Our Best Money-Saving Advice from 2018
We’re going to go out on a limb and assume that, right about now, your wallet is begging for mercy. Are we on the money (pun intended)?
It makes sense: The brutal combination of non-stop gift-buying, holiday merriment, and run-of-the-mill end-of-year expenditures really add up! We’ve been worried this might happen, though, and have been dishing out lots of good money-saving advice all year long.
With New Year’s resolutions looming just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look back at our best budget advice. Here are our 10 best tips to help you now and all through 2019.
1. Shop for snacks in surprising places.
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2. Spend a little bit of money now on lunch containers you can trust.
It doesn’t help anyone if you pack a soup and it leaks all over your bag (then you have no lunch and possibly need to get a new laptop!). Stock up on our favorite lunch containers.
3. Be smarter when it comes to your shopping on your favorite websites.
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4. Buy a Costco rotisserie chicken or two.
Okay, you know how some experts (us included!) have said to go meatless for a few days to save money? Well on other days, get a Costco rotisserie chicken (or two) for $4.99. You’ll be surprised at how far one rotisserie chicken can go. Some ideas: 10 Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken to Make Dinner Tonight
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5. Simplify unnecessarily complicated recipes.
Is there a recipe that you can’t wait to try, but for some reason it has an absurdly long recipe list? Simplify it! For example, there’s no reason you need nine ingredients to make fancy tomato toast. We promise this tomato toast is just as tasty (if not tastier). If possible, apply this philosophy to other recipes, too.
6. Think before you use a coupon.
Have you ever used a coupon just for the sake of it? Perhaps you loaded up on four boxes of cereal just because you had a coupon — and you don’t even typically eat cereal? Instead of taking advantage of every deal that comes your way, be super intentional about which deals are right for you. Then you’ll actually save money instead of spending more.
7. Buy store the brand when it makes sense.
Store brands are typically way cheaper than the brand-name versions, by almost half in some cases. While buying one brand versus another may only save you pennies at a time (sometimes dollars, though), over the long term that’s going to add up.
8. Download the Ibotta app.
Here’s an easy way to save that you might not know about: The Ibotta app helps to streamline the process of earning cash back for shopping at stores you likely already frequent. This includes major grocery retailers like Costco, Kroger, Meijer, Publix, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Stop & Shop, Target, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and more. Just download the app, choose offers before you shop, upload a photo of your receipt when you’re done, and then redeem. You’ll get cash back within 48 hours.
9. Plan out your weekly menu so you don’t have to make multiple trips to the store.
10. Order the lunch special if you want takeout for dinner.
Most restaurants offer super good deals to draw in the crowds during the day. To save money for those lazy nights you absolutely have to order in, pick up the lunch special and reheat it for dinner. It’s easy! You just have to think ahead!
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How are you planning to save money in 2019? Leave your brilliant tips in the comments below!