19 Frugal Things I’m Doing To Save Money in 2019

by - 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

2019 is almost over, and I wanted to check in to see how you're doing with your financial goals? As prior stated, financial literacy is my passion. I truly enjoy learning new ways to save for my family, and ways to share with my reader's ways they can start saving immediately. Below, I'm sharing 19 frugal things I'm doing and I have continued to do in prior years to save money.

19 Frugal Things I’m Doing To Save Money in 2019
Receipt Pal
I started using the Receipt Pal app a couple of years ago. You pretty much scan your receipts and you can earn points that you can use your points to earn gift cards to stores like Amazon and Target. This is one of my favorite ways to save money. 

Meal Plan
Meal planning saves me and my family a lot of money. One I'm not ordering out as much and we also have the items that are needed in our home which reduces that amount of time that we're at a grocery store.

Shopping List
Going to the store with a shopping list and only purchasing items on your shopping list. Eliminates overspending and purchasing unwanted items.

Crockpot Life
I did some research and found that a crockpot actually saves on your electric bill because of course, you're not using an entire oven. My goal is to make at least one crockpot meal a week.

Groupon for Dates
I never paid attention until recently. However, Groupon has some really great sale offers if you're paying attention to your alerts and emails. Combine a great deal with cashback with eBates and you're saving even more money. My goal is to also watch how much money we're spending on purchase dates as well and to not just buy because of the price if that makes any sense. Last year we took advantage of some really great deals one being our trip to a local brewery. It was a great deal and out of the norm of what we typically do.

Going out for Lunch
I've learned that most cases, lunch is mostly a lot cheaper than dinner options at our local restaurants and we actually save a by going on dates during the day. Is this ideal all the time? No, however, most restaurants offer lunch specials on the weekends as well and our favorite restaurant actually gives great lunch portions.

Flying Budget-Friendly Flights
I'm all for budget-friendly flights like flying United Airlines' basic economy or flying Spirit Airlines.  However, this year I actually became a cardholder for airlines and it's life-changing. Especially, when attending so many conferences throughout the year. My first checked bag is free which saves me $45 per person. The membership really does pay for itself.  Plus, priority boarding is such a game changer!!

Make Homemade
Last year I really tried to focus on creating more homemade meals. Since I eat mostly a plant-based diet. I typically make a ton of desserts, pie crust, and snacks homemade. It's great because I know first hand what's going in my food and I have more control of the sugar content.

Use Cash Apps
As prior stated, I'm a huge fan of Cash Back apps and my goal is to use them whenever it's applicable. Some of my favorite apps are Top Cash BackEbatesDOSH, and Ibotta.

Plan Ahead for Holidays
I am big on planning ahead for the holiday. and it's never too early or too late for you to start too. I want to get better at actually making and budgeting for the holidays in advance no matter how big or small it may be. I found myself. A little last minute with my gift for Michael this year and I could have actually made the gift weeks in advance since I had everything on hand. I also would like to make more DIY gifts in advance, because once the largest holidays come around I typically get really busy and the projects never happen.

Air Dry Clothing
I love air drying my clothes. Of course, it's a lot easier during the warmer months. However, I'm learning to airdry what I can during the wintertime and I've been really impressed with how well I've been doing.

Starting a Garden
For the last couple of years, I've started a garden. I try my best to start a garden indoors. However, I typically forget to water the plant. This year I plan on adding more items to my garden and actually starting in advance. I already purchased a couple of items and I can't wait to get started with it.

Amazon Prime
This is actually my second or third year as a prime member and I actually love the service. I have Prime Music which I love and it's nice to get the items shipped two days or receive a credit if I don't need rush shipping. The two-day shipping really comes in handy, especially during the holidays.

Created/Maintain A Routine
During the fall/winter, my routine has been all out of wack and I really miss having a daily routine. What I love about routines is that it actually keeps you on task and your time and money are accounted for. I have a schedule and a to-do list and know what I need to get done. I know what I need to work on next and what I'm making for dinner. I know what time I want dinner started by because I have a routine. It's not perfect. However, it helps me a lot with staying on task.

Homemade Gifts
This year I want to focus more on personalized homemade gifts. I have a silhouette machine and I need to use it. I did such a great job in the past years making personalized homemade gifts. I have to get back on track with making them and actually setting time aside to create them

Stock Up on Sales
I think I'm the self-proclaimed queen of sales. However, I have to get in the habit of stocking up on items that we use on a daily basis. I know the items that we need to keep on hand and typically run out of on a regular basis. Like spaghetti sauce, stuffing, pasta, and cream of chicken etc. Why pay full price when the items regularly go on sale.

Use a Toaster Oven
Last year during Black Friday. We invested in a toaster oven. I'm so happy that we did. I believe we paid under $20 for it. It's not high tech or anything. However, it does the job and it makes it so much easier when making small portions that require an oven.

Wash After 7:00 pm
I learned a couple of years ago that the electric rates change during the day. I also learned by washing after 7:00 pm at night that I could save money. I typically don't implement this as much during the warmer months. Because I'm typically air drying our clothes. However, it really comes in handy during the winter months with having to use our water and dryer a lot more. I would defiantly check with your electric carrier to see if your rates change.

Bring My Own Bag
This summer my state implemented a bag tax. I always try to remember to bring my own bag, and our Target still offers five cents for each bag you bring.

What are some ways you're saving money this year?

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  1. I do several of these things to save money. I love earning airline points with my credit card (which I pay off in full every single month). I was able to fly business class for free when we vacationed in the Caribbean a few months ago because of my points.

  2. I try to do a lot of this as well. I love to save money so I always use coupons and apps. Plus I shop sales!

  3. I use a few things myself. The receipt when I do every year and that gives me a little bit of spending money for Christmas. I need to do a couple more things to save. And this post remind me of that.

  4. Your list is a lot like mine. Make your own, make lists, etc. Those really do help me a lot.

  5. I've (mostly) been going home for lunch! I make a sandwich, play with the kitties, switch the laundry. It's a win all the way around. xx

  6. You have so many great ideas here to save money. Every bit counts and all of these are sure to add up. I totally try to go out to lunch over dinner because of the pricing.

  7. We are on a journey to save more money. My first objective is to get back in the habit of meal planning. We waste so much money on last minute drive through dinners.

  8. So many great things you are doing to save money. I love Amazon Prime, I buy several things on their reorder plan so I get it for the best price and it shows up when I need it.

  9. I am such a frugal as well. I think it's more worth it when you buys something that pays off from the start until the long run. Best of luck!

  10. These are great ways to save money. I forgot about doing laundry during off hours. We typically cook most of our meals at home, but I'll have to try to prepare more meals in a crockpot.

  11. I do a lot of air drying more to protect my clothing from the dryer but it does save a lot of money especially since we don't have washer/dryer hookup and have to go to the laundry mat. I also love the idea of going out for lunch instead of dinner. We actually do this quite a bit, because we're old and eat early lol. (Rena)

  12. For the first time in 40 years, my husband and I are not exchanging gifts for Christmas. We are limiting what we purchase for our 34 year old daughter and we will put real stocking stuffers in the stockings instead of cash, gift cards, jewelry and other small expensive items.


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