7 Ways That You’re Wasting Money … Every Day

ways you're wasting money every dayMaking the right money-saving choices on the big things tends to be easy. Let's face it: No matter how much you want that latest must-have phone, you're going to give some careful consideration to the idea of buying one that tops 500 bucks versus a cell phone that costs $100.

But it isn't just the money that gushes out of your wallet all at once that matters—you can lose just as much in a constant, slow drip. Although you may hardly notice when you spend a dollar more than you need here and there, if you do it every day, it can add up to a significant sum.

Here are some ways that you're probably wasting dollars every day—and some easy changes that you can make to plug those slow cash leaks.

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  • Katya

    I’ve started to only bring my own lunch and breakfast to work and make my own dinner, and I have saved a total of $200 in just two weeks.

    • Stephanie

      Katya, Aren’t you just amazed how much money we are wasting eating at work!? I know I have been in the last week I have spent 5 dollars on snacks/soda at work, and I can’t believe it! I could have just bought a 12 pack and a bag a chips and come out cheaper!

      • Katya

        Stephanie, I’ve started to pre-pack salads for the week. If I don’t want a salad, I bring leftovers. It saves me so much time and money! The vending machine may spit out a bag of chips for a dollar, but every dollar adds up!

  • http://twitter.com/CodyMeyer_MTM Cody Meyer

    You really shouldn’t be paying any ATM fee’s ever. Any good bank will reimburse you those fees, and if they aren’t, it’s time to find a better bank!

  • Lisa

    On the way out the door, my husband and I switch off the breakers in our apartment. It has definitely reduced our electricity bill. We leave on the one for the fridge but everything else gets shut off.

  • Mara

    I stopped the coffee breaks and eating out as soon as I started tracking my expenses and I never thought I could save so much!

  • aokimoonchild

    They now sell power strips that have plugs that automatically sense when the device is not in use and turn off the power feed; they sell them at Best Buy and they have sales on them from time to time. I bought one for the AV setup in my daughter’s bedroom.

  • Zoe T.

    With regard to ATMs, you can also get charged a fee (up to $1) for checking your balance as well.

  • PH

    I think there’s some faulty math with the tires thing- you say it’s 0.4% and then say it’s an extra gallon of gas for every 25 (4%)- a 10x difference

  • Deb Kelly

    I follow these the majority of the time; however, it is fun to go out with the co-workers once in awhile.

    • nkdeck07

      Kinda my problem with the coffee thing. It’s not so much that I am paying for the coffee, I am paying to get out of the office for a bit and take a walk with my co-workers.

  • Mariah Kendall

    Not all states carry the same grades of gas OCTANE is what to look at, example: in Utah regular $3.10gal (the cheap stuff) is 85 octane.
    Then in Washington and/or Oregon regular $3.10gal (the cheap stuff) is 87 octane.

    So my vehicle states 87 octane or more – if I get gas in Utah then i have to get 87 (plus) and it’s $3.21gal, but I can get the same octane (87) in other states (the cheap stuff) and its going to cost “the cheap stuff” @ 3.10gal.. ???
    and if I put multiple tanks of the Utah “cheap” 85 octane @ $3.10gal – my car looses approximately 50 miles per tank and the engine starts sounding ruff..

    just a little something I have picked up on..