9 Weird Ways to Save Money
If you’re working long shifts or have the kids at home, you’re probably running out of ways to earn extra funds. Now it’s time to cut down on what you are spending. Paying off debt and living life to the fullest is all about bringing in more than you are sending out (and using all that extra to pay down your debts). Sometimes, though, saving money isn’t as easy as it sounds. If you have already tried some of the “normal” ways to save money, here are a few weird ones to kick you into gear!
9 Weird Ways to Save Money
As some of you may know already, my wife and I are on a journey to pay down our giant sum of debt (to the tune of almost $200,000). We just set an official big, scary goal of paying it off in only THREE years (you can see that HERE). For the record, my wife and I have a fairly low income compared to our debt – in fact, our debt is well over three times our combined income which means three years is a little bit unrealistic.
But a goal is a goal and we are going to do everything we can to reach it.
We have cut our expenses like crazy, worked hard to earn some extra money, but our big, scary goal means that we need to go even farther – and maybe even get a little WEIRD – as we search for ways to save money.
Here are our 9 favorite weird ways to save money (so far):
1. Stop Buying Bread & Pasta Altogether
One of the first things I hear when people say that they are looking to save money is that food is SO expensive. They follow that up, of course, with the need to use fillers (such as bread and pasta) at over half of their meals each week. The thing people don’t realize is how expensive these two items are.
I know what you are thinking. You can pop over to your local grocery store and pick up both for less than five bucks, but what if I told you that by making them at home you can pay for both of them for only $1.19. Would that change the way you feel about purchasing bread and pasta?
Over the course of ONE YEAR that would save you a grand total of $396.24!
Want to know how?
Here’s a link to our post: Making Homemade Bread can save you TONS
& Here’s a link to our post: Homemade Pasta can Help You to Save over $100
Of our weird ways to save money, this is by far my favorite because it tastes SO good.
2. Stop Using Shampoo
Yes, you read that right and yes, it does seem a little crazy, but that’s the whole point, right? To get a little bit WEIRD with our ways to save money so that you can find NEW ways that you haven’t thought about yet. So, we have to include this one and it’s one of the most recent.
Toward the end of our No Spend Challenge (read about the challenge HERE), we ran out of shampoo in our home. I’ll admit, this caused a brief moment of panic because due to the rules of the challenge, we were not allowed to buy any shampoo to replace it.
We knew we still had to go out in public though for the remaining week of the challenge. How were we going to do that without shampoo? Wouldn’t our hair become unbearably greasy?
We took the No Poo Challenge. We have been on it for a month so far and my hair feels better than it has ever felt. Want to try a natural way to clean your hair and a weird way to save money?
Check out our post: Why We Took the No Poo Challenge
3. We Went an ENTIRE Month Without Spending
As long as we are on the topic of the No Spend Challenge, let’s add that to the list. We went the entire month of January without spending ANY money. (okay, we did spend money on gas to get to work, but that was it)!
Over the course of the month we saved a whopping grand total of $2075.62!
Would you stop spending for an entire month to save that? We certainly would.
4. We Changed Our Cell Phone Plan
We have always been the type of people to just stick with the familiar. It probably has to do with the fact that we are both from the Midwest and both attend a Lutheran church. Change…? What’s that?
That being said, our cell phone plan was charging us an outrageous $230 per month for two phones with unlimited talk, text, and data. WOWZA! That’s INSANE.
So, we decided to switch it up and go with a lesser known company. This company gives out phone plans for as little as $5 per month. Yep, $5 PER MONTH!
You can read more about them by reading our post: Cheap Cell Phone Plan to Save You $3000
5. We Started Using a Cash Budgeting System
Of our weird ways to save money, this one may seem a little silly. You may think to yourself: whether you use cash or credit, it’s still the same amount, right?
Well, yes, you are right…. Technically… But think about this: When you swipe a card, you don’t really notice the cash leaving. If your account is empty, you can continue swiping – though the fees become outrageous and it’s not really recommended.
However, there have been studies that have shown that when handing over cash, there is an instant reaction of physical pain for a split second. It legitimately pains you to hand over cash – that’s why it’s so much harder to justify buying a soda at the gas station when you have to break a twenty for it as opposed to swiping your card.
Not only that, but it also is a very visible way to see where your money is and when it’s gone, it’s gone.
If you want to read more about this, we did a whole post – click HERE to read it now!
6. We Starting Growing Our Food from SCRAPS
We know a lot of people who grow gardens in their backyards and we always thought that was nice, but it sure looks like a lot of work. Then we started doing the math.
Whenever we go to a grocery store, the things that we pay the most for our produce and meats. Well, we certainly do not have the land, funds, or knowledge to start raising cattle and chickens, but we are doing well enough to start our own garden, right?
So, we took apart a tomato, a few onions, some celery and planted them. Soon we had our own garden sprouting up inside our home – in our DINING ROOM! How crazy is that?
And it’ll save us tons of money. Which is exactly what we want.
Read our post: Are You Ready to Learn How to Grow Your Own Food?
7. We Started Canning Food
Once our garden began sprouting we knew that we needed to find a way to preserve the food. Each week we found ourselves throwing out produce that we had not used up and the waste was killing us. It was time to find a change to fix the problem.
So, we learned how to can our foods and keep them for years! Now, I know what you are thinking: why is this on your list of weird ways to save money?
Well, let’s think about this. How many people do you know, under the age of 40, who still can foods? The truth is that most millennials know that canned foods are readily available for cheap at the grocery store so they don’t see a point in canning their own.
But it can save you TONS and cut down on your food waste tremendously.
Check out our post: Save Money on Food by Learning to Can
8. We Make Our Own Cleaning Products
Fun fact: It’s not just shampoo that you can make on your own. You can also make your own household cleaning products! We clean our toilets, our counter tops, our fridge, our carpets, and even our laundry with our own cleaning products that we made for cheap!
Let me tell you something: baking soda and vinegar can go a long, long way.
Not only are these products cheaper, but they create a healthier environment at our home. We no longer are surrounded by dangerous chemicals for no reason – instead, our home is free and clear and that’s just how we like it.
Want to try it for yourself? Check out our post: Homemade Cleaning Products for a Cleaner Home
9. We Cut the Cord on Cable and Subscriptions
Do you realize how much money you spend each month for entertainment? Even if you set yourself an entertainment budget, you’re still going way over what you think you are. That’s because you’re probably including newspaper subscriptions, cable, and magazine subscriptions into your monthly bills instead of your entertainment fund.
And the truth is: by doing that you are wasting thousands of dollars.
We found ways to cut the cord on cable and subscriptions without missing out. We still see all our favorite shows and are caught up on all the news, but we pay only a fraction of the cost. And you can, too!
Check out our post: Cutting the Cord on Cable and Subscriptions
9 Weird Ways to Save Money
There you have it! A list of 9 weird ways to save money that my wife and I already use. Don’t worry, there are plenty more to come, but this list will certainly get you started if you are looking to save a ton of money and live your life to the fullest!
What’s the weirdest thing you have done to save money?
Leave your response in the comments below!
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