10 Money TipsThis year is going to be a good one. But more often than not, our life is full of too much noise, too much clutter and too many projects that it can be hard to focus. My best advice, pick just one favorite tip and start implementing it. Then, come back for another.
Money Tip #1: The $5 Saving PlanThis one is simple and yet adds up quickly if you are a frequent cash spender. Anytime you get a $5 bill in change, set it aside in a special place. Be ready, it’s going to add up quickly!
Money Tip #2: Make Extra Money Taking Online SurveysIf you have a few minutes here and there and enjoy sharing your opinion, why not take a few Surveys and make some extra side income? It’s free to join and free to take the surveys and you get paid! Here are two companies you can get started with today (both are free to join)…
Money Tip #3: More Ways to Make MoneySometimes the easiest way to save more money is to make more money. It doesn’t have to be extreme it might just be a small side-hustle for now. Or maybe it’s taking the money that you do have and investing it. Side hustle ideas:
Free Workshop: How to Start a Profitable BlogLooking for extra side income? Here’s how I made over $85,000 working PART-TIME last year… 3 years ago, I started a blog/website to test if a stay-at-home mom could make money online “blogging”. I put blogging in quotes because blogging is totally different than what I used to think of it. The awesome part about this particular side business (besides the fact it makes over full-time income with part-time hours) is that you’re creating PASSIVE income and can be done from ANYWHERE. Last year we made over $85,000 by blogging part-time. Not to mention, I took 3 months of “maternity leave” at the beginning of the year and we traveled a large portion of the year as well! I’m hosting a (free) online webinar all about how to start a blogging side business (no tech knowledge required)! >> Click here to register. << You’ll have the chance to start blog during the online workshop (start one as you follow along with my demonstration) – I’ll walk you through everything step-by-step!
Money Tip #4: Meal Plan TipDid you know the typical American wastes between 30-40% of their food each week? If someone is spending $100 a week on groceries, $30-$40 of that is spent on items that will be trashed. Imagine if someone bought 10 bags of groceries and then on their way out of the store tossed 3 bags in the garbage. The best solution is meal planning. We all know that meal planning saves us tons of money but yet week after week we avoid it. Or at least I was. Until I finally figured out a trick to make meal planning take less than 10 minutes. Before I was sitting down each week with a blank sheet of paper trying to rack my brain for my favorite easy recipes and if I got stuck I’d open up Pinterest and ask those around me for ideas. It was time-consuming and I’d get frustrated if the ideas I found required way too much time in the kitchen. Then one day I remembered a meal we loved, one that I used to make all the time that I’d forgotten about. That’s when I realized making a meal plan from scratch every week was a waste of time. I started keeping my previous week’s meal plans as templates. That way I could scan over them, and quickly remember all our favorite meals and quickly create a fresh meal plan for the coming week. The first couple of weeks will obviously take longer as you’re creating your initial lists of meals but after that, you’ll be recycling your lists and borrowing meal ideas. Some weeks I borrow 4 meal ideas from various lists, add 2 new ones and go from there. Other weeks I borrow an entire meal plan exactly as is. Extra tip: Always make double and freeze the extra for another day! (This white chicken chili recipe, for example, is a great one to double and freeze.)
Money Tip #5: The Spending Cheat SheetThis one sounds a little nitty-gritty but this cheat sheet makes it super easy. If you haven’t ever taken a close look at where your money is going, this step is going to help you figure out exactly where your money is going.
- Click here to download the free cheat sheet. You may need to print multiple worksheets to fit all your expenses.
- Pull out all of last month’s bank/credit card statements.
- Write down every single thing you spent money on and put the total spent in the category it best belongs in.
- The final step is evaluating and making a commitment. You’re probably already seeing some places that you can cut your spending. Your task is to look through the list and make a commitment for the upcoming month. Here are some examples:
- Save on coffee – if you spent $50 on coffee last month, commit to spending only $25 this month.
- Save on gas – find someone to commute to work with 2 days a week.
- Unsubscribe from a monthly subscription – like a $7 premium commercial-free music app. Can you live without it for a month or two?
- Save on groceries – eat as much food as possible out of the pantry and freezer instead
- Save on clothing – go on a 2 week fast from buying new clothing