10 Ways To Save Money By Treating Yourself At Home
Want to save money? Tighten the purse strings or just on a strict budget? Here are some ideas of ways to save money buy skipping the stores and taking care of things at home. Save money each day so you have more to pay off bills or put in savings.
1- Wash your own car. Might take some time but it can be done and will save you $20. You can vacuum it with a hand vacuum to get all the nooks and crannies and use a shammy to get the car dry and streak-free.
2- Don’t buy books. Borrow them from your local library instead. Some libraries even let you order online for easy pick up. You can also find a local Little Libraries.
3- Bypass the Starbucks drive-thru. By a coffee maker, espresso machine or make tea at home. Save $5. I love adding TrueCitrus Crystallized lemon and lime to my water for a flavorful drink. It is has zero calories and zero sugar too.
4-Skip dessert in a restaurant. Save $10. If you normally go out for dessert on the weekends, or have dessert in a restaurant after dinner this is a great alternative. Treat yourself to a healthy frozen dessert with Yonanas. The machine is super easy and fast. Just add frozen fruit and you have an instant treat that tastes like a soft-serve ice cream. Try out different types of fruit or do a few. Kids can help too and clean up is quick. Definitely cheaper than going out for an ice cream.
5-Do your own facial. Save $20. Skip the spa (ack, those costs a lot of money) and do your own facial. 7th Heaven has all sorts of masks and peels. Add moisture, rejuvenate, cleanse and scrub. They come in one-use packages so there is no mess and they smell amazing. I love how fresh and clean my face feels after using them. My kids fight over them too.
6- Instead of paying an expensive spa for skin treatment try LaDifference by LDC Cosmetics. This hydrating serum is for women ages 40+ and is the perfect tonic to treat aging skin. Especially if you’ve been in the sun all summer. Try this instead of a facelift for tighter skin with clinically-proven ingredients.
7- If you have a gym membership and never go, or not much at all either step up your game or workout at home. Save $25. You can go for a walk or bike ride, o a workout video or even some yoga. I like to grab a friend and walk the track at the park. I love these yoga pants from JillYoga. They have lots of active wear for girls and women.
8- Make breakfast at home. Save $10. Even a quick breakfast (like a danish at Starbucks) isn’t cheap. If you shop ahead and stock up than it is easier to give yourself 10 minutes to sit down and have a bowl of cereal. I love Barbara’s Cereal and granola. The cereal I just add milk to. The granola I like to add to my Greek yogurt. Barbara’s cereal is high in fiber and protein and is GMO-Free. I love that they have no artificial flavors or colors and they taste fantastic.
9- Buy inexpensive reading glasses. If you have a slight vision problem and just see the difference for reading than skip the expensive exam and buy some glasses from Readers.com This in no way replaces the need for eye exams and eye care but is a great way to save a few hundred dollars. Right now you can save 40% off of one item with promo code MYSTYLE40.
10- No mud baths here. Treat yourself to a relaxing bath with sugar scrub and sea salt body soak. Both are a great way to unwind and have some ‘me time’ for yourself. Both made by Luxe By Mr Bubble (that same company with the bubble bath for kids) and available in Original Bubble scent and Sweet & Clean scent. Bath melts, moisturizing milk and bath bombs are also available.11 Forget the outrageously expensive laser hair removal and get better quality razors and shaving cream. I love Cremo (besides the silly name). They have both men and women’s shaving products. The shaving cream is concentrated so a tiny bit goes a long ways. It is activated by hot water. The Coconut Mango is my favorite scent. It also comes in Original and Lavender Bliss.
12- Cook in bulk and skip eating out. Especially if you are busy. The time I buy fast food the most is when we are running around and didn’t plan ahead. We get home late after sports and classes. Everyone is hungry and there is nothing to eat. Now I try to either cook in the crockpot or cook two or three meals and store it in food storage containers to heat up and eat quickly. I love this Instavac set by Ozeri. Each container is BPA-Free and has a seal to let the air out as much as possible. If you are trying to cook for the week these go in the freezer and then you can pull out and put straight in the microwave.
Some of this is bigger than others but it all adds up. You can save hundreds of dollars by doing things at home more and being more frugal in your choices.
What is your ‘save money by doing it at home’ idea?