How to Save Money on Everyday Essentials

When shopping for clothes, it’s normal to use a gift card or look for sales to save money. But what about those everyday essentials that you go through on a frequent basis?

Items that you use daily can really add up over time. The good news is, you can spend less and save money on certain items you use every day, like these:

Toilet Paper

You buy your groceries in bulk to save money, so why not do the same with your toilet paper? You’ll never be afraid of running out because you’ll always have a few rolls in stock. This way, you’ll have more green in your wallet and won’t have to run to the convenience store at the last minute.

Coffee

Saving 3 bucks by making a cup of coffee at home instead of buying it may not seem like a lot of money, but that $3 really adds up if you’re purchasing a cup of coffee every day.

Consider investing in a coffee maker, which will give you the most bang for your buck. If you’re a big coffee drinker, the machine will pay for itself in no time – you can make more than one cup every morning and save some time by not running over to the coffee shop.

Water

Do you buy bottled water frequently? If so, you may want to consider dropping the habit. If you break it down, bottled water adds up to about $8 per gallon, while tap water costs less than 1 cent per gallon.

Don’t like the taste of tap water? Purchase a water filter that can offer you clean water for much less money.

Pet Food

 

If you have a furry friend, you know that its food often costs as much as yours, if not more. But it doesn’t have to. Amazon.com offers a Subscribe & Save service that allows you to purchase a variety of common pet food brands for about 15 percent less than what you might pay at a chain pet store.

Plus, delivery is free and you don’t have to worry about lugging that 40-pound bag all the way home to Fido.

Postage

Instead of paying your credit card, utility, cellular and cable bills through the mail, consider going digital and paying online. This will eliminate the need for you to buy postage and envelopes.

Glasses

 

Rather than buying your next pair of glasses at the eye doctor, consider making your purchase online – all you need is the prescription from your last eye exam. With websites like Lookmatic.com and Zennioptical.com, you can select inexpensive frames and even try on glasses using your computer. Just upload a picture of yourself to try on hundreds of different frames.

You can also take measurements of your face to ensure that you’re getting properly sized glasses. Lookmatic.com even offers free shipping and returns if you find you don’t like the glasses you purchased.

Gas

A trip to the pump isn’t exactly easy on your wallet. Instead of going to the nearest gas station, download the GasBuddy app. This mobile app allows you to search for the gas station nearest to you with the lowest price per gallon. You can even check the traffic before leaving your house and take an alternative route to avoid wasting more gas.

Cleaning out your car may also save you a few bucks on gas. Every 250 pounds on top of your car’s base weight can cost you an extra mile per gallon of gas.

Groceries

Before you head to the supermarket to buy groceries, look through magazines and newspapers to find coupons for items that you buy every time. You can also browse online sites like CouponMom and SmartSource to find coupons fast.

When you see discounted items that you regularly buy, stock up. This will help cut your grocery bill and save you from having to buy that same item on your next trip. If you’re stocking up on perishable items, you can freeze half of what you purchase so you can enjoy it later. 

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