These are just some practical tips to save money.
Preparing your own food alone can save you a lot of money. For example, if you go out to eat on your lunch break you may spend five to eight dollars or more per meal. By the end of the week that would be 25 to 40 dollars or 1,300 to 2,080 dollars in a year, that is just for one person. That is not including if you buy breakfast or dinner out and weekend lunches and dinners out. Some people spend up to 8,000 to 10,000 dollars a year on buying food at restaurants when they never prepare their own food, again, this amount could be just for one person. Just from preparing your own food you can slash your eating spending at least in half, even more when you know where to shop. As an added benefit, when you prepare your own food, you can make it healthy.
You should use discount stores to do the majority of your grocery shopping. For example, shop at a discount store, like the 99 Cents Only Stores, you can buy almost all of your food and personal items there. The things you can't get, you save for a regular store. But, still do not go to the regular grocery store, you are better off shopping for the rest of the things at Target or Wal-Mart. Stores like The Dollar Tree are good too, but usually don't have as wide of a variety with the food items, but it is a good place to start to save money.
Know where to buy which clothes from. Wal-Mart is a good place to buy inexpensive clothes, but if you need a better quality at a low price, then shop at places like Ross and DD's Discounts.
Driving everywhere will make you spend more money in fueling your vehicle. Whenever possible and reasonable, walk, or ride a bike, to your destinations. Not only will you save money on fuel, you will give yourself some needed exercise.
Never impulse buy, this is how a lot money gets wasted. Never shop for groceries while you are hungry or you will buy things you really don't need. And always make a list and take it with you no matter what type of shopping you are doing and stick to the list.
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