It's not easy to save money these days. Between student loans, car payments, and rent, it can seem like there is no way to put anything away for the future. But if you really want to make an effort to save money one of the best places to start is by cutting back on what you buy – even things that you think you need.
1. Bottled Water
Stop spending money on bottled water. It’s expensive and wasteful. Not only are you paying a premium price for the bottle, but then there's all that plastic to deal with too. In 2016, only 11.8% of plastic bottles were recycled.
2. Grocery Shopping Everyday
If you're someone who goes to the grocery store every day, then it's time to make a plan. When you only buy a few things each day it may seem like you’re not making any unnecessary purchases. Wrong.
3. Expensive Gym Membership
Working out is incredibly important for your physical and mental health, but if you're paying a premium price for a gym membership it might just be getting in the way of saving money.
4. Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets are a great way to prolong the freshness of your clothes, but they also come with a hefty price tag. Instead of buying dryer sheets, buy wool dryer balls and add them in when you start drying your clothes.
5. Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning products can be expensive and often they're not environmentally friendly either. Instead of buying from the store, you can make your own cleaning supplies with vinegar and baking soda easily.
6. Unused Subscriptions
I bet you have at least a few unused subscriptions that are charging your credit card every single month. Whether you're getting something you never use or paying for a service every month, these monthly fees will start adding up fast – so it's time to cut that extra cost.
7. Occasion Clothes
If you're someone who tends to buy clothes exclusively for special occasions (weddings, birthdays, and the like) you’re spending too much money on clothing.
Cocktails are expensive – especially when you're out at your favorite bar. Instead of spending $15 or more on a cocktail, consider splitting the drink with someone else instead.
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