15 Money-Saving Ideas That Will Make You $1,200 Richer
The small indulges really do wreak havoc on the wallet. So here’s how you could be $1,200 richer—or more!—every month.
Do your own nails
Between nails, hair, facials, massages…women can spend upwards of $300 a month on personal care services. Paint your own nails, have your partner give you a rubdown, buy a face mask at the drugstore, and you’ll be surprised as to how much you save a month, says Tracy. These are the 11 mistakes you’re making when you try to save money.
You save: $60 to $300 each month
Become a champion couponer
They’re not the most fun to cut and you have to remember to bring them with you to save, but coupons bring in between $120 to $200 in monthly savings for regular users. “Very few Americans actively redeem coupons, but the savings add up quickly,” says Whitlow.
You save: $120 to $200 each month
Become more energy efficient
Not only will using less gas and electricity save money on your bills, it’s good for the environment, too, says Tracy. A few painless ways to cut your bill include unplugging devices when they’re not in use, washing larger loads of laundry on fewer occasions, turning off lights, and layering up on clothes while turning the thermostat down a few degrees in winter. Here are 19 sneaky ways to save money on everyday objects.
You save: $70 each month
Invite friends over instead of going out
“Eating in weekly instead of going out can save $20 per person per meal, or more than $250 over a couple months,” says Hayduchok. If you meet up with four friends twice a month, that’s about a $100 right there, not including drinks. Not only are you making yourself richer, you’re also showing your friends how to save money, too.
You save: $200 each month
Mow your own lawn
“If you’ve gotten used to having a lawn crew come to your home and keep your lawn tidy, it may be tough to get rid of the service. But with reports that it costs between $40 to $50 each time, that’s a significant amount of money,” says Whitlow. Next, check out these 20 ways to save money that you haven’t tried yet.
You save: $160 to $200 each month