100+ Easy Ways to Save Money

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Here are the 100+ best ways to save money. Simple, practical ideas to trim food & household, and other various expenses to save money in small easy steps!

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Most people make resolutions in their lives about one of 3 things: food, health, finances (to save each month or pay off debt). Or all of the above.

It’s easy to have big, lofty goals. The hard part though, is finding ways to implement change in our daily lives to ACHIEVE the big goal.

I totally get that. When I ask new subscribers what their biggest challenge is, 80% of the time it’s related to saving money.

The biggest issue though is where to begin!

To help you kickstart your money savings, I’ve rounded up over 100 of the top money saving tips that I’ve shared over the past few years.

106 Easy Ways to Save Money Save on Food

  • Carve whole chickens into parts instead of buying pieces pre-cut (step-by-step tutorial).
  • Save all the bones – from raw meat and from dinner plates – and make your own bone broth (how to do this in a slow cooker or Instant Pot).
  • Buy whole roasts and stretch them over several meals (example for a whole chicken and a pork loin).
  • Treat meat as a side dish, not the main dish.
  • Stretch meat with whole food fillers (examples).
  • Eat soup for dinner once a week (great soup recipes).

Keep an inventory of what is in the kitchen.

  • Make condiments on an as-needed basis (my favorite condiment recipes).
  • Cook in bulk and freeze to reduce temptations to eat out.
  • Use a spatula to get the last bit out of jars and containers.
  • Save bacon grease and use in lieu of butter or olive oil in cooking.
  • Cook with less expensive produce (carrots, potatoes, onions) more often.
  • Cook with more expensive produce (rhubarb, berries) less often.
A loaf of bread wrapped in a blue kitchen towel. Making your own bread is a great way to save money!
A bowl of homemade granola in a white bowl beside a spoon.
  • Buy about-to-expire milk and make yogurt (tutorial).
  • Regrow food in water (tutorial).
  • Make your own taco seasoning (recipe).
  • Onion soup mix (recipe).
  • Make your own Montreal Steak Seasoning, or Montreal Chicken Seasoning (recipe).
  • Freeze tomato paste (tutorial).
  • Make your own salad dressings.
Lentil and vegetable soup topped with a fluffy scoop of white rice.
  • Buy whole coffee beans and grind them yourself.
  • Make just enough coffee each morning (see how much you can save).
  • Make your own flavored coffee (recipe).

Freeze or refrigerate leftover coffee.

An acorn squash sits beside a jar of dried beans with a bunch of cilantro and 2 sticks of butter. This illustrates how cooking from scratch is an easy way to save money.

Shopping

  • Create a meal plan, or buy one ready to go.
  • Save butter wrappers for greasing pans.
  • Weigh fixed-price, pre-bagged produce and choose the heaviest bag.
  • Keep your grocery receipts (6 reasons why).
  • Create a grocery budget (here’s how).
  • Grocery shop with a flexible list, substituting for what’s on sale.
  •  Know what’s in season.
A hot cup of coffee in a white cup beside a coffee pot. Making your own coffee is a great way to save money.
  • Price compare different stores and different markets in your area (use a price book).
  • Review the circulars each week.
  • Walk the entire produce section, or entire market, before deciding on a purchase.
  • Shop the Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen for organic purchases (find the current list here).
  • Know when your stores mark down foods each week.
  • Buy marked down, clearance, bruised or “seconds” produce in lieu of pretty produce.
  • Purchase family-favorite items in bulk from Amazon or Thrive Market.
  • Buy extra food when it’s a good deal, then freeze (tutorial) or dehydrate (tutorial) for later.
  • Don’t buy a lot of an ingredient you’re trying for the first time.
  • Know where you can get the best deals on items you buy on a regular basis.
  • Know how to save at your favorite store (Costco, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Dollar Store, Aldi, Sprouts).
Freshly cooked and dried beans displayed on top of a wedge of burlap.

When you find a good deal on cheese, buy in bulk and freeze it.

  • Compare prices of items in-store, like cheese in the dairy case versus cheese in the specialty section.
  • Buy generic over name brand (but always read the ingredients).
  • Be intentional and strategic with shopping and driving (my strategy).
  • Categorize your spending to see where your money is really going (example).
  • Subscribe to a CSA (things to consider).
  • Create budgets for the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Halloween).
  • Maximize your holiday savings when shopping online (how to do this).
  • When a pantry staple goes up in price, find ways to work around it (example using milk).
  • Buy quality foods when it counts (example using olive oil).
Bentonite clay is an excellent detoxifier. A spoon of clay sits beside a small bowl of homemade toothpaste.

Save on Natural Self Care

  • Make your own toothpaste (recipe).
  • Keep bars of soap out of water so they dry thoroughly.
  • Cut bars of soap in half (more tips here).
  • Make bars of soap out of soap scraps (tutorial).
  • Make your own hand soap (recipe).
  • Hair conditioner (tutorial).
  • Make your own lip balm (recipe).
  • Cut the ends off tubes like toothpaste to get the last bit out (proof of savings).
Freshly folded hand towels (two brown, and one white) beside a green plant in a terracotta plant.

Household Ways to Save

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