36 Simple Hacks That Could Save You $9,000


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Want a heap of extra cash? (Need we ask?) These quick ideas add up to a major payday:

Buy in Bulk: Through Amazon’s Subscribe and Save service, get stuff you know you need (such as diapers and toilet paper) monthly at a discount and save at least $40 per year.

Head for the Freezer: Going for the fish in the freezer case—rather than at the seafood counter—lops up to 40 percent off the price, making a cod fillet as much as $3.20 cheaper per pound. If your family of four eats fish once per week, you pocket almost $125 annually!

Concoct Homemade Cleaners: D.I.Y. alternatives–most can be made from a combo of baking soda, white vinegar, hand soap, lemon juice and tea tree oil–will save $40 a year.

Buy Store Brands: A study by Consumer Reports says you can save 15 percent to 30 percent on groceries by filling your cart with store-brand alternatives, which come with a money-back guarantee. Making the switch can save your family as much as $1,176 this year.

Drive Better: The Automatic device ($100, automatic.com) corresponds with an app to critique your driving. It gives tips to cut your gas bill by a third. If you typically spend $3,000, you’ll pocket $900 the first year.

Take Your Lunch to Work: Recent research makes this familiar tip worth repeating: According to a survey by Accounting Principals, a financial recruiting company, two thirds of workers spend an average of $37 per week on lunch. Brown-bag it and, with raw ingredients adding up to half of what takeout does, you’ll save $962.

Skip the Soda: For the next 12 months, give up ordering soft drinks whenever you eat out. Ask for water instead. If you make this soda swap just once a week, you’ll rack up $104 in savings in a year.

Cook With the Right Pot: Don’t put a 6-inch pot on an 8-inch burner! Reducing wasted heat can save $36 on an electric range or $18 on gas annually.

Pick a Bone: Most people know that a whole chicken costs a lot less than boneless skinless parts, but buying bone-in parts can still mean big savings: about $613 a year per family.

Freeze Your Gym Membership: Putting your membership on hold usually incurs a small fee–sometimes as little as $10 per month–compared with $55 a month for the membership. Come June, July and August, instead of sweating indoors, hike and bike alfresco to save $135.

  • B

    You mentioned that you save only $10 by growing your own herbs, but I’ve saved waaay more than that by growing my ‘basic’ herbs – mint, basil, rosemary, oregano, and lavender. You can save even more by growing your own vegetables, which are fairly hard-to-kill and easy to grow in small-med size containers :)

    • Emily Alesantrino

      I agree! Not to mention that my coworkers are usually excited to take anything I have too much of; so it creates good will at the office. Just not more zucchini! :D