7 Ways to Save $7 a Week
What would you do with an extra $364? Well if you saved $7 a week each week in 2014, you would have $364 saved by year’s end. with this New Year, there is no better time to start saving so you have a cushion to fall back on or funds saved for something special. But how do you save $7 a week? It is actually a lot easier than you may think. Take a look below at 7 ways to save $7 a week in 2014 so you can be on your way to the cushion you have always wanted.
1. Skip one drive through meal.
The average value meal and drink at a fast food restaurant will run you around $7. Skip just one meal a week and eat at home instead. This will easily save you $7, as well as a great deal of fat and calories your body does not need anyways. It is a move that is good for your budget and your waistline!
2. Brew your own coffee.
Brew your own coffee a few days a week instead of visiting a coffee shop and you can easily save $7. The average cup of fancy gourmet coffee is around $4, not to mention the donut or muffin you might throw in as well. Skip just one to two of these visits and you can surely save $7 or more.
3. Vow to redeem $7 worth of coupons a week.
How many coupons do you have that you never use? Carry your coupons with you so even when you make quick trips you can redeem them. Vow to redeem at minimum $7 worth of coupons per week. This can be on groceries, a restaurant trip, or even an oil change. Find $100’s of printable coupons here
4. Negotiate your utilities.
Give your utility company a call (phone, internet, cable) and see if you can negotiate a lower rate, especially if you are long time customers. If you can knock off just $10 from each, that is a savings of $30 a month, more than $7 per week! Simply ask and state that you are shopping around for a cheaper service, that should do the trick.
5. Combine your errands.
Instead of making lots of little trips during the week, organize your errands and plan them for one afternoon. You can then plan your route so you are using less gas and putting less mileage on your car. If you can save around 2 gallons of gas a week by combining errands, you can easily save $7 or more.
6. Skip the soda.
Skip the soda a few days a week and watch the money add up. A 22 ounce bottle is typically around $1.75, so skip as little as 4 servings a week and you have saved $7. Skip soda when dining out and you can easily save $2 and up per serving. Now that adds up!
7. Borrow, Don’t Buy.
Instead of buying a new book, borrow one from the library or a friend. Instead of buying a new movie, borrow one from Red Box. Instead of buying a new CD, again borrow one from a friend or lending library. This is a great way to fill a need while saving a ton of cash. Do this just once a week and you have saved at least $7, most likely more.
Saving $7 a week in 2014 can be a breeze. Just give these simple tips a try and watch your savings add up! In no time you will be well on your way to an easy peasy $364 nest egg for a rainy day.
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