it.html
6. Don’t leave soap sitting in water
Don’t leave soap sitting in water. It will dissolve 50% faster. Keep it dry when not in use. You will save money.
7. Make your own convenience food kits
Make your own convenience food kits. Just go here: tipgarden.blogspot.com
Get a recipe on how to make homemade Hamburger Helper.
8. Try the No Poo method of cleaning hair
Try the No Poo method of cleaning hair from their article. You can massage baking soda into the scalp to then apple cider vinegar for the rinse. Conditioner can be a lemon juice/vinegar mix.
Read more about it here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/no-poo-get-beautiful-hair-with-just-baking-soda-vinegar.html
9. Make your own bread
Make your own bread. Most people eat bread and this will help save you money if you make your own. Go here: theitaliandishblog.com Spend way less with this recipe.
10. Pour your leftover wine into ice cube trays
Pour your leftover wine into ice cube trays and use them for cooking. This will make it fast and easy for you to use it, without having to throw away. Go here: theartofdoingstuff.com
11. Buy meat on sale and freeze them
Buy meat on sale and freeze them. Save money and keep your meat fresh. Go here: thepeacefulmom.com
You’ll save a lot of money. It’s a good idea to label them before you freeze to find easier.
12. Reuse your leftover scraps of food
Reuse your leftover scraps of food. Put any leftover kale and celery sticks through a juicer.
What you can do with leftover orange peels, beef fat, and melon rinds, go here: http://jujugoodnews.com/25-uses-for-leftover-scraps/
13. Buy from cheap websites
Buy your clothes, house supplies, electronics, dog supplies, etc. from cheap websites, if you don’t mind waiting on shipping. Shipping can take up to of 2 weeks if it’s free, but where else can you get a cute pair of drop earrings for $2 with free shipping? Go here: Eachbuyer
14. Plant your onion stubs
Plant your onion stubs, you’ll get in a new bunch. Go here: homemadeserenity.blogspot.com
The next time you’ve used up your green onions, put the white ends into a jar of water. They’ll start to grow almost immediately. This also works for celery sticks.
15. Make your own seasonings
Make your own seasonings. Get recipes for taco seasoning, ranch dry mix, and pumpkin spice. They’ll taste better and eliminate a lot of the sodium fillers in store-bought spices. Go here: http://www.yummly.com/dish/2012/07/make-your-own-taco-seasoning-mix/
16. Make your own microwave popcorn
Make your own microwave popcorn. Go here: thefrugalgirls.com
Not only will you save money, but you can use real butter and the seasonings of your choice.
17. Use an app to help you save
Use an app to help you save while grocery shopping. Go here: pushpinsapp.com
Scan any item using a free app called Pushpin and automatically save with digital coupons.
18. Make your own dinners
Instead of eating out, learn how to make your favorite restaurant foods at home.
Go here for recipes: https://freesamplesus.wpengine.com/30-surprisingly-easy-dinner-recipes/
19. Make your own reusable Swiffer pads
Make your own reusable Swiffer pads. Go here: http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com/sewtakeahike/2012/01/diy-swiffer-pad.html
20. Buy melamine foam instead of Magic Erasers
Buy melamine foam instead of Magic Erasers.
Go to: ebay.com
You can get 30 of these for $5.90. Melamine foam is the main component of Magic Erasers.
21. Make your own laundry detergent
Make your own laundry detergent. It is very expensive to buy liquid and some powder is going high in the price also. Make your own, go here: http://www.diynatural.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-soap/
22. Save electricity with your washing machine
Save electricity by using the rapid wash setting or the short setting on your washing machine. You’ll notice a difference in your electricity bill.
23. Never buy dryer sheets again
Never buy dryer sheets again. Place a ball of aluminum foil in the dryer with your wet clothes. You can reuse it many, many times and it will remove static cling.
24. Get rid of your paper towels
Instead of using paper towels, make your own cleaning cloths out of flour sacks. There’s minimal sewing involved, and one flour sack makes 16 cloths.
25. Tips for your make-up towelettes
You use them and they run out fast. A tip for you to try is to cut them in half. You will get more for your buck.
26. Make mascara last longer
Make mascara last longer. When it starts drying out, just add a couple drops of baby oil. It will add more and make it last.
27. Squish your toilet paper rolls
Squish your toilet paper rolls to avoid any wasteful unraveling. The less you use, the more you save.
28. Do your waxing at home
Do your waxing at home. some wax strips come with a coupon in every box, so you’ll save even more money.
29. Keep disposable razors dry
Make sure to make your disposable razor last longer than normal. Very simple, just keep it dry. By doing so it won’t have oxidation or rust. You will notice a difference.
30. Fix your bras
Fix your bras before buying a new one. When the under-wire comes out just stick it back in and sew the hole closed. Also hand-wash it with woolite or similar to make it last longer.
31. Target tips
If you shop at Target, here are some tips: Great Target information to know is this: If the price ends in 8, it will be marked down again. If it ends in a 4, it’s the lowest it will be. Target’s mark down schedule. – Monday: Kids’ Clothing, Stationery (office supplies, gift wrap), Electronics. Tuesday: Women’s Clothing and Domestics. Wednesday: Men’s Clothing, Toys, Health and Beauty. Thursday: Lingerie, Shoes, Housewares. Friday: cosmetics. Another Target tip: get Target coupons online and add them with manufacturers’ coupons.
32. Use GasBuddy.com
Use GasBuddy.com or their app to compare gas prices in your area. Just enter in your zip code. It’s easy to save money.
33. Visit Retailmenot or NerdWallet
Always check RetailMeNot before purchasing anything online for the best deals. Or go to NerdWallet and check out their coupons. You can also sign-up for each website store’s newsletter, they always send coupon codes when you do that. Nerd Wallet also is a place to read articles about saving.
34. Use EBATES
If you’re an avid online shopper, use a service like Ebates to get cash back. Every penny counts.
35. Share a Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s membership
Share a Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s membership. They allow you to add a name and it will help you all save money.
36. Make or buy an energy-wise toilet
Displace water in your toilet tank with a filled plastic bottle. Go here: realsimple.com
You save around 10 gallons of water a day. Or you can invest in a toilet that uses less water. You will save money in the long-run.
37. Sign up for the Victoria’s Secret newsletter
Sign up for the Victoria’s Secret newsletter. They will send you coupons for free stuff as well as discounts. Why not save if you can?
38. Get the best electricity rates
Get the best electricity rates. If you live in a deregulated state, you’re allowed to shop around for the best electricity rates. Go here: thebudgetdiet.com Find out what your State offers.
39. Recruit an affiliate buddy
Recruit an affiliate buddy if you frequently buy things from Amazon.com. Sign up for their affiliate program, and convince a friend who also shops often on Amazon to do the same. When they use your affiliate code, you get up to 15% back on their purchase, and vice versa.
40. Borrow e-books
Borrow e-books from the library instead of buying them. Go here: bookcovercafe.com
Your Kindle will pay for itself.
41. Find your discounts
Find out if you’re eligible for any discounts. Go here: davetesh.com
Check out these lists: 149 military discounts, 66 teacher discounts, 85 student discounts, and 136 senior discounts. You can also go here for 43 senior discounts.
42. A cheap fly repellent
A cheap fly repellent only costs a penny. Go here: thehealthyhomeeconomist.com Place a penny in a zip-loc bag filled with water. For some odd reason, it works.
43. Refill pet meds at a drugstore or online
Refill pet meds at a drugstore or online. Go here: animalkind.com
They usually cost more if you get them directly from the vet, so get the vet to write you a prescription and refill it elsewhere.
44. Always pack a meal for your flight
Always pack a meal for your flight. Go here: lunchinabox.net
Airplane and airport food are so overpriced. Always prepare your own meal or at least bring a snack.
45. Use multi-purpose items
Use multi-purpose items. Keep things that have multiple uses on hand like vinegar. Read this article on the uses of vinegar.
46. Make your own pet toys
Make your own pet toys from old t-shirts and socks. You will save big and your pet will have so much fun. Go here: irresistiblepets.net