Last week I told you about my No Spend September. Honestly, my biggest problem when it comes to saving money is spending. I usually don’t think twice if there’s something that I want to do or buy, but I should. This week I’m going to focus on ways that I plan to save money that you can use too!
Take breakfast and lunch to work everyday
I easily spend $20 a day just while I’m at work. I’m not a morning person, which means breakfast is eaten at my desk. And I get lunch out more often than not. Lunch out in DC usually means spending at least $10.
Make coffee at home
Starbucks is my weakness. Especially the cold brew and iced chai lattes. Cold brew is so easy to make at home. And while it’s a little bit of a big spend at the grocery store, buying chai concentrate is a lot cheaper than $4 a latte. Even just a regular hot coffee for a few dollars a day adds up, so make your own!
Meal plan and cook at home
Takeout and going out to eat definitely put a dent in my budget. Planning meals that use the same ingredients and buying everything I need in one shopping trip is going to make a huge difference.
Use Groupon and LivingSocial for dinners out
I don’t want to eat dinner at home every night. Groupon and LivingSocial always have great local restaurant deals. Buying vouchers are a great way to still eat out and enjoy the restaurant dining experience without spending so much money.
I spend too much money on clothes and other things that I don’t really need. No more nonessential shopping for me.
Use coupons and shop around
There are always going to be things that you need. Whether you need toilet paper or toothpaste or cleaning supplies, shop around. Buy what’s on sale, and use coupons if you can find them.
What tips do you have for saving money?