Money Saving Tips and Ideas List: (Newest tips at top)
Janet S. of NC
Decide to only use cash when shopping. Then only take a certain amount
of cash with you. No matter what you find, do not spend more than you brought.
Madeline R. of NY
Cut your brillo or sos pads in half. Saves on rusted soap pads and
sharpens scissors at the same time. Your pads last twice as long.
Carol K. of NY
If you burn a pan, soak with hot water and a fabric softener sheet
overnight, the burnt build-up will clean right off.
Karen K. of VA
If you use White-Out, when it becomes very dry - just add water and
it will make it last longer!! Try it.
Adrienne L. of PA
*When my kids crayons get worn down to
the little nubs that they can't (or refuse to) use; rather then throw them
away I put them in foil lined muffin tins and melt them in the oven. Once
they are melted that can be allowed to dry like that for crayon "coins"
or poured into cookie cutters placed on foil or waxed paper. this not only
gets more use out of old crayons but allows for fun shapes and custom colors
or swirls :-)
Cindy S. of NY
Get rid of your ATM card. If the kids ask for money, give them a check.
This alone will save you THOUSANDS per year! Plus it will make them (and
you) PLAN to go the bank and be prepared!
Barbara G. of MI
*Everyone gets plastic bags as we shop
now so I decided to cut them in strips and make hook rugs out of them...I
now have good rugs to put by the door and all they cost me was my time
and a piece of hook rug canvas...they are great because all you have to
do is hose them off....
Christina H. of TX
When your bar of soap is to small to use put them together in some
water. Let soak overnight, mix and now you have liquid soap you can put
in your soap pump.
Elaine M. of CO
I add a package of Kool-Aid to my sun tea for inexpensive flavored
tea. The kids love it. They call it pickle tea because of the odd color.
Janet E. of WI
To save money to rid the yellowing on my white appliances I use 1/2
cup bleach, 1/4 cup baking soda and 4 cups warm water. Apply with a sponge
and let set for 10 minutes. Rise and dry thoroughly. Also I use rubbing
alcohol for shining things. For quick clean ups I use equal parts water
and household ammonia. I also use club soda because it cleans an shines
all at the same time. You can save a lot of money by not buying commercial
waxes and cleaners. Also it is more healthy for your family.
Betty W. of GA
*When one of the grandchildren have out
grown an article of clothing I save it and cut strips for making quilts.
Then they have a memory quilt because it is from their clothing and it
is from Nanna.
The cotton that I get in the top of medicine bottles I save to stuff
small items instead of cotton batting.
Donna S. of WA
Don't buy just because it is on sale. Buy only if you really need it.
Kelly T. of MO
Instead of buying expensive kitty litter. I buy the cheapest and add
a box of baking soda. The box is easier to clean and there is no smell.
To save paper towels, put your glass hall light covers and ceiling fan
light covers in the dish washer. They come out sparkling.
*If you have potatoes that are about to
go bad, I bake them in foil and them throw them in the freezer. When I
want a baked potato I unwrap it and throw it in the microwave. It has that
same great taste and it saves me money, especially when 10 or 20 lb bags
are on sale.
Diane P. of IA
Buy gas Thursday night...they always raise the price on Friday.
Jane T of WA
I put all change for the day in a jar. It really adds up. We use it
for our vacation spending money. One year, we bought a dog!
Jane S. of MO
I shop all year round the clearance section of stores and yard sales
and bargain spots for Christmas presents. Last year I either won all the
gifts or bought them very inexpensively. I gave a lot of gifts this Christmas.
Jan H. of Ontario
Reuse the cardboard that comes with some fat quarters for templates.
Our note: Save cardboard pieces from the packaging of other items that
you buy such as linens and use them to make templates for a variety of
Kathy L. of MI
*Always save an empty laundry detergent
bottle and pour an eighth of the new bottle into the old bottle and add
water until full. This works. It washes the clothes just as well as full
strength detergent and there is not as much suds to be rinsed out of the
clothes. This also saves you money in the long run, because one bottle
ends up equaling eight.
Alice S. of FL
Catch rain water to water the plants.
Sue K. of OH
I make most of my household cleaning products myself. It's a lot cheaper
than buying them and there are some really good web sites for 'recipes'
for making so many of them. Our note: Do a search online for " homemade
cleaning recipes". One such site: http://www.pioneerthinking.com/homecleaning1.html
Karen K. of VA
I have a friend who eats out all the time! Think of all the money you
can save if you prepare all your food at home.
Ilene M. of FL
I use my free coupons on the Buy 1 Get 1 free sales. That way I get
the item free and the second item is free too as it is Buy 1 get 1 free.
Lilly P. of PA
*Using www.freecycle.org and joining a
location near you will enable you to request things you need but don't
want to spend the money for and you can offer things you aren't using rather
than them going into the landfill. Remember one man's junk is another man's
I always look for discontinued items in a store. I've found many times
as much as a 50-75% off.
Our note: Visit the discontinued / clearance section of the store first
to see if you can find the item(s) you need at these greatly reduced prices.
Candy M. of NY
My best shopping tip is to use coupons. I save so much money every
week using coupons. I check all the sales flyers on Sunday, and shop accordingly
with the coupons. Most times I end up getting the items for free.
Lise P. of NB Canada
Visit different brand's websites and print out/order coupons to be
used when buying.
Susan R. of VA
*I cook dinner every night for my daughter
and myself. I always have leftovers, so I make my own tv dinners and freeze
them. I grab a leftover for lunch so I don't eat out daily. I have a few
containers from the local Chinese restaurant that I use to place my leftovers
Nancy S. of MO
I wear a lot of pantyhose. I try to buy the same colors. When one leg
goes bad I don't throw them out, I cut off the leg with the run and save
them. I wear two pair at one time so that I have two legs covered that
don't have runs. This saves me money, no one is wiser and I get more out
of them for the money.
Linda H. of WV
Make all your shopping trips at once for a savings on gas.
Giovanna K. of MN
Always do a search for coupon codes before you buy something online.
You'd be surprised at how many are out there to help you save money.
*I buy most of my family's clothes at the
end of each season when they are all 75-90% off.
Alice S. of FL
Auctions are great for getting things at a much reduced price plus
bidding is fun.
Karen K. of VA
I make my own Pre-spot Laundry Cleaner. I get a large bottle and put
l/3 water in it, then add l/3 of ammonia then lastly, add l/3 of my dishwashing
detergent (liquid). I find that DAWN works best. Great for crayon marks,
ink, blood and other stains. Cheap to make too!
Lyndamae M. of Canada
I do some sewing for my grandchildren.I have used the same patterns
over and over..by using clear mac tac that covers shelves to preserve the
pattern before cutting out the material...it is great because I am not
afraid to lend my patterns to trusted friends...they can't destroy the
original pattern and all the instructions on the patterns remain intact...everyone
is happy and save money.
Kelly T. of MO
Try not to carry a balance on your credit card or cards. The rates
are so expensive.
Deanna C. of MO
To save money on vacation go in the off season. You can save up to
During the spring and summer I go to the local farmers markets late
in the afternoon on Saturday when they are reducing the prices on fruits
Charlotte R. of NY
*I use the junk mail I get and make note
pads. Alot of the junk mail is only printed on one side so I cut it in
fours and staple 8 of these together. I use them in the house for shopping
lists, writing down phone #'s, doctor appointments, directions, etc. My
husband keeps some in his garage to write down measurements, materials
he needs to get, etc. I also keep one in my purse for writing down prices
in stores to compare so I know where to get the best value for my money!
*When I'm doing a special craft project
I check out the Salvation Army Store on 1/2 price day and pick up items
that I can take apart for what I need. I get big stuffed animals for a
dollar and use the eyes, whiskers, stuffing, material etc. for the projects
I'm working on. Dolls also contain many parts I use. A great way to save
alot of money because I'm not having to buy all these things separately
and end up with many extra pieces I don't need. You are saving money and
contributing to a worthwhile cause at the same time.
I recycle my candles I burn by cutting them up in chunks and putting
in candle warmers. I've had some very unique fragrances by combining different
I buy the large (35.3 oz.) jars Walmart brand non-dairy creamer and
when they are empty, I cut the label off and use them to store rice, macaroni,
dried beans, peas, bread crumbs, etc. They are great because you can see
how much is left plus it has a spout so you can pour out what you need.
I just label them with masking tape marked with magic marker and if I change
the contents, I just replace tape. Great for storing items you don't use
all the time - keeps them fresh and bugs out!!
Flora M. of Ontario
I always check the "day-old" rack in the bakery department and check
for "reduced" items in the produce and meat departments at the grocery
store. I make sure I am going to use the meat or produce either the same
or the next day. I have managed to save $15 on fruit trays and $5 or $6
off on steaks (per steak).
AOK Staff Tip:
Always try to buy the generic brands. Often they are the same product
as the brand name only under a different label. Also, shop at WinCo
Foods if there is one in your area.
We hope you enjoyed reading these tips and hope that you
found something new to help you save more money!