Choose your grocery store wiselyiStock/Leonardo Patrizi
An interesting grocery survey recently debunked a popular thrifty myth: That Trader Joe’s is not the least expensive place to buy groceries. In fact, in an analysis of five nationwide grocery chains, it was the last on the list for average monthly savings. So, instead of choosing the grocery store that’s closest to you, or the one everyone says is most affordable, take a look at all your options. For example, Aldi was found to be the most cost effective, with an average of 34 percent in monthly savings. Walmart came in second with 14 percent monthly savings, and Kroger with 5 percent. Say goodbye to that small parking lot and hello to effortless thrifty groceries. (Related: Don’t fall for these 50 supermarket tricks and you can wind up saving big.)
Buy a water bottleiStock/vgajic
This thrifty idea is twofold: Americans don’t drink enough water, which is essential to your daily health. Instead of saying, “Okay, I’ll drink more water, let me stop to the gas station and pick up a bottle,” just buy your own reusable bottle and save. This way, you avoid spending $3 a bottle, which will add up faster than your weekly night out, and you help keep your health in check, which will save more than you can even estimate in health bills down the line. Check out these clever tricks to stay hydrated.
Become an eBay superstaristock/Erik Khalitov
One person’s clutter is another person’s perfect birthday gift. Instead of keeping all those old video games and jewelry that you never wear, sell them on eBay. While the process of shipping can be a pain, you’ll make some money and earn street cred on eBay, so you can make even more thrifty purchases.