11 ways to save hundreds of dollars every month

Let’s be real, we could all use a little wiggle room in our budget. Saving money doesn’t have to just be about investing and budgeting, there are lots of little things you can do to save hundreds of dollars every month! I’ve put together a list of 11 easy ways to save hundreds of dollars every month! (for real!)

how to save money every month

1. DIY Projects

DIY projects aren’t just for the uber-crafty. Do you have a rip in an old pair of jeans? Sew them up rather than tossing them and purchasing new ones. Repaint old furniture to give it an updated feel. Reuse those old bottles around the house for new uses. The options are endless!  Check out my latest painting project!

Do you enjoy Pinterest? Check out my DIY Pinterest Board for more crafty inspiration.

2. Cut Down on Your Cable Bill

Those month to month services that aren’t necessary (like cable), but are something you and your family enjoy don’t need to be cut out completely!  Subscribing to streaming services like Netflix (you can sign up free for one month to try it out) , Amazon Prime , and Hulu are great alternatives. They offer an amazing range of selection! 

The Amazon TV Stick is a great tool to easy way to enjoy over 4,000 channels, apps, and games including access to over 250,000 TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO GO, Hulu, and more.

3. Shop Thrift Stores/Garage Sales

It’s true when they say, another man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Take an afternoon to dig through a thrift store or garage sale.  You are bound to uncover some great clothing and furniture finds at incredibly low prices!  This website ( The Thrift Shopper ) lets you search for thrift stores in your area.  It is a great tool to use when traveling! 

Below you will see the thrift stores around the area I live.  There are reviews, hours, address, and directions for all thrift stores.  You can customize it based on your location and search for thrift stores within so many miles of a certain zip code.  (How neat, right?!)

thrift stores

4. Coupons – Rebate Apps

Check out rebate apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51 and get cash back for items you buy.  Both are free apps.  They offer discounts on generic items you would probably be shopping for anyway.  You just need to upload a photo of your receipt. 

I have been using “The Krazy Coupon Lady” website to save on items at Target & Walmart.  It is a great resource and we have honestly saved hundreds (no joke!) within the last year on items we needed – either for groceries or around the house items! You don’t have to spend hours on this either.  It isn’t extreme couponing or anything…:) 

Below is an example of a Target deal on Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer Coupon for 0.57 cents. Easy Peasy.  This website gives you detailed information on what coupons are needed to get the dollar amount down to the price indicated.

coupons at target

5. Create a Meal Plan [and stick to it!]

It’s amazing how much money you can save by creating a meal plan! Make a plan that utilizes a small list of ingredients so you don’t spend more money on purchasing a large variety. Pick up some cheap and easy snacks too, so you’re not tempted to order in when hungry!

We have a Google Spreadsheet created with recipes we love.  Wel include the link to the recipe, ingredients, and a day by day schedule of what we are having on what night of the week.  This helps us both be involved in our meal plan.

This meal planning checklist and planner is also very handy.  It even has a perforated shopping list section to tear off when grocery shopping! (score!)

6. Take Advantage of Rewards Programs

Your local or chain grocery/drug store probably offers great reward programs, rewarding you with discount or offer – the more you spend.  Hyvee (a local grocery store has a fuel saver option when you purchase certain items.)

Pro tip: if you’re tired of carrying around all those rewards cards, there’s a free app called Key Ring where you can store them!

7. Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Cardpool.com offers a great program where people who have received gift cards are able to sell them at a discounted price! You can purchase pre-owned giftcards for up to 35% off the original price!

OR if you have gift cards you don’t plan on using – you can sell yours on this site as well.

cardpool gift cards

8. Coupon Codes 

Before checking out anywhere online, swing over to Retail Me Not and check if the store you’re purchasing from is offering any deals.  More likely than not there is a promo code to save you a little bit of money.  

9. Seasonal Buying

Did you know that certain times of year offer sales on certain items? This guide has a great rundown on when the best sales are for what items.

10. End of Season Clearance

Make use of sale season! Keep an eye on full-piece items you like and stick around till sale season. Places like Target have discounted goods/candy usually the day after a major holiday.  If you wait a few more days – the discount usually is up to 70-90% off! 

Same with clothes.  Wait until it is almost spring or almost winter.  This is when stores will be giving discounts on the prior seasons’ items for a bigger discount.  

One store I love to stop in is the Dillards Clarence Outlet.  There are only a couple across the nation, but their discounts are amazing.  These stores are chuck full of items that weren’t sold from other Dillards’ stores . For all you local Midwest peeps – check out the outlet store in Council Bluffs Iowa! They change around the discounts every week! You can view those on their website.

11. Buy Groceries at Discounted Stores

Discount grocery stores like Aldi’s offer produce and food products at discounted rates. We also have been finding that Aldis has great discounted outdoor and kitchen items.  Read more on why we shop at Aldis.

 

These easy tips will help you save, whether it’s for overdue bills, a special trip or saving up for the future! Do you have any tips for keeping those hard-earned dollars in the bank? I would love to hear your insights in the comment section below!

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32 Comments

  • Reply Robin Rue April 26, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I love shopping at thrift shops. So many treasures there.

  • Reply momknowsbest15 April 26, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Great ways to save money. I just love shopping at thrift stores.

  • Reply Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking April 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I love these money saving tips! We ditched cable/satellite a few years ago and haven’t looked back! We now use the Fire Stick (LOVE!) and Netflix. Not only has it saved us a lot of money, but we realized that there are far more things to do than flip channels!

  • Reply themomv4 April 26, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I am a thrift store-aholic! Oh, and the tip on making a meal plan – works wonders! We try to do this as often as possible and we can make all of our main dishes for that month for $400 or less. Great money saving ideas!

  • Reply BluKatDesign April 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Great tips, I will check out the Amazon TV Stick!

  • Reply Inspiring Kitchen April 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    These are very helpful tips. I buy our groceries at discounted stores and I use coupons whenever I can.

  • Reply Elizabeth O. April 26, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    It’s nice to save a few bucks, and these tips are definitely tried and tested. I like looking for discounts and coupons are a huge help too.

  • Reply Jamie April 27, 2016 at 1:37 am

    These are all great! I take advantage of most of them. Yard sales have been HUGE on saving money with 3 little kids. I can buy them good name brand clothing, and I rarely pay more than a dollar or two. I also buy things like snow boots and snow pants, or swimsuits at the year end clearance for the following year. Occasionally I have guessed what size they will be in incorrectly, but I figure that wasted $5 has been more than paid for in the amount of money I’ve saved, since I’m usually correct.

  • Reply Emily Bendler April 27, 2016 at 8:54 am

    These are great tips for saving money. I already implement a few, but could definitely do more!

  • Reply Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss April 27, 2016 at 9:12 am

    These are such great tips to save money! I especially love Ibotta, I don’t feel like I’m clipping coupons to buy things I don’t actually need.

  • Reply Melissa April 27, 2016 at 9:22 am

    These are all great tips to help people save money in places they may not have looked to change in the past. I really like the meal plan idea and sticking to it is the hardest part for me. I need to work on focusing on my shopping list and not buying everything I see.

  • Reply Clearissa April 27, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Great tips. I have struggled with couponing for over a year now. I am a thrifter so I do shop at thrift stores and upcycle and DIY but I am determined to get better at using coupons. Thank you for the incentive.

  • Reply jessicahaas73 April 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for sharing the tips, I’ll try a few of them 😀 Seasonal buying is the best one !

  • Reply Wildish Jess April 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I got an Amazon stick about 6 months ago and I can’t wait to get out of our cable contract! I’ll never go back to cable again!

  • Reply Ana Fernandez April 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I am a coupon addict! I have save so much money with them

  • Reply 1heart1family April 27, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    These are great tips!! I have always seen coupon as a great idea, but I’m far too disorganized to try it!!

  • Reply Amy Jones April 27, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Great tips! ill be sure to implement those, u cant never save too much 😉

  • Reply Tami April 27, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    I just recently left my full-time employment to stay at home with my youngest child. It will definitely be a financial transition as we go from two incomes to one. These tips will help greatly!

  • Reply serenityyou April 28, 2016 at 4:45 am

    These are great tips! The thing that helps me save the most money each month is making a meal plan

  • Reply Aileen Adalid April 28, 2016 at 9:06 am

    I so agree with all of your points here! Often times we just have so many things that we don’t realize our money is “leaking out” of. I also love to use coupons and deals especially for my travels as they help a lot!

  • Reply Crystal McWhirter-Lopez April 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Great tips! A little wiggle room in the budget is certainly wonderful. End of season clearances do offer a huge amount of savings too!

  • Reply Rosey Marie April 28, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Coupons do add a lot of savings. I used to do them often, now I rarely do. I need to get back to it.

  • Reply Quin B April 28, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    A meal plan?! I just broke out into a cold sweat! LOL!

  • Reply Lisa Rios April 28, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    I always think a perfect budget plan could help save a lot every month & these are some wonderful tips to take a note. I get used to make use of the garage sale & end of season clearance sales as you could get the best at a very less price.

  • Reply Kathy Kenny Ngo April 29, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Doing almost all of that at home now. Hopefully I see the results soon

  • Reply JessicaACassidy (@wifetoalineman) April 30, 2016 at 5:44 am

    These are very helpful tips. I shop clearance for my kids. We also cut shows from our Cable.

  • Reply Melissa Bernardo April 30, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Great money saving tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Claudia Krusch May 2, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    These are great tips for saving money. I already use a few, but could definitely do more! Thank you for sharing them!

  • Reply Happily Simple Mama (@simplemama2013) May 3, 2016 at 4:54 am

    These are all great points. I enjoy shopping thrift stores and garage sales. Quite often you can find brand new items at a great discount.

  • Reply layeredindulgence May 11, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Nicole! I found your blog through Helene’s webinar today and love it! This is a great list! I especially love the point about creating (and sticking to!) a meal plan! That’s one thing I always try to do instead of spending money on eating out, or mindless and hungry spending at the grocery store! I did a post a couple months back on saving money in your twenties and one of my tips is making your meals at home! Here’s the link if you’re interested in checking it out 🙂 http://www.layeredindulgence.com/2016/01/20/5-smart-ways-save-money-20s/ I look forward to connecting!

  • Reply Alicia Snow May 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I think cutting out the cable bills helps a ton! We use Hulu now and it’s way better (and cheaper)! I really need to work on making a meal plan and sticking to it. I’m awful at planning ahead what we’re eating, but I’m sure it would save us money on our grocery bill!

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