Everyone talks about how to save money on groceries, but we found a few other places where we could make some simple changes and save money as well. In 2011 we began making changes to how we spent our money. There are 3 things in particular that we changed.
We use to go out for lunch at least 2 times a week. Most times it was because we were already out doing other errands or appointments, but sometimes it was just because we didn’t feel like making something at home.
Lunch typically cost $20 for the 2 of us. So we were spending $40 a week or $160 a month on lunches. Not only was that not good for our wallet but it wasn’t good for our health either. Our favourite meal back then was chicken fingers and fries at Dairy Queen. Full of carbs, which certainly wasn’t good for either one of us.
Last June we stopped going to Dairy Queen, and we stopped going out twice a week, both for health and money reasons.
We actually only eat at restaurants once a month, which costs us around $35.00.
When we made the decision to stop eating out so much I thought we would feel deprived, but we actually feel much happier and healthier.
Ahhhh... Starbucks. For a while there it seemed as if we owned shares in Starbucks. There was a time when we went to Starbucks everyday of the week, spending $8.72 a day between the 2 of us.
We were spending close to $3,182.80 a year at Starbucks.
Now we make our Starbucks drinks at home and maybe once a week, if we are out doing errands, we grab a drink at Starbucks.
You don’t realize how much you spend on getting your hair done several times a year until money gets really tight.
I use to get my hair coloured twice a year and cut 4 times a year. One day I came out of the hair salon and told my husband that my colour and cut cost $170. Neither of us could believe that I had just spent that much on my hair. But I was actually doing that twice a year. Just a cut was costing me between $50 and $60. That is approximately $440 a year just for my hair.
When I was in college my girl friends and I would colour each other’s hair. So I figured I better start doing that again.
Now instead of having my hair coloured at the hair salon I buy a box of Garnier Hair colour crème for $9.99 and my husband helps me colour my hair.
Although these are all simple changes we really have saved a lot of money by doing things differently.
What simple changes have you made to save yourself some money?