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#1 Convenience meals & snacks
It may be easy to buy snack-size bags of trail mix & microwavable meals for your lunchbox, but you’re wasting money on the convenience factor! Buy the large bag of trail mix (or better yet, make your own!) and throw some into a baggie/reusable container. We use these containers because they’re microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. Take an hour on your day off to make a large batch of one of your favorite dishes, and portion them out to take to work for lunch.
I know you don’t want to hear this one. As a former manager of a Starbucks licensed-store, you have to trust me. Without giving too much detail & having the Siren come after me.. I’ve seen the profit margin on your favorite frappuccino or latte. It’s insane.
Brew your coffee at home! Here’s a link to the espresso machine my husband & I LOVE. We use this vanilla syrup (we like this brand, but you can sometimes find other brands in stores) & soy milk at home to make lattes and save TONS of money. No more $6 lattes here. Buying your own espresso machine is an investment, but it pays for itself if you regularly find yourself in a coffee shop drive thru.
#3 Name brand products
Believe it or not, the generic store-brand medication will relieve your headache just the same as the insanely expensive name brand option. I cant think of a single generic product I’ve bought that disappointed me & made me regret saving my money.
I recommend trying out a generic brand substitute for the products you normally buy. That is, unless you can get the name brands for less per unit than generic following my casual couponing tutorial! (Click the link – it’ll open in a new tab so you don’t lose your place here! )
#4 Pre-cut veggies/fruit
This goes under the convenience category of #1, but is even more outrageous to me.
For most people, not including those with disabilities, things like pre-cut celery and apples are a gigantic waste of time & money. An apple corer/slicer costs only a few bucks on Amazon. Chop your apple, put some lemon juice on it to prevent browning if you’re saving it for later, and enjoy your money saved
#5 Cable TV
Have you cut the cord yet? Check out a service like Sling TV or DirecTV Now! They have packages of varying prices to fit different people’s needs. Most offer a free trial. And you can cancel at any time since you pay month-to-month.
#6 Cell Service
Speaking of paying month-to-month. Before we were married, my husband and I switched to Metro PCS. They gave us a pretty hefty credit off buying a new device for leaving Verizon for them. And the service is just as good! When we were ready to buy new phones, we took advantage of an offer Boost Mobile had going on & easily canceled with Metro.
#7 Brand new phones
I’m on a ROLL with segues here!
I am a klutz. Ask my dad or husband.. I break phones. Often. Like.. OFTEN. We pay for phone insurance now, but there’s still a sorta high deductible when you need a replacement. (Like when your phone takes a dive off your lap when you get out of the car. Sorry babe) Imagine if you owned the newest iPhone. Maybe this isn’t true for everyone, but it sure is for me. You don’t need the newest phone every time one comes out. My Samsung Galaxy s7 is still great (in late 2018).
#8 Eating out
Eating takeout could be destroying your budget! Especially when you’re buying (and wasting) groceries too. Have you seen my how to save money on your grocery bill post? SERIOUSLY, go check it out. There’s a couple freebies over there for you when you sign up with your email!
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Leave me suggestions in the comments. What things did I miss? What do you feel like you’re wasting money on? Let me know!