Simple Ways to Save $200 for your Family Budget
In this economy many are looking for ways to save money. I thought I would share some tips of how our family has lived on one income for over 20 years with great success and save $200 in various ways.
Saving money is not rocket science. It just takes some persistence, determination, and a little bit of planning. Use the time and resources that you have and start saving today.
Here are my Favorite Ways to Save $200
- Phone Bill – Most people have cell phones and the competition for customers is high. I have found that almost every time I have called my cell phone company asking for any tips on reducing my bill, they have been able to take a little off our bill for a period of time. If you threaten to switch to another company, you might get even more financial incentive to stay with them. Each company is different but all of them want to keep you as a happy customer.
- Cable/Satellite TV Bill – Just like with phone companies, cable and satellite TV companies are in some stiff competition too. Give them a call and see what they can do for you. You might even be able to downgrade to a lower cost package if you have them list all their package options to you.
- Garden – Whether you plant your own garden or glean the extras from a friend’s garden, they can save you a lot of money. Even growing a few tomato and cucumber plants can help save quite a bit with one crop. The produce we grow includes zucchini (we grow so much that my kids sell this on the road and make a nice profit each summer), tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, potatoes, celery, carrots, beets, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, beans, sweet potatoes, etc. Some years when we have an overflow and freeze or can a bunch, we don’t have to grow that crop the next year.
A few more good ones…
- Don’t Go to Expensive Stores – Let’s face it, the more time we spend in expensive stores, the more money we will spend. We will always see something we think we need. The less time we spend in ANY store, the more money we will save. Try to shop as little as possible.
- Eat at Home – We all know this is cheaper and better for us. You might even save money on future doctor visits if you eat at home and are healthier. Pick your favorite meals from my eBook and make meal prep as easy as possible. Sometimes fixing a meal at home takes less time than driving to a fast food restaurant, waiting in line and bringing it back home.
- Ask for Discounts – the worst they can say is “No.”
I hope these tips have been helpful. I love to see other families reduce their spending so they can have more money to do fun things together.
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