When it comes to saving money, it is often easier said than done. With bills, car payments, and various other expenses, it can be extremely difficult to save money, leaving many of us resorting instead to more unorthodox methods. Whether you’re saving up for a big purchase or just want some extra spending money, here are a few unusual tips for saving money that you can put into action today!
Save Your Change
This may sound like a no-brainer- I mean, who really throws away their pocket change? However, making a conscious effort to save all of the change in your car, jeans pockets, or bottom of your purse can really add up. To get started, all you need is a mason jar or emptied out coffee can. Start saving any and all loose change, and before you know it you’ll have a decent chunk of money to cash in!
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Not only is thrift shopping a great way to save tons of money on clothes and household items, but its also fun! Stores like Goodwill and the Salvation Army are great places to find secondhand items at a fraction of the original price, and shopping at thrift stores feels like a treasure hunt! Discount stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross are also great places to score cheap finds, and you’re more likely to find things that no one else has!
Pick Up A Side Hustle
In this day and age, it seems like everyone has some sort of side hustle to help pay the bills. Sometimes having one job simply isn’t enough, and picking up a gig on the side can help you save extra money. First, find out what it is you’re interested in. Dog walking, babysitting, or doing freelance work all make great side hustles, so choose something you’ll enjoy and that you’re good at. Other ventures, like driving for Uber, renting out your home on Airbnb, or delivering for Postmates are also popular side jobs, and you’ll be able to easily sock away the extra money you’ll be making!
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Cancel Services You Don’t Use
One big way to save money is by assessing how many services you’re subscribed to and canceling the ones you don’t need or use. Things like gym memberships, subscription boxes, and other monthly memberships can all add up over time, especially if you aren’t using them or they aren’t necessary. Evaluate which of these are luxuries that you can live without, and cancel anything that you don’t absolutely need. Instead, think of ways you could save money without these things, like working out at home or outside instead of using an expensive gym membership. By cutting out extra expenses, you’ll be able to save up to buy that house you’ve been eying in Cincinnati in no time!
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More Unusual Ways to Save Money
- Save your condiments from fast food restaurants
- Reuse plastic bags and containers
- DIY when you can
- Carpool or ride your bike
- Turn down your thermostat
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