Y’all, I swear—I don’t know where most of my money goes. One day, it’s payday, and the next, I’m scrambling for pennies underneath the couch cushions. A few months ago, I decided I had enough. So, I sat down at my kitchen table and devised a plan to save more money. Below are the strategies I came up with. I hope they help you as much as they have helped me.
Wash Your Own Car
My kids constantly make a mess in my car. They’re always dragging mud around or spilling drinks in my vehicle. Since my children are so messy, I used to get a car wash every other week. Twice a month, I would roll up to a car wash near me and ask professionals to get rid of every stain my children created. Then, I realized, one of the simple ways to save money is to wash my own car. I can’t tell you how much extra cash I save every month now because I wash my car by myself. Also, it’s great that I can use my own trusted supplies because some of my kids have allergies. Now that I’m washing my own vehicle, I know for sure the products I’m using won’t affect any allergies.
Cancel Unused Subscriptions
I can’t tell you how many things I subscribe to every month. The funny thing is, I rarely use any of them. One simple way to save money is to cancel all your unused subscriptions. Sit down and list out all the things you subscribe to and only keep the essentials. No one needs five subscriptions to five different streaming services. Choose one or two and eliminate the rest. I promise you won’t miss out on any riveting TV shows, and you’ll have so much extra money at the end of the month.
Limit Your Waste
I never realized how much stuff I threw away until I forced myself to pay attention. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pitched a banana because it was rotting. I get so angry at myself every time I go into my pantry and have to throw out expired food. Once I decided I wanted to save more money, I forced myself to limit my waste. I make whatever food I have at the house before I go grocery shopping. Plus, I use cloth rags instead of paper towels, so I’m not always throwing things away. After a few weeks, I couldn’t believe how much extra cash I had in my pockets.