Guest post by Sam from Grad Money Matters
Here is a quick to-do list you can tackle this weekend to save some money:
1. Unscrew one (or two or five) light bulbs from your bathroom light fixture.
I have never understood what the fascination is with having so many light bulbs in the bathroom. Frankly, one CFL bulb on the sink is all I care about!
2. Freeze your credit cards – literally!
If you have credit cards, put them in a ziptop freezer bag, pour water until all the cards are submerged, squeeze the air out, seal, and shove it in the freezer.
3. Make some snacks (cookies, trail mix etc.) and package them into single-serving packs.
It is a lot cheaper (and healthier) to take your own snacks with you than buying pre-packaged stuff. And, if you have your children help, it’s a fun way to spend some quality time with them, too.
4. Look through your dresser for clothes that need quick mending.
A missing button can make a shirt completely useless, and it takes less than five minutes and minimal skills to stitch a button back on.
5. Ditch the phone landline.
If you tend to make a lot of calls during day time, check out cheaper options like Skype or Magic Jack. If you tend to call mostly on night/weekends, a cell phone might suffice.
6. Cook or prepare and refrigerate/freeze some food.
Having a part of the meal (or the entire meal) ready in the fridge/freezer can go a long way in cutting down the impulse to eat out.
7. Check the pressure of your tires and fill air if needed.
Keeping the tires properly inflated can result in better gas mileage.
8. Seal any leaky faucets, windows that let the draft out.
It’s time to take care of some of the items on your honey-do list that are costing you ka-ching!
9. Change the A/C duct filters, if you have not done so recently.
Clean filters not only improve the efficiency of the A/C but are better for your health, too!
10. Collect some coupons.
Sort through your Sunday newspaper and save the coupons. Don’t get the paper? Print some coupons online for things you are planning to buy on your next shopping trip.
11. Spend some time reading articles on how to save (a ton of) money at stores like CVS and Walgreens.
Be warned though, this could get pretty addictive. Don’t buy things you don’t need just because they are cheap!
12. Cancel unused subscriptions.
Have magazines that are hardly ever read or gym that is rarely used? Get rid of them and save yourself some cash!
See, its a simple list and its hardly any work at all. Even if you scratch off only a few of the items on the list, I bet you will still manage to save some money.
What are some of your quick tips for saving some money over a weekend?
Sam is as fanatical about making more money as she is about saving money. Check out the massive collection of money-making ideas she has put together on her site.