1. Fill up on fuel mid-week when it’s cheaper.Save fuel money-off vouchers from supermarket receipts
If you’re planning a road trip on the weekend, don’t pay more for petrol by filling up last minute. Keep an eye on the fuel prices through the week.You might feel like an oldie cutting your coupons but 5 cents off every litre adds up.
2.Visit Your Local Library
3.Substitute your $5 coffee for one you made yourself
There’s nothing like the smell of a freshly brewed coffee, but the $3-$5 you’re spending each day on coffee could be put to much better use. If you can’t give it up altogether, switch to home-brewed. Even cutting out the pricey coffee a few days a week can make for significant savings. Or better yet, replace it with hot water, lemon and honey and enjoy the healthy benefits.
Money saved: $30 – $80 per month. $360 – $960 per year. Based on 3-7 drinks per week at $3 each.
4. Use your bike more, walk or get public transport
Cut down on using your car or getting cabs. Leave a bit earlier 😉and get fit!
5. Open a high interest savings account and shop around for a good everyday bank account
You’ve probably been sitting on your everyday bank account for a while. There are cash-back accounts, accounts that charge no ATM fees and accounts that offer interest for your daily banking. Shop around and move your money (most good interest rates expire after a set time). Name your new high interest savings account something motivational like ‘next adventure’ and add to it whenever you can.
6. Sell, sell, sell
See all those unused, unneeded, forgotten belongings cluttering up your closet or basement? Now’s the time to get rid of it all. Host a garage or go the electronic route and post it all on gumtree or ebay. Old clothes, handbags, jewellery, electronics, surfboards etc. I am surrounded by toys and items I never use. I’ve managed to turn this into a few extra grand of travel money
Money earned: $100-$1000 per year.
7. Brown- bag your lunches. Eat out less. Pack your own food for road trips
This is a huge one. Bringing your own lunch to work doesn’t have to mean resigning yourself to an eternity of peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches. Not only is your food likely to be more healthy then what’s available at service stations, but you’ll be less likely to buy snacks if you already have them. Make sure you always have enough drinking water in the car as bottled water is just ridiculously overpriced.
8. When purchasing a flight, use an incognito web browser
Airline booking sites cookie your browser and creep the price up every time you go back to their web page. Go incognito so they don’t know you are returning.
9. Downgrade your phone plan
Negotiate your mobile phone plan and try to reduce your monthly bill. If possible, move off the monthly contract as soon as you can and go on a pay-as-you-go set up.
10. Cut Out Payed TV
11. Stay focused and don’t give up
This is the biggest one. Remember why you are saving and what it means to you. Try to enjoy the process and become more outcome focused as the outcome of saving all this cash will mean you have options to do whatever the hell you like!