Budgeting Tips

Reuse what you have. Instead of throwing those plastic grocery bags away, store them in a dispenser to use later as trash bags in small wastebaskets. You’ll save money by not having to purchase special smaller trash bags.

Use those bags anytime you need a disposable tote. Keep a couple in the car to use for trash disposal, in a diaper bag for soiled diapers and in a beach/pool bag to hold wet swimsuits.

Get several reusable water bottles instead of water in disposable plastic bottles. Fill up your water bottles for the week and place them in the refrigerator. Every morning you can simply grab one and go!

Upcycle! It’s the practice of "taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value". Turn old clothing into quilts, pillows and curtains. Flea market and yard sale finds add personality to your home with a fresh coat of paint.

Just because your budget has shrunk doesn’t mean you have to feel the squeeze by giving up color and fun! You can get "bang" and "pop" for much less than you’d expect!

A fresh coat of paint on walls, furniture and even items like lamps and boxes can transform a room for the cost of a can of paint. And the great thing is, if you decide you don’t like it or want to change the colors again, you can simply paint over it!

Need some colorful accessories? Our foldable fashion CD organizers come in a set of 5 assorted bright, happy colors. Matching organizing boxes and document boxes are also available.

More and more frequently, people are discarding their weekends at the movie theater in favor of a DVD rental, movie channels or streaming video.

Why? One of the big reasons is you can pop a huge bowl of popcorn and enjoy a movie in the comfort and privacy of your own home for the fraction of the cost of a trip to the movies.

Know what else is moving back home? Dinner time! If your family goes out and spends just $15 on fast food twice a week, you’re spending over $1500 a year! Cut out just one of those weekly meals and you’re saving some big change!

Save even more money by bringing your lunch to work. Pack up your leftovers or fix up a salad and sandwich. Toss it in a lunch bag and go! Chances are, you’ll be eating healthier foods and you could be saving as much as $2000 a year.

Now more than ever, it’s important to keep track of your finances. Even that pocket change that is normally tossed aside or dropped into a jar can add up over time.

Make every penny count! Empty out your coin jar and take it to the bank. You can easily roll the coins with our Money Wrapper coin bank.

Some banks and grocery stores have machines that will count your coins. Just empty your big jar of coins in the machine and it will count up the change and print you a receipt. Take your receipt to a cashier to redeem. (Many of these machines do charge a fee for this service – as much as 10%)

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Team up with your neighbors for a big yard sale. Make a few extra bucks while clearing out your unused and unwanted stuff.

If you have valuable items you want to get rid of, consider listing it online at places like craigslist.org or eBay.

What good are your coupons if you’re not going to use them? Keep track of all your coupons and watch your savings add up! Organize them by category or by expiration date.

Toss out any expired coupons so they don’t clog up your system.

Keep your coupons with you at all times. You don’t want to wind up at the grocery store and realize you left your coupons at home.

Don’t forget the value of your loyalty card! Loyalty cards are a "must-have" item in many stores. Be sure to keep them on your keychain or in your glovebox at all times so you have it when you need it.

Increase your coupon savings by purchasing items on "double" or "triple" coupon days. Use coupons to buy items that are already on sale. You’ll be pleasantly suprised when you add up the savings you receive by combining a weekly sale, a loyalty card and a coupon.

Get more for your money! You can with products like our Wonder Tablitz cleaners. Each bottle includes it’s own refill. It’s like getting 3 bottles of cleaner for the price of one! And with no liquid to ship, it’s easier on your wallet AND the environment! Available in Citrus All Purpose, All-Purpose with Bleach and Glass & Multi-Purpose Cleaner.

Take a look at the quality of the products you’re purchasing. What may seem like a great deal at first may not be such a wise choice.

You may be able to get a lunch bag at a discount store for $1, but if that lunch bag only lasts a couple weeks, how much is it worth? Now take the lunch bag that costs $15 dollars. If it lasts more than 30 weeks, you’ve saved money buying it instead. Chances are, your $15 lunch bag will last you for much much longer than those 30 weeks.

Whether you simply buy the refill size of dish detergent and laundry soap, or you buy the larger quantity or "family pack" items, buying in bulk can save you a lot of money. And with the reduced packaging being used, it benefits the environment, too!

Be wary, though. Don’t assume you’re getting a good deal just because you’re buying the larger size. Many merchants have gotten smart to our buying habits and those larger sizes can sometimes be just as much or even more than their smaller counterparts. Always comparison shop. Look at the price per ounce instead of the total cost of the items.

Don’t be fooled when shopping for items like toilet paper with "single" vs. "double" vs. "mega" rolls. Look at the cost per square foot. You can usually find it right on the price tag at major retail stores.

Read Tips on storing your bulk purchases…

You’ve probably noticed your energy bill getting higher and higher. How would you like to see it go down? Your washer and dryer use up a huge portion of your energy bill. Between the hot water for your laundry to the hot air for your dryer, your energy bills will have you feel like you’ve been taken to the cleaners!

Switch to a cold temperature laundry detergent and wash your colors and darks in cold water. Save the hot water for your white clothes only.

Line dry as much as possible. Even in cold or rainy weather, an indoor line dryer or expandable dryer works well.

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