9 Small Changes That Can Lead to Big Budget Savings
People usually think that a big difference in your money only comes from making a big lifestyle change.
While selling your house or working an extra job can produce huge results, there are several other ways to give your money a positive kick in the budget. You won’t notice these small changes as much as you’ll notice the additional cash.
Check out these nine small spending adjustments that can give you big outcomes:
Join Loyalty Programs. According to the 2015 Colloquy Census, there are roughly 3.3 billion customer loyalty memberships in the United States. Sign up for loyalty programs and you can score deals on restaurant meals, airline tickets and more. Start by visiting the websites of your favorite restaurants or clothing stores and see if they mention perks for frequent shoppers. If you simply need to sign up for a loyalty program, then go for it! Just avoid anything that’s based on getting a credit card.
Get Creative With Date Night. Eat dinner at home and go out for dessert. Go hiking on a nature trail instead of heading to the movie theater. Download an app like Scrabble. You can’t beat the value, and you definitely can’t beat the quality time with each other!
Take the Surveys. Those survey offers at the bottom of restaurant or retail store receipts are worth a few minutes of your time, especially when they offer free meals or a chance to win $1,000. Visit a website, give feedback, and earn a coupon for your next trip.
Buy Generic. It’s amazing how much more you pay for trash bags, pet food, and condiments just because of the label on the front. Purchase generic brands instead and you’ll be shocked at your savings.
Related: 10 Items You Should Buy Generic
Cut the Cable. TV is a lot more mobile nowadays—and a lot less expensive. If you ditch the cable and get your football or Real Housewives fix from sites like Hulu, Netflix or Sling TV, you can save hundreds of dollars a year.
Related: Cost-Effective Alternatives to Cable
Always Search for Online Promo Codes. Check coupon websites before ordering anything online. It’s very easy to do—just type the store’s name and “coupon” into Google and see what pops up.
Make Your Own Coffee. It costs a lot less to brew your own cup of joe than to buy it at a coffee shop. According to USA Today’s Coffee Calculator, one 16-ounce cup of regular coffee a day from Starbucks will run you $63 a month. That costs drops to $2.40 a month if you make your coffee in your kitchen—plus, you can add all the shots of vanilla and hazelnut syrup you want, and there’s no waiting in the drive-thru line.
Download Deal Apps. There are tons of apps that help you find the best price on everything from groceries to clothes to hotels. Download your favorite and start saving. We can think of 18 money-saving apps you should try!
Adjust the Thermostat. According to energy.gov, turning the thermostat back seven to 10 degrees for eight hours a day can save you up to 10% a year on your bill. Adjust the thermostat up in the summer or down in the winter when no one is home.