Little Ways I’ve tried to Save Money
Small changes have the potential to make a big difference. Sometimes. Other times, it seems like they are more work than reward. I don’t pretend that all of the hacks in this list are worth it, but they are all things I’ve done before to save a small amount.
Reuse Coffee Grounds
I got a Keurig as a Christmas present, and while I like it a lot, I do not appreciate the waste it creates, or the need to continue buying K-cups. So, I bought a reusable K-cup and it was definitely worth it. I then thought it would be a clever hack to use the same coffee grounds five or six times but it definitely wasn’t. So now, every time I make a fresh cup of coffee, I replace the grounds. I’m not even sure I was really saving money with this, since coffee does not keep forever. Still, if I want a second cup, I will use the same, just because I need a weaker cup at this point.
Although I liked this website at first, it has not proven to be worth my time. Many other sites do the same thing, and have the same offers, but do not charge to redeem, and have a much lower redemption level. I still keep my account active, and will sometimes do things like search or open emails when I have the time, but this is something where the work is more than the payout.
Picking up Change
This is an oldie but a goodie. When out walking, or while cleaning my house, if I see change I pick it up. This doesn’t make a difference to my budget. It’s easy to do, and it is useful to have change on hand for tolls and vending machines. With pennies, I keep them in a jar and take them to the bank when there is enough.
Skipping Dryer Sheets
This doesn’t really fall under the category of hacks, since it is less work than it would be otherwise. I don’t like dryer sheets. I don’t see a difference when I use them and when I don’t. They get thrown out right away. I just don’t buy them. I know dryer balls are a popular alternative. Maybe I’ll try this in the future. For now, I don’t really have a problem with my laundry when I use nothing, so I am not in any rush. This may not be for everyone, but it works for me.