104 Ways to Save Money

Let’s save some money! Here are 104 ways to save money.

Why save money? Well, so you can afford your future. So you won’t have to rely on credit to get you by. So you can do some fun things. There are lots of reasons to do it.

Why 104? Because it’s double my other list, 52 Ways to Make Extra Money and I like a challenge. Okay, let’s get started with the savings…

Do you need more money in your pocket? Here are 104 easy ways to save extra money. Check it out and start saving today!

104 Ways to Save Money

1. Get a Piggy Bank – Put up a piggy bank at your home. This creates a visual reminder to capture those little handfuls of change you come home with. At the end of the year, you’ll have a nice little savings fund for a fun purchase, or even to fund a real savings account. Start saving quickly with your own Internet savings account from Aurora Bank.

2. Use Open Source Software – Utilize free, open-source software like OpenOffice (like MS Office) and Firefox Internet browser.

3. Get Cash Back for Your Online Purchases – Use a website like Ebates.com to shop online. They will give you a percentage back on the money you spend online at hundreds of popular stores. Combine that with one of the best cash back credit cards and you’ll really be saving money.

4. Use CFL Bulbs – Compact florescent lamps (CFLs) cost more on the front-end, but they will save you money and energy in the long-run.

5. Combine Coupons with Local Sales – Save up coupons and use them in conjunction with sales at local markets. You can end up with items either being free or at a greatly discounted price.

6. Drive Your Car Until it Dies – No car payments or big cash outlays. Lower car insurance. Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing you used this depreciating asset to it’s fullest potential.

7. DIY Greeting Cards – Design and print your own greeting cards. You can design and print a greeting card for around .50/card, which is a good price compared to $3.99 cards.

8. Use Cash for Better Negotiations – Larger ticket items definitely benefit from you waving around cash. You’re able to negotiate great deals when they see you’re a serious buyer. My wife was able to knock $200 of her recent road bike purchase by showing the money and asking.

9. Consider the Reviews – Do your research before you buy an expensive item (or even a not so expensive item). Check reviews on Amazon (i.e. Amazon Kindle Reviews), look up reviews online, check a few forums, look up prices at different stores…you can easily save money and you might even find out the item you thought you wanted isn’t so great. – Free From Broke

10. Get Store Refunds – Paribus is a free service that can save you money on your online purchases even after you shop!  Paribus gets you money back after you buy something and it goes on sell.  You are guaranteed the difference and this service gets you the money back right from your inbox! Paribus also provides iOS and Android apps with a live feed of savings.

11. Consider a Movie Subscription Service – If you currently spend a lot of money on entertainment at the theater or at the movie rental store from month to month, consider saving time, gas, and money by subscribing to an online movie service like Netflix.

12. Clip Coupons – Find the best coupons in the Sunday paper every week for grocery and other household items.

13. Monthly Spending Review – Write down all the expenses you make in a month. Review the list and try to eliminate the unnecessary expenditures. Consider using a budgeting tool like You Need a Budget to take your review efforts to a new level.

14. Avoid Financing at All Costs – Delaying instant gratification by saving for purchases before buying will hone patience and aid in bringing wealth and piece of mind to all who are exercised thereby. This element of self-discipline may be one of the oldest, simplest, and most base elements of financial success… but regrettably, it has also become a lost art in our common culture. Avoid financing and save for things before you buy them. Period. – Debt Free Adventure

15. No Restaurant Challenge – Take a week out of the month, or better yet, a month out of the year and commit to dining inside your home only. No dining out. See how much you can save by following this.

16. Do Free Activities – This is one of my favorite ways to save money. Find free stuff to do. For example on Sunday mornings go to a big book store and read books in the store without having to pay for them.

17. Keep Larger Bills – Never break down your large bills. You’ll be less likely to spend it. Smaller bills get spent quicker.

18. No Second Thoughts – Only buy things that you really need. Avoid buying things that you have second thoughts about or aren’t sure you’ll need.

19. Dine Out for Special Occasions Only – Only dine out for special occasions. You could get a week’s worth of food at the grocery store for the same amount that you pay for a single dinner out for one person. When you do dine out, use a coupon from Restaurant.com.

20. Consider Quality – Buy things of high quality even if it costs a bit more up front. Look back at all of the things you skimped on over the years and ended up having to replace earlier than you expected. Suddenly that big sale or off-brand item doesn’t seem like such a good idea. This doesn’t mean everything that is more expensive is better, but use your smarts and know when to spend to find the best bang for your buck instead of looking for the absolute lowest price on something. “You get what you pay for” still holds true for many things. – Generation X Finance

21. No Credit Cards – Cut up the credit cards and live only on what you make. No interest. No late fees. No problems. If you currently struggle with credit card debt, consider a source like Ready for Zero to help you pay it off.

22. Pack Your Lunch – Don’t go out for lunch everyday; pack lunch instead. This can easily save you $50 a week.

23. Don’t Pay for Your Kids – If you do dine out during the week, make sure you visit one of the many places that offers “kids eat free” specials. At least you won’t be paying for their meals.

24. Don’t Forget to Ask – Ask for a discount. We always ask about discounts and have found that many places we wouldn’t have thought of give unadvertised discounts. For example, our preschool offered a discount to pay in full. And our plumber gave us a discount when we asked. As it turns out, many things are negotiable if you ask! – My Dollar Plan

25. Savings Goal Reminder – Carry a list in your wallet of financial goals that you will see every time you take it out to buy something. Create online savings goals with SmartyPig.

26. Shopping Plan of Attack – Look at all the sale ads before you grocery shop and go to the store with the most sales. Write down a list before I go to any store and it saves you from buying unnecessary items.

27. Vacation During No Child Care Days – Plan your vacation days on the days your children have half days of school or teacher in-service days. It yields more time with kids and lower child care costs.

28. Quit Your Bad Habits – Be they eating out, smoking, or going out partying. Every time you stop yourself from doing it, put the money you would have spent into your savings.

29. Meat Alternative – Meat is generally the most expensive source of protein. Beans and nuts are pound for pound far more nutritious for your protein dollar, and better for you too. If you can’t stomach the idea of giving up beef, consider ordering your beef online through OmahaSteaks.com – Amateur Asset Allocator

30. Daily Spending Goal – Set a daily goal for yourself: how much money your going to spend during the day.

31. Deal of the Day SitesGroupon.com. This is a fantastic site to get some great group deals from local businesses. The only thing to watch out for is the “I don’t really need that but it’s such a great deal” syndrome.

32. Online First, In-store Second – One of the smartest ways to save money is to always do comparison shopping online before going to stores. This will allow you to find the best deal without wasting time and gas driving around town.

33. Consider a Stay-Cation – No need for a big expensive vacation. Take a week off of work and simply do a bunch of activities in your own home town. Skip the hotel and airfare costs and spend more money on entertainment and dining out for the week.

34. Wash Your Own Work Clothes – If you need a lot of professional clothes for work, buy the generic equivalent of Woolite and wash your work clothes with it instead of regular harsh detergents. It costs a bit more initially for the detergent but saves your clothes from fading, thinning, or frizzing, so I can wear them a lot longer and not have to buy new things. Also use Dryel instead of dry cleaning my clothes as much as possible.

35. Do it Right the First Time – If you are working on a car repair or home improvement, consider doing it right the first time. If you try and cut corners it will likely end up costing you more money in the long run. – Money Smart Life

36. Early to Bed, More in the Bank – Go to bed earlier. Saves light, heat (in the winter) and late night nibbles.

37. Create a Savings Category on the Budget – Make saving part of your budget and set saving goals. If you monitor your progress toward a goal you are much more likely to succeed in hitting that goal than if you just hoped to save money some day. Monitoring anything makes you more aware of it. Gain more awareness of your goals and progress with You Need a BudgetNo Debt Plan

38. Utilize Free Online Services – Dump the monthly subscriptions and read newspapers and magazines online. Or at least get your magazines for free online using one of the many free offers.

39. Be Purposely Low in Cash – Do not take a lot money with you when you go out, so even if you have the temptation to buy something you will not, if its really that important you will surely go back home to get the money. If its not, then you just saved yourself from spending money.

40. Reduce Your Medical Bills – If you have a hospital bill, just call up the billing department and ask if you can get a discount for paying cash, or if you can pay a lower amount. Often they’ll be happy that they’re just collecting a bill, and are willing to cut 10-20% off your amount. We saved several hundred by doing this after my wife was hospitalized last year. If you want to save big on health care, consider a high-deductible health insurance plan. – Bible Money Matters

41. Lower Your Interest Rates – Call your bank and/or credit card company to negotiate a better interest rate on your loan or outstanding debt. This can save you hundreds in interest payments.

42. Don’t Pay for Your Credit Report – Instead, visit AnnualCreditReport.com and get your truly free credit report. Get your credit score from the source at MyFICO.com

43. Kill the Energy Vampire – Connect all of your appliances to surge protectors and shut the switch off when you are finished using them. Most of today’s appliances constantly use electricity when plugged in to the outlet.

44. Cut the Cable TV – Removing unnecessary or extra expenses like this is one of the easiest ways to save money. Move all your TV watching to online services like Hulu.com. It’s free and has fewer commercials.

45. Pay Yourself First – Put money in your saving account every paycheck. Make it the first thing you do and then pay all bill with your remaining funds.

46. Cancel Your Home Phone Line – Not using your home phone as much? Consider going to your cell phone for most of your calls. Install Skype on your computer for making computer to computer calls or cheap long distance calls. Video is better than voice anyway.

47. Work Out and Exercise at Home – Skip the monthly gym membership and start working out at home or in your neighborhood. Run or walk around the block. Rent workout DVDs from the library to do at home in front of your own TV.

48. Fuel Efficient Auto – If you travel a great deal during the week, consider a high fuel efficient vehicle to save on rising gas prices.

49. Read the Fine Print – Do a thorough review of all your monthly bills. Study the fine print to see exactly what you are being charged for. Cut out any charges for services you aren’t using.

50. The Savings Trade-Off – Think about saving money in terms of trade-offs – save money here, spend it there. If you’re planning on a vacation this year, keep that in mind as you are looking to save money elsewhere. It’ll give you a sense of accomplishment as you save more towards a particular goal and will motivate you to be more creative.

51. Bring Lunch for Errands – Even if you don’t have a day job, when running errands in town, pack a lunch instead of eating out. This is a healthier alternative that saves you time and money while watching your waistline.

52. Do-it-Yourself Home Repair and Improvement – Most basic home repairs you can do yourself if you take some time to study the manual or look online for video tutorials. And basic improvements, like painting can easily be done cheaper if you use your own labor.

53. Stretch Your Coffee Beans – Use half of your used coffee beans in the next batch. Repeat this cycle and you’ll only use half the recommended scoop each time. Some coffee drinkers swear by this method. See more coffee related tips in my ultimate guide to saving money on coffee.

54. Go on a Spend-Free Splurge – Commit to a week without spending new money. Make it a goal to only spend money for the week that you earn from selling old stuff or making returns.

55. Separate Your Savings – Set up a separate bank account with a bank other than your main bank. Deposit extra money in the account whenever possible. This will create a nice barrier between you and your savings. Of all of the ways to save money this is probably my favorite.

56. Start a Dinner Club – If you miss the social element of dining with friends, start having each other over to your houses and cook for each other. Similarly to eating at home, you can save money by making your own meals instead of buying pre-prepared meals. – Money Smarts Blog

57. Talk Yourself Out of It – Install a dialog in your head that uses the following questions: “Do I NEED this, or do I just WANT this? If I think I need it, do I have others like it, or will it fulfill a need I can’t meet without it? If I WANT it,will I really enjoy it and appreciate it, or is it just going to make its way to the back of the closet, the bottom of the toolbox, or the one-more-thing-to-dust category?”

58. Go Cash Only – Avoid using credit cards for a while. Spend only on things you can already afford with cash, or with your debit card. Find a good reward debit card to help you save even more.

59. Throw Out the “Deals” – Stop looking at deals and sales unless you are really in need of something. This means cancel all the catalog subscriptions and trowing out the junk mail when it arrives.

60. Invest with a Low Cost Broker – Stop using an expensive broker that charges you an arm and a leg each time you trade. Use one of the best online stock brokers to do your investment trading.

61. Avoid the Deal Websites – Don’t visit online shopping or deal sites unless you have a plan for buying something you need. Doing so will tempt fate.

62. Consider a Refinance on Your Loans – With interest rates at historic lows, you may be able to significantly lower your monthly payment and overall interest owed on a loan by refinancing at a low mortgage rate.

63. Get Social Savings – Use social media, Twitter, Facebook, email etc and follow, fan or subscribe to companies whose products you regularly purchase. You’ll get all sorts of deals and offers that way. You might be better off using a different account or setting up good filtering so you don’t get overwhelmed. – FiscalGeek

64. Use Only One Car – Get rid of the second car. Just trying to get by on one car may seem like a challenge, but it’s well worth it if you are a two-car family. How does at least $500 in insurance savings sound to you?

65. Skip the New Bottled Water – Don’t by bottled water to carry around. Simply refill a permanent container.

66. Grow Your Own Organic Veggies – Organics usually cost more than other veggies. Consider growing some of your own organic vegetables.

67. Don’t Believe the Price Tag – Realize that price tags are liars. Most locally based retailers are willing to negotiate and therefore their price tags are just the starting points. Even managers at large national retailers will occasionally be willing to negotiate. It all starts with your willingness to ask. – The Wisdom Journal

68. Mend Your Own Socks – Yes. Repair your own socks. You can make them last three or four times as long as they otherwise would, and it really adds up.

69. Switch to Bio Fuel – Using bio fuel for vehicles instead of Petrol / Diesel. It is environment friendly too.

70. Limit the Impulse Buys – Try to limit impulse purchases. A few small items can add up quickly, and a major purchase like a new car can haunt you for years. Have a plan. A marketer’s number one job is to separate you from your money. And there are a lot of good marketers out there. My rule is to never go shopping without a list or a clear idea of what you I am looking for. Otherwise, I’ll end up spending more than I had planned to spend. – Cash Money Life

71. Diversify Your Investments – Do not put all your eggs in one basket. Invest in stocks, mutual funds, bonds, real estate, etc.

72. Buy Store Brands – Most of these products come from the exact same factory as the “brand name” equivalent – and you can usually find this on the box – but they cost $1-$3 less.

73. Line Dry Your Clothes – Cut down on energy costs by drying your clothes on a clothesline. They have clotheslines for inside the home as well now.

74. Check Your Warranties and Ask for Free Repairs – If something breaks, don’t immediately run out to buy something new. Look to utilize any available warranties or free repair offers you can find. Some manufacturers are so proud of their products that they will repair them for free.

75. Raise Your Deductible – Raise your car insurance deductible to a higher level. One of the other quick ways to save money. This can cut your premiums by several dollars a month. Just make sure you have the cash saved to cover the deductible in case something happens. This is one of the 20 ways to a more affordable auto insurance policy. – The Dough Roller

76. Budget for Irregular Expenses – Set up a monthly line item in your savings account for bills that don’t come due every month. For example, car repairs. If you know that you will spend around $600 on car repairs every year, put $50 a month in savings so when the inevitable breakdown happens you don’t have to charge it on a credit card. In the meantime, draw interest rather than having to pay it to someone else because you didn’t plan in advance. Consider You Need a Budget for your budgeting needs.

77. Get the Kids Involved – Involve your children in the process of saving money. For each coupon they bring home, split the savings with them. For instance, if they give you a fifty cents coupon, give them twenty five cents into their savings account. Thus, saving both for the family and the children.

78. Car Pool – If you drive a car going to work, ask some office mates who could ride with you so that they can share for gas money.

79. Wait 2 Days – On purchases over $100, wait 2 days to think it over before you actually make the purchase.

80. Make a List, Baby – Before buying anything, or even heading to the store, make a list so that you won’t be tempted to buy something more.

81. Utilize Online Coupon Sites – There are many websites that offer coupons that cannot be found in the Sunday paper. They are free to join and easy to use.

82. Two is Better Than One, in the Dryer – It might sound crazy, but tear dryer sheets in half for the dryer. A half sheet is just as effective.

83. Google for Promo Codes – When you get to the shopping cart, you’ll see a space to enter a coupon code or promo code. Instead of just making the purchase, do a quick Google search for your item plus “promo code”. Maybe you’ll find a nice 10% off code to save you money at the last minute.

84. Buy with Your Reward Points – Don’t spend more than you normally would, but use a reward credit card throughout the year and accumulate reward points for your spending. Then use the rewards for your Christmas gifts or to help with a vacation.

85. Install a Programmable Thermostat – This awesome invention can help you save 10 to 20% on your energy bill. Makes saving a no-brainer.

86. Use Your Library More – Instead of buying books and renting movies, use your local library to check out books and movies for free. They also typically have free wifi and computers you can take advantage of.

87. Sweep the Kitchen – Save money by being a creative cook. Use ingredients on hand, rather than buying ingredients to make a specific dish. Food doesn’t go to waste and you’ll create some new and different salads, casseroles, etc.

88. Avoid the Bank Fees – Get rid of those monthly checking and savings fees. Move to an online savings account or online checking account and stop paying fees.

89. Free Eggs – Four chickens on a quarter acre of land provide free eggs, natural insect control, and free fertilizer.

90. Cure Your Savings – When shopping for over-the-counter medicines compare the labels between the generic and name brand items. Usually they are the same and usually you can get the generic for about 40 percent less than the name brand.

91. Practice Hypermiling – Drive slower, brake as little as possible, and keep your tires properly inflated. All will help to conserve on fuel expenses.

92. Truly Save, Not Spend Less – The best way to save money, is to deposit money in any bank as savings deposit for use at a future time. Don’t confuse spending less with true savings.

93. Bundle Your Savings – Bundle your TV, Internet and phone services. This can typically save you good money each month. At a minimum consider a service like Dish Network for a little while. They will give you a great rate on your initial deal.

94. Don’t Be a Captive Consumer – Prepare in advance when you might be stuck in a place where the pricing gets marked up because of low competition (e.g. movie theater, airport, zoo, etc.). Bring your own snack, or eat at home just before heading to these places.

95. Invest in a Deep Freeze – If you have a big family, consider buying a deep freeze so you can buy more in bulk, and do more batch cooking.

96. Eat Before You’re Entertained – Eat your meals at home before going to theaters, sporting events, etc.

97. Brew Your Own Coffee – Stop spending upwards of $5.00 per day on a cup of coffee. Make it at home and bring it to work in a thermos.

98. Turn Off the Lights – Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you are the last person to leave a room.

99. Clean with the News – Use old newspapers instead of paper towels with an eco-friendly cleaning product to wipe glass surfaces.

100. Create Your Own Cleaning Rags – Cut up old clothes that have holes or stains and use them around the house for cleaning, dusting, and grease rags. Don’t buy paper towels anymore.

101. Split the Meal – Portion sizes are huge these days. When dining out, split a nicer meal with your significant other.

102. Buy Used from Craigslist – When you’re considering a purchase, first look at Craigslist to see if their is a lightly used version of the product you can purchase for a heavily discounted price.

103. Pay Less in Taxes Next Year – Shelter your money from taxes by putting it in a 401K or traditional IRA.

104. Get Excited About Saving – Find a passion for saving money. Not because you want to hoard all your cash, but because you want to use it for good. Think about how many lives you could change if you saved more of your money to give it away. Or think about how great your kids future could be if you saved more money for their education and general well being. And don’t forget about your own retirement. Enjoy watching your savings grow knowing that you won’t have to depend on someone else for your future.

What are some other ways to save money? List them in the comments below.



Last Edited: May 31, 2016 @ 10:03 pm The content of ptmoney.com is for general information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice. Visitors to ptmoney.com should not act upon the content or information without first seeking appropriate professional advice. In accordance with the latest FTC guidelines, we declare that we have a financial relationship with every company mentioned on this site.
About Philip Taylor

Philip Taylor, aka "PT", is a CPA, financial writer, FinCon CEO, and husband and father of three. He created PT Money back in 2007 to share his thoughts on money and to meet others passionate about managing their finances. All the content on this blog is original, and created or edited by PT. Read more about Philip Taylor, and be sure to connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, or view the Philip Taylor+ Google profile.

Comments

  1. wow, great mega-post! Lots of great money saving ideas here!

  2. There are some great ideas here! I am going to make it my goal to try at least 10 by next month. Thank you for sharing!
    Suzanne
    Social Media Specialist
    CareOne Debt Relief Services
    @AskCareOne

  3. What? Only 104 way? Juts kidding.

    Great list of ideas. If I can’t implement a few of these then I’m not trying!

  4. I love simple ways to save money… I will be tearing through this list to find some that I’m not doing and haven’t even thought of!

  5. Good list my friend. I’m up for a dinner club if you are. Did you mention clothes at garage sales or thrift stores? I picked up 4-5 $90 Brooks Brothers dress shirts at an estate sale for $1.50 each not too long ago. They looked like they had never been worn. I do stuff like that all the time! I rarely ever buy new clothes.

  6. FinancialBondage says:

    good tips. I have done some of them. others I need to work on.

  7. Number 39 is my go-to way tip for spending less. I keep $20 or less in my wallet most of the time. So it’s a good thing I have excellent debit/credit card control, too.

  8. Use cash back websites like Bing, FatWallet, AAfter Search and ShopAtHome, while shopping online. They also provide sign up bonus.

  9. This is an absolutely awesome list! Simple and practical. I’m going to start doing some of these things today. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wow, PT! This is a great resource for people. You definitley had the creative juices flowing here. I’ll definitely refer people to this article as the need to save comes up in Money Map coaching meetings. Hope you are well. Let’s get together soon.

  11. Hank Beaman says:

    I like this, but, please, if you haven’t heard of or implemented half of these just by waking up….you are a moron……no wonder the USA is becoming so dependant on mother government…again, these ARE good ideas but……

  12. Great list!

    I would also recommend for numero uno – the piggybank – to more frequently deposit the contents of the piggy then every year. Do it weekly or monthly into your regular savings account will encourage greater deposits into the the piggy. And each of the little deposits will add up and should slowlly help boost up your interest earnings.

  13. This is a great list! I also like #1 the best. It has worked for my wife and me. I even have a little label that I put on the piggybank with a savings goal on it….like Hawaiian Vacation.

  14. Better checkout #64!! My car insurance is $14.00/mo MORE expensive if I take of my truck off of my policy!!

  15. Natalia says:

    What a fantastic list of ways to save! This is something that can be made into a screensaver or desktop pic LOL Lots of ideas that you might otherwise just forget 🙂

  16. This is actually is very good list of money saving tips, most are helpful and to be honest are not very helpful, here are some of my favorites:

    14. Avoid Financing – This means only buy what you can pay for today, many people want a product right away, these are impulse items and really do not add to your overall quality of life.
    23. Don’t Pay for Your Kids- I did this for years by only going to restaurants with free meals for kids.
    39. Be Purposely Low in Cash- Only spend the money you have in your pocket.
    44. Cut the cable- This applies to phone/internet etc., these services are optional and nice to have but they cost a lot of money, my cable bill is about $60 per month ( I like TV) but my phone/internet bill is about $300 per month ( I know that is a crazy amount but I have many options and family phones which drive up the cost).
    45. Pay Yourself First – This may be the most important thing you do in your life, really make an effort to to this, later in life you will thank yourself.

  17. Marlene Romero says:

    Like these tips very much! Will be applying some to my every day life since we use some to begin with like eating in daily and cooking at home mostly and we go out less but one thing I refuse to sacrifice on and it’s not taking a vacation on a yearly basis so we go out less and spend less regularly. Works for us. And when we do put it on a credit card I make it a point of paying it off in three or four intervals so to avoid excessive fees BUT it would be nice not put anything on a credit card at all, admitedly! Overall, great tips and will be applying them for sure!

  18. Lots of great ideas!

    Not to sound like an evironmental nut, but #69 isnt as good as one would think!. Biofuel actually requires more crude oil products for production than what is actually produced as biofuel. Also with biofuel like ethanol (made from corn) it actually increases the cost of food.

  19. Thanks for writing this awesome post, it must have taken a while!
    Much appreciated
    Josh

  20. ssvanburen29 says:

    Great list! Unfortunately, Hulu is not free. but it is cheaper!

  21. SleeplessinChicago says:

    After being laid off recently, I have been looking for tips on saving money and found this list to be the most comprehensive I have seen so far. It contains practically all aspects of existence and I will make an effort to incorporate more of these ideas into my lifestyle. Bottom line is that to have more money one needs to either make more or save more money. With the state of the current economy, the 1st option becomes next to impossible to achieve; therefore, saving money becomes so important. My husband and I practice many of the suggestions from the list: for example, eating in, making our own coffee, eliminating cable TV and telephone land line. The next items to incorporate into our living will be controlling the spending habits and utilizing “Need” vs. “Want” and waiting tactics for purchases over $100. Bravo on the list!

  22. SleeplessinChicago I’m glad it was a hit with you, Sleepless.

  23. xowivyhid says:

    and here’s 10 more extra ways to save money:

    1) drop the smart phone and get a “dumb” one. Save about $50 per month. Get a low-priced tablet (e.g., Kindle Fire) or use your old iPhone as a wi-fi only device. Wi-fi is available everywhere; you really don’t need to pay for cell-based data plans
    2) call your car and home insurance company and tell them you want to go through all your coverage because you found another carrier that is cheaper. They’ll probably help you “find” 10% off or more.
    3) speaking of car insurance – An expensive policy from GEICO, Progressive, etc. is not needed. You can find one usually for less than $25/month from Insurance Panda. If you spend too much on car insurance from one of those big companies, chances are you are simply funding their expensive TV ads with cute animals.
    4) compare what your house is really worth to your assessment. Many assessments have never been properly adjusted down to reflect the market over the last 4 years. We cut our property taxes by about 20%.
    5) re-fi your 30-year mortgage to a 15. The interest rate will drop by at least 50-75 bps, more depending on your current rate. The payment may go up slightly, but it is because you are paying off your loan faster. If it’s possible, get the mortgage paid off before the kids go to college. At a minimum, have it paid off before you retire. if you buy life insurance (which you should), don’t overpay. you can get $15 policies from places like Life Ant or gnworth.
    6) review your credit card bills for all the things you are paying $10-20 per month for that you no longer need. I bet everybody has at least a couple
    7) drop all magazine (paper and on-line) subscriptions. If you look around, you can find comparable content for free.
    8) review your investment portfolio for ways to replace higher fee mutual funds or ETFs with lower fee ones. S&P500 funds/ETFs shouldn’t charge more than 0.10% in fees. Fees may be higher for specialty funds, but they are all coming down fast. If your company 401K uses high-fee funds, talk to the folks in charge. A difference of 25 bps in fees will mean a difference of about 5% in your portfolio value after 25 or 30 years.
    9) and of course the most impactful — never carry a balance on a credit card. If you can’t resist, cut up the cards.
    10) save, save, save!