How to Save $5 a Day

If you’re like me, you’re on a budget. Some months it’s very tight, others not quite as
tight. But every month we watch what we spend carefully. This is a very good habit to
get into, regardless of what our income is. And if we’re fortunate enough to get to the
point where we don’t need to watch our budgets quite as closely as we used to, there are
plenty of great causes out there that need our money more than McDonald’s does.

Can you image saving $5 day? It’s possible, depending on your current spending habits.
That’s about $150 per month and approximately $1,800 over the course of a year. I don’t
know about you, but I could use an extra $1,800 at the end of the year. Some people
could accomplish this task merely by cutting Starbucks out of their daily habits. Others
could do it just by taking leftovers to work everyday instead of buying lunch with the rest
of the gang.

But if neither of those scenarios are options for you, below are 11 ways to save money, in
no particular order. Pick out the ones that might work for you and then starting saving $5
a day. I guarantee the extra cash will come in handy.

 Use caulk and weather stripping to cut down on drafts in your home and save
money on heating and air conditioning bills.

 Go to the library instead of the bookstore. Most libraries probably have a lot
of great books you’ve never read and plenty of music you want to hear.

 Eat soup as a meal and not an appetizer. It’s healthy and tasty, and if you
make your own soup, you’ll save even more cash.

 Drain cleaners are expensive and not particularly good for your pipes. Clean out drains yourself with a long plastic “snake.” It can be a bit gross, but it’s
worth it.

 Ceiling fans are well worth their price. They cool things off in the summer
and keep heat from rising too high in the winter. They will limit the amount of
time your AC and furnace need to run.

 Whenever possible, buy store-brand products rather than name brands.

 If you use vinegar in the rinse cycle, you won’t need fabric softener or dryer
sheets. Vinegar is also good for cleaning your toilet.

 Speaking of cleaning, instead of expensive bathtub cleanser, try inexpensive
baking soda.

 Grow a garden. It’s easier said than done, but you’ll save a lot more than $5 a
day by eating food you’ve grown.

 Drink more water and less soda and other beverages.

 Restaurant bills can really pile up when you’re on vacation. Choose a hotel
that offers a Continental breakfast and take snacks with you that you can eat
for lunch. Then you can enjoy a guilt-free dinner.

Do you have any money-saving ideas you’d like to share? Hope to hear from you about


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