Saving money is never easy, especially with all of the taxes and bills that come around each month, but it’s always nice to be able to put something back into your savings account or perhaps even treat yourself to something special. With that in mind, Money-Wise compiled this handy list of tips on how you can save some cash so you can take care of those little extras in life. After all, a penny saved is a penny earned.
Plan your meals in advance
Planning your meals is a great way to ensure you’re eating healthy regularly. It doesn’t need to be complicated just set aside some time at least once per week (Sunday night is a great time) and figure out what you want to eat each day during that upcoming week. Write it down, then go shopping and buy everything you need so it’s ready when you are.
Make meals in bulk
Prepare meals in bulk and store them in convenient containers so they’re ready when you need them. This saves time and stops you from ordering take-out all of the time. It can also help prevent you from overspending on food as you won’t be tempted to buy snacks on impulse. For example, making a big batch of soup is an easy way to ensure that you have a nutritious meal at hand during those busy days when you don’t have time to cook anything else. As well as saving yourself money, eating healthily is one of the best things you can do for your body, too.
Organize your receipts
Instead of letting your receipts stack up in a drawer, get into a habit of keeping them filed away by date. This will make it easier to keep track of your expenses, and you can use receipt information when doing taxes. Additionally, if you have a smartphone with an app like Evernote or Dropbox, some apps help scan and file receipts electronically. It’s so easy that it’s almost silly not to do it.
Freeze food and use up leftovers
Most people are guilty of leaving perfectly good food in their fridge, only to be forced to throw it away when they have no more room. For example, forget that bag of chopped onion in your crisper drawer freeze it, and use it next time you’re cooking a batch of soup or chili. This will also help keep your produce fresh longer. If you find yourself with leftovers after a meal, try storing them in individual containers so they can be easily used later on.
You can even freeze leftovers if you don’t plan on eating them right away just make sure to leave enough space at the top of each container so that it doesn’t spill over when defrosted. These two simple steps will help ensure that nothing goes to waste.