If you’ve been to Frugal Rules before or if you’ve been in to personal finance for more than a minute, chances are good that you already know of some excellent ways to save money. Last week, I shared 44 super easy ways to save money that can help you reach any goal. Chonce also recently wrote about 5 simple ways to save money if you’re wanting to buy your first home (something she and her family are currently working toward.)
So, you very likely already know common ways to save money like tracking your spending or cutting cable. However, what about uncommon ways to save money?
Below I’ve listed a few unique ways to save money that I’ve recently heard about or used myself. Hopefully, they can help you save a few bucks too!
4 uncommon ways to save money
1. Sign Up for a “Buy Nothing” Group
Have you heard of the Buy Nothing Project? I first heard about it from another blogger, and I’m so glad that a group exists in my local area. You can see if there is a Buy Nothing group near you, and if not, you can always start one.
The group is just like it sounds and is one of the best ways to save money. It’s a place for members of a community to give (and take) items freely. My group operates on Facebook, and it’s only for people who live in my city.
I literally just picked up a 7×10 rug for free on my Buy Nothing group. I’ve also gotten a lamp and a half gallon of paint that I used to paint my front door. I really love the group, and it’s a great way to furnish your house or borrow equipment for a project without spending any money at all.
2. Roast Your Own Coffee
Roasting your own coffee beans is becoming more mainstream. That may be because the cost of coffee is predicted to rise this year. If that pans out, it might make it harder to afford high quality coffee in the future. One of the fun ways to save money is to make your own coffee!
There are many different websites that offer detailed explanations on how to roast your own coffee. The great news is that you can actually do it with a hot air popcorn popper, which is very inexpensive.
This isn’t something I’ve tried myself yet, but I do buy a lot of coffee, so it’s something I would consider.
3. Sign Up for a Grocery Delivery Service
You might think that getting your groceries delivered is only for the rich and famous, but that’s just not so. There are many different companies that offer this service today. Some of them include:
I’ve tried Amazon Fresh, Kroger ClickList (where they deliver groceries to your car), and most recently, Shipt.
I signed up for Shipt at the beginning of the year when their membership was 50 percent off for the year. So, instead of paying $100 for a year of service, I only paid $50.
That comes down to about $4 per month or around $1 per weekly grocery order. That’s not bad in my opinion, especially because Kroger ClickList costs $5 per order and you have to drive there.
Nope, I’m now an advocate for grocery delivery services because it enables me to truly stay within my budget. Many people who haven’t tried this yet wouldn’t think it could be one of the best ways to save money, since it seems like it would cost more money to have someone pick and deliver your groceries instead of doing it yourself.
But, I’ve found that when I order my groceries ahead of time, I can’t throw a bag of cookies in my basket in the check out line at Trader Joe’s. Moreover, my kids can’t beg for all those brightly colored things they see at eye level, so I end up spending less on groceries, which is a great way to save money.
4. BYOB to Dinner
I used to live in a town in New Jersey where tons of restaurants actually encouraged you to bring your own alcohol to dinner. This not only made dinner more fun, but it saved money too.
Think about it. If you go out to eat a nice meal once a month and you order a glass of wine or a beer, you’re paying double and sometimes triple the cost of what it would be to buy it at the store.
If you like having alcohol with your dinner, bringing your own bottle is a simple way to save more money. You can avoid the mark up and save some serious money just by bringing your own alcohol. Seek out restaurants that don’t have a corking fee (a charge they’ll sometimes tack on for opening your own bottle for you.) You can find this information on a restaurant website or give them a call.
(If you don’t want to sound cheap, you can always say, “I want to bring a special bottle of wine for a date. Do you have a corking fee?”)
Ultimately, there are many different ways to save money that aren’t mainstream. Saving money doesn’t always mean cutting coupons or buying generic. It’s really about knowing where your money is going and trying to find a way to lower those costs that works with your lifestyle.
What are some uncommon or unusual ways to save money that you use in your daily life? What’s one thing you won’t do to save money? What’s your favorite way to save money?
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