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With this being March and the month of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve got green on my mind and that means money, money, money, honey. The combination of thinking all about the green and it being tax season has me focused on saving money for my family. Since I’m a busy mama and don’t have time for elaborate money-saving schemes, I use these 5 easy tips to save money. They’re so easy that you can fit these tips in your purse.
5 Easy Tips to Save Money
1. Carry an envelope for coupons and receipts.
I picked up an inexpensive vinyl 2-sided envelope and grabbed my label maker.
Mark one side for Receipts. This helps you keep all your receipts neatly in one spot (rather than floating around and getting lost in the bottom of different purses and shopping bags). Knowing where your receipts are helps you save money when you want to return an item, price match an item, check your receipts against your monthly credit card statement and balance your monthly budget.
Label the other side of the envelope as Coupons. Keeping your store coupons in your purse means that you’ve got them right there with you at the checkout line not at home sitting neatly on a counter (ask me how I know this happens).
2. Evaluate your cell phone plan.
I prefer a no-contract cell phone plan so that I’m not locked into a contract. You can find no-contract cell phone plans at Walmart that can save you money and give you more control over your financial plan.
I popped over to Walmart while I was out running errands to check out the Walmart Family Mobile’s new 4G LTE service and phones. The Walmart Family Mobile plan is $29.88 per month for the first line and gives you unlimited talk, text and data, including up to 500MB of 4G LTE data.
I found the cell phones in the electronics section in 2 different phone displays. One display was located on the front of the checkout counter and the other display was located just behind the checkout counter in the electronics department.
I purchased the Alcatel Evolve 2 for only $39.83 (was $59.88). Be sure to also purchase the $25 Starter Kit if you’re new to Walmart Family Mobile. The $20 I saved on the sale price of the phone almost entirely covered the cost of the Starter Kit.
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/aafid or your local Walmart for current pricing.
You can activate the phone and the Walmart Family Mobile service right there in store or at home online or by phone. It only takes about 10 minutes to activate the phone and service in the store and was easy to do.
3. Load coupon and money-saving apps onto your phone.
There are lots of free coupon and other money-saving apps you can load right onto your phone. As long as you have your phone with you, you’ll always have those money-saving tools with you, too. The apps are easy to find and load onto on my new Walmart Family Mobile Alcatel Evolve 2.
4. Always take a list when you go shopping.
I keep a running shopping list at home so that my family can add what they need as they think of it. Going shopping with a list keeps you focused on what you need so you’re less likely to be distracted by something new and shiny that you don’t need. A list also helps ensure you get everything you do need so you don’t have to make an extra shopping trip later (which wastes time and gas money).
5. Take a snack with you.
I always carry a snack in my purse and usually a water bottle in my car (shopping is hard work!). This keeps me from impulse purchasing junk food or from stopping for a fast food snack. When my kiddos were younger, I always carried a small cooler bag filled with drinks and healthy treats whenever we left the house. I still carry a cooler bag of drinks and snacks whenever we go out to sporting events or on car trips so that we have healthy snacks with us and don’t stop to purchase more expensive snacks.
Being a busy mama, I only have the time and energy to commit to easy money-saving tips. These are 5 easy tips to save money that I can actually work into my daily life. What’s your favorite easy money-saving tip?
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.