Avoid Buy One Get One Free Offers
These are a waste of money for two reasons.
First they encourage you to buy more of an item than you really need.
Second they are often not true offers because the shops will increase the price of the item and you get a false discount.
Only buy what you need.
Buy Own Brand Goods
If you buy something with a brand name, you are wasting money on the maker’s advertising. It doesn’t matter whether it is clothes, cars or food, companies spend millions trying to persuade you to buy their goods and you foot the bill.
You can save a small fortune over the course of a year by switching to own brand products which are often even made in the same factories as the big brand goods.
Why Buy New?
There are certain things that we buy that we can find used and save a ton of money on.
Cars are the obvious one, why pay sales tax on a brand new car when you can buy used and put the savings to work for you.
Clothes are another area you can save money. Nowadays even the wealthy are tightening their belts and selling their unwanted items. Thrift shops often have barely worn designer clothes available for a fraction of the price you pay in the shops. Another good place to find good, cheap clothes is the internet, eBay and Craigslist are the bargain-hunter’s friend!
Join a Library
If you read a lot of books why spend money on them that you can use to pay your debts when they are free to borrow at your local library. More and more libraries even lend out eBooks now for reading on Kindles.
If you have friends who read, arrange book-swaps and save that way too.
Don’t Waste Food
I know it sounds obvious, but don’t throw away good food. If you have leftovers why not use a crockpot to prepare a delicious meal for when you come home from work. Not only does this save you money, but time as well. I sometimes think my wife loves her crockpot more than me!
If you are not doing so already, collect coupons wherever you see them. Not only will this save you money, but they can also help pay for the occasional treat, something you would not normally buy.