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    Updated on Aug 30, 2020. Posted on Aug 30, 2020

    19 Money-Saving Tips You Should Incorporate Into Your Life, If You Haven't Already

    It doesn't get easier than an app that tells you exactly how much you can save daily.

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    1. Make your own iced coffee at home with a cold brew maker that basically pays for itself in the first week of use. Spending $6 every time you order coffee from a shop really adds up to more than you might realize.

    A reviewer holding the cold brew pitcher, which has as handle and a spout for pouring
    amazon.com

    Let's do the math, shall we? Let's say you buy a $6 coffee just four days a week. That amounts to $24 per week. Over the course of a month (four weeks), that adds up to $96. After three months, you've spent $288 on coffee. And after a full year, you've spent $1,152. Now let's say you spend $6 on coffee DAILY — the amount spent in a year is almost double.

    Promising review: "I bought this to save money on coffee in the morning. It has already paid for itself. This cold brew maker is SO easy to use, just fill it and put it in the fridge overnight. Very easy to clean. The coffee ends up being a coffee concentrate so depending on how strong you want the coffee, it will need to be diluted by water/cream/cream substitute, but the coffee is perfect. It's just enough for my boyfriend and me to split in the morning. Highly recommended for anyone who has been spending way too much on coffee every morning." —KatieDinz

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    2. Create a budget and track where your money is going using YNAB (You Need A Budget). What doesn't get measured doesn't improve, so if you want to work on your budgeting and spending, you should start tracking what you're doing with your money.

    A phone screen on the YNAB app showing budgeted amounts for debt payments, expenses, and purchases
    YNAB

    The platform lets you budget for goals you want to track, view monthly reports with nicely designed charts and graphs so you can have a visual representation of where your money's been going, and access free online money workshops.

    I signed up almost a month ago and I already love how the platform lists out a wide variety of categories you can budget for — like car payments, home payments, vacations, entertainment, and more. And you can add categories that more closely suit your lifestyle needs. I added an "educational investments" category since I regularly purchase online courses and it's very important to me to always elevate my knowledge. You have the option to either connect your cards to your account or manually enter your balance amounts — I chose the latter. I already prefer YNAB to a spreadsheet for tracking my spending and budgeting. It's clean and easy to use and I don't have to do the work of setting anything up for overly personalizing my dashboard.

    Get it from YNAB for free for a 34-day trial. Then, choose between the $11.99/month plan and the $84/year plan.

    3. Save on purchasing makeup remover wipes by just using a reusable makeup towel. This one's water-activated and you'll get way more uses out of the towel, thus saving you soooo much on makeup removal.

    A model holding a small towel
    Amazon

    I first happened upon these a year ago and purchased them because I was tired of always spending $8–$10 per month on disposable makeup wipes. This pack comes with four towels and each towel can last you around three months each. I'd use one at a time and wash the towel I was using weekly and use the same one for months before it finally got dirty enough to no longer be effective. At that point, you can throw the towel away but I washed them as best as I could and kept them around to clean up spills. These took my makeup off just as well as the makeup wipes did — and in some cases, better than certain brands did. For basically a full year, I didn't purchase makeup wipes!

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two color sets).

    4. Shop with reusable grocery bags to help you save money if your local stores charge you for plastic bags.

     A yellow reusable bag with a handle with a dog print that's holding groceries, including a wine bottle, grapes, oranges, and other items
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are giant bags. They are extremely sturdy. I can go grocery shopping for my whole family using these and I’m not afraid of them ripping or tearing like I do with store bags or other reusable bags. The patterns are also really cute." —Amber Sayre

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four assorted designs).

    5. Prep your meals weekly using plastic containers like these to ensure you use all your ingredients before you buy more. It's also great so you aren't tempted to order in every time you find yourself needing a meal ASAP — you have food at home and all you have to do is heat it up!!

    A reviewer showing the three-compartment containers holding meals they've prepared ahead
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’m in car sales and work a lot of hours so using this helps me at work and at home. I make dinner for a few days and use these. Put it in the fridge. All my kids have to do is take one out and warm it up. And it saves me from spending a lot of money eating out. Easy to clean. Made well for the price." —smithsss

    Get a set of 30 from Amazon for $19.99.

    6. Use the Digit App to pull tiny amounts of money from your bank account daily (literally like $5) without even realizing it. Over time, it'll help you accumulate a sweet chunk of cash and you'll barely have to do anything!

    A page from the Digit website showing how Digit calculates an appropriate savings amount based on your account balance, upcoming bills, expected purchases, and account minimum
    Digit

    Once you download the app and connect your bank account, you'll be able to specify your expenses and even set goals for the things you want to save for. The app will give you an amount that's safe to save daily based on your expenses.

    Get it from the Apple app store for free or from Google Play for free.

    7. Jot down what you'll need before you go grocery shopping with this meal planning pad. This way, you'll buy exactly what you need and won't be tempted to just wildly pull whatever off the shelves.

    The magnetic pad on a refrigerator door and someone writing down meals they plan to cook for the week
    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you meal plan or want to save money at the grocery store you need this list. It makes it so easy to plan out the week and keeps your grocery list in place and easy to stick to at the store. I’ve saved so much money on groceries since buying this." —Kristin Swain

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    8. Divvy up your cash using budgeting envelopes. It's a good strategy so you can physically divide your money amongst your expenses and maybe even feel less tempted to spend more than you can currently afford. Plus, these come with budget sheets so you can write down exactly where your money goes.

    A reviewer showing patterned envelopes labeled with expenses such as tuition, cell phone bill, and internet bill
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "If you spend money like I do, which is very fast, please get this!! I’ve saved so much money with this and it is the best thing I ever bought! It really changed my life." —Gianna Camacho

    Get a set of 12 envelopes from Amazon for $10.95.

    9. Save the old-fashioned way with a cute 'lil piggy bank — make it your goal to make this 'lil piggy feel heavier (with cash) every month. It's a fun way to put money towards any small goal.

    The pink piggy bank with a slot on top for adding money
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great value for the money. It's beautiful, cheery, and I'm sure my granddaughter, daughter, and son-in-law will love it, and it's the kind of thing that just might encourage the value of saving." —Charlie X

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 10 colors).

    10. Make your produce last longer with these Rubbermaid produce savers. This way, you won't have to go back to the grocery store because your strawberries went bad literally five days after you bought 'em.

    The containers filled with vegetables and fruit inside a refrigerator
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Trying to eat healthy. More fruits, vegetables and greens. The quality of fresh produce begins to degrade after two or three days but I'm not willing to shop more than once a week. These Rubbermaid containers really solved that problem.. I was skeptical. I purchased fresh leaf lettuce and raspberries, rinsed them thoroughly, spun the lettuce dry and placed the items in the food-saver containers. Eight days later the lettuce is still fresh. The berries remained fresh for five days until they were all eaten. Over the years, I would hate to calculate how much money I've wasted throwing away wilted or spoiled lettuce and rotted berries. The savings from discarded produce will pay for these containers quickly." —M. Hughes

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $36.62.

    Natalie, an editor here at BuzzFeed, has tried these containers for herself and spoiler alert: they kept strawberries fresh for 10 days!! Check out her full review of these produce containers for more info.

    11. Reuse the same sheets of ~bamboo~ paper towels so you don't have to keep spending money on normal paper towels. They're super-absorbent and durable and can be reused over 120 times by just throwing them into the washing machine. They're soft enough to use on your skin, and you can even use them on your Swiffer!

    amazon.com

    One roll of these will tackle a number of messes equivalent to 60 ROLLS of conventional paper towels.

    Promising review: "I've had these bamboo towels for a month now and am incredibly impressed with their performance! They're much larger than a regular paper towel, thicker, softer and more absorbent. I've washed the first ones I've torn off the roll several times now and they DO survive the laundry and perform just as well afterward. I've only used five bamboo towels this month, washed them and re-used. Several times. I would have been through a whole roll of Brawny by now. One caveat...when you wash them, you're supposed to air dry them, so I haven't sent any through the dryer. And I haven't needed to, because allowing them to air dry has not affected the quality of the towels when I 're-roll' them!" —A. Clark

    Get a roll from Amazon for $10.99 (also available in packs of two and four rolls).

    12. Purchase reusable snack and sandwich bags instead of rebuying boxes of the disposable ones. Just wash 'em to clean 'em up for the next round of snacks you want to enjoy on the go.

    A review image of four baggies with carrots, string beans, Brussels sprouts, and cucumbers in them
    amazon.com

    They're leak-safe, dishwasher-safe, and freezer-safe, too.

    Promising review: "My goal for 2020 was to start saving money. I'm a big 'meal prepper' and I eat healthy snacks through my workday. These bags are perfect!!! I wish they had some in true snack size, like for small berries and such. But I love them! I just rinse them out and hang on the coffee cup side of the dish rack and they dry just fine! Only thing is I did notice some minor staining when I put in blueberries, but it came out in a few washes. They are super durable and lay almost completely flat, which is something I was looking for. I did NOT want bulky bags. I HAVE EVEN STARTED USING THESE IN THE FREEZER! Overall very satisfied and would purchase again!" —Raeann

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $16.99.

    13. Install a cash back app like Ibotta to rack up money back on your normal, everyday purchases. Even if you only earn around $2–$5 back on purchases, that's still way better than earning absolutely nothing, and the amount will definitely add up over time.

    Screens showing that the app works for 500,000 retailers
    Apple

    They're partnered with both online and in-person retailers, including food delivery services so you can earn while you shop for groceries!

    Get it from the Apple app store for free or from Google Play for free.

    14. Wrap your cheeses in special storage paper guaranteed to retain freshness even longer. You paid good money for that Parmesan so it would be a shame to have to repurchase another block so soon because the first one went stale too quickly.

    The paper wrapped around a triangle of hard cheese
    Amazon

    The paper breathes just the right amount, maintaining the perfect humidity and mimicking the environment that cheese is aged in.

    Promising review: "Before I bought this cheese paper, I would do the cheese search in the refrigerator. After buying cheeses, opening them, and then rewrapping them in heaven knows what (namely plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and plastic containers), it was always the same result: moldy cheese. This box contains the paper in sheets plus some stickers that you can write on with the name of the cheese and the date it was wrapped or even sell by date. There are also pictures of a sheep, cow, and goat so the source can be identified by circling or checking one of them! What I also like is that the cheeses can be rewrapped after use and amazingly the stickers still stick! The paper can also be cut to size to wrap smaller cheeses. So far I have noted that the cheeses have stayed fresh with not a trace of mold. I highly recommend this product to all cheese lovers!" —Prairie Woman

    Get a package of 75 sheets from Amazon for $50.58 (or, get a pack of 15 similar cheese bags for $9+).

    15. Funnel your favorite coffee into reusable pods that conveniently fit inside your Keurig — you can make a delicious cup of coffee without spending too much on boxes of single-use K-cup pods.

    The purple and mesh pod
    Amazon

    I used to purchase those single-use K-cups in college and they were expensive — to the point where I'd sometimes decide to put another item back so I could still buy the coffee pods.

    Promising review: "If you're worried about landfills, these reusable K-cups are the bomb. They are the exact right size, easy to fill and clean, and they make the perfect cup of coffee. In fact, I find that the coffee made with this leaves less grounds deposits in my cup, so that's actually superior. Anyway, you can save a lot of money by buying medium-ground coffee and filling these little things yourself. You can't go wrong if your goal is to save money and avoid dumping so much in landfills." —David Good

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $13.88.

    16. Save as much money on vino as possible with this vacuum-sealing wine saver. It'll remove air and keep your wine fresh for up to a week. It's perfect if you don't drink a cup a day or if you only use wine for cooking and want to make every bottle last.

    The vacuum sealing device, plus a stopper
    Amazon

    Put the stopper in your open bottle, attach the vacuum sealer, and pump out the air. When you hear the patented click, that means it's sealed! The vacuum seal prevents oxidization (because there's no air next to the wine), preserving the taste.

    Promising review: "This product keeps your red wine good for about a week and is also nice to use on white wine to ensure freshness. I'm so happy I bought it! I like to have a glass of wine or two in the evenings, but I rarely finish a bottle of red within the time it takes the wine to go bad (which I find is three to four days). With this, my red wine lasts about a week and a half!" —LindsayRoseEliz.

    Get a wine saver with eight stoppers from Amazon for $29.99.

    Learn more about this stopper in If You Like Wine, Boy Do You Need This Vacuum-Sealing Bottle Stopper.

    17. Keep your bread fresh for longer by using bread-saving sheets. This way, you won't have to toss moldy loaves five days after you bought 'em, thus saving you from continuously running to the store to purchase more.

    The sheets, which work for bread, bagels, cakes, and muffins
    Amazon

    The sheets contain a blend of spices that naturally prevent fungus and bacteria and last about a month each.

    Promising review: "I have used Fresh Paper for fruits and vegetables, so I wondered if this new product would work for bread. I was really pleased with how well it worked. I had some fresh bagels from my favorite local shop; usually they mold within a few days but when I put a piece of Fresh Paper with them they were still fresh way longer than I expected! It also tested a piece with some dinner rolls I baked myself a few days before Thanksgiving. The ones I didn't bring to the dinner stayed fresh all weekend, and I could use them with dinner the week after!" —C. Elizabeth

    Get a pack of eight sheets from Amazon for $9.45 (in stock on September 1, but you can still order them now).

    18. Make sure you get the very last bit of every product with these mini spatulas. It's perfect for saving on lotion, shampoo, conditioner, condiments, and cosmetics so you can prolong the use of one bottle for at least a week before you really do have to re-purchase.

    A reviewer showing extra makeup removed from the tub using the spatula
    amazon.com

    With a long handle and flexible spatula head, you'll be able to reach far into any container or jar.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! My all time favorite foundation has been discontinued, so naturally I went out and bought a bunch of them. I want to make sure I am getting every drop of foundation I can. I was using a Q-tip, but the cotton was adsorbing the foundation. At first, I thought these spatulas were kind of gimmicky, but thought it was worth a try. OMG, it’s amazing!!! I was able to get so much more foundation out of the bottle! I was able to scrape the sides so clean, you can even see through the glass bottle. I am 100% sold on these little spatulas!" —Natqall

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    19. Finally, add a Wikibuy browser extension so you can not only automatically find coupon codes for most of your online orders, but you can also receive cash back from different retailers when you order.

    A graphic showing a price drop alert of $21 for Airpods
    instagram.com

    I never knew until recently that Wikibuy also gives you cash back on your purchases — I was mainly interested in it for its coupon-finding abilities. But when I actually logged into my Wikibuy account, I saw that I had actually garnered a bit of sweet, sweet money back on some of the purchases I had been making over the last few weeks. Believe me when I say that that was a very pleasant surprise.

    Download it and add it to your browser for free.

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