DISCLAIMER: For the sake of full disclosure, I want to first make it clear that, while Dollar Shave Club did contact me about writing this post, I have in no way been compensated by them or cajoled into selling their product with promises of free stuff and monies.
So let's begin, shall we?
1. DITCH CABLE
Not only that, but everything is available through the internet, and all recently-made TVs come with HDMI inputs. Hook your laptop or computer up to your TV with a cheap HDMI cable, and voila! Nearly free TV! Trust me, you won't regret it, and you can save quite a pretty penny each month without missing any of your shows.
SIDE NOTE: If you can drop television altogether (yeah... not ruddy likely gonna happen at my house), that can save you heaps of moolah on a yearly basis. Think of your electric bill!
2. FREE LOYALTY PROGRAMS (GAS STATIONS, GROCERY STORES, ETC.)
Now, I'm not saying that you need to keep one of those heavy duty scrapbooking notebooks filled with loyalty card after loyalty card just so you can keep them all straight. Just look at your personal trends. Is there a gas station that you frequent? Get their card. Do you usually go to a specific grocery store? Sign up for their loyalty program. It only takes a few seconds, but all of the saving can really add up at the end of the fiscal year.
3. AUTOMATIC SAVINGS DEPOSIT
4. CORPORATE DISCOUNTS
I am the first person to say that I cannot stand corporations. They're cold, calculating, and care nothing for their employees. Working for a corporation can have its perks, though. My company in particular moves a lot of auto parts, and we have exclusive deals when renting, buying, and repairing our cars from specific companies. If you work for a company that provides these sorts of discounts, take advantage of them. If you're not sure, ask! You never know what deals you could be missing!
5. MAKE YOUR OWN LAUNDRY DETERGENT
Google search, you can find recipe after recipe for making incredibly cheap, harmful-chemical-free laundry detergent. With some of these recipes, you can do a full load for less than $.01. Seriously. And it works great! Imagine what you would do with all the money you could save!
6. TURN OFF THE DAMNED LIGHTS!!
It's not hard, guys. When you leave a room, turn off the lights. Just do it, ok? I'm not your mother, but I will come over there and slap you silly if you leave that light on when you walk out of the room. Don't sass me.
7. HAPPY HOUR IS YOUR FRIEND
For those of your who, like me, enjoy a good alcoholic beverage every once in a while (responsibly, of course), I very highly suggest researching your local pubs and bars for their Happy Hour schedule. There's a place near me that has $3.50 drinks during their happy hour, and let me tell you, I take advantage of that every time I can, especially since drinks can get pretty pricey around Nashville. I love my city, but I don't love how expensive it's getting. I guess that's what happens when they make a TV show about it. Sigh...
8. GET A LIBRARY CARD
|A day doesn't go by in which I don't pine after this amazing library.|
9. DELETE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION
trunk warmer. Do it. You'll thank me later.
I'd love to add Dollar Shave Club to the above list just for the added eyeroll effect, but I must admit that I don't use it. I buy the cheapest of all razors (we're talking the ones that don't even have a brand marking on them) and only shave when I feel like wearing shorts and other things that show my legs, so it's not really fiscally wise of me to sign up for their programs.
I will say, however, that if I was a dude or lady who shaved frequently, I would be all over that shiz. From everything I've heard and read, it seems like a great deal with some pretty great products. Truth be told, I've never actually heard anything negative about the company or the services they provide. That's gotta mean something, right?
So if you're not lazy like me and use razors frequently, check it out. It looks like a convenient program that can save you some moolah on a monthly basis.
What are some ways that you save money? Anything to add or change in the list above? Let me know in the comments!