A dollar here and there doesn’t mean too much to the bank account, but it’s when you spend a few dollars every day on top of what they’re worth elsewhere, for convenience, that will really add up over the course of a week, a month, a year. Sure, we’d love to eat out all of our meals so that we don’t have to cook or cleanup after ourselves, but it’s just not possible unless you eat fast food, which you will quickly regret as your waist size starts to increase seemingly overnight.
If you stop at a gas station or liquor store and bring out the charge card to get a single bottle of water it will cost a couple dollars, but if you buy at a grocery store you can get a whole case for around $5. Now while we could just stop there, thinking buying a case doesn’t cost that much, it really depends on how many you drink. If you are relying on that being your primary way to get water, then you can quickly go through cases a week, not to mention a month. If you can get a water cup to refill throughout the day at work and home it’s free, but if tap water bothers you, there is an option to fill a pitcher with a filter.
It’s not fun to go to CVS or Target and ring up wrapping paper, card, or gift bag and be shocked at how much a single greeting card costs. A great way to save money is to go to the dollar store and pick up for a dollar each, with no less of a noticeable quality. After all, as soon as you receive a gift you throw the paper out, save the gift bag if you remember, but greeting cards are tossed if you even save for a couple days.
Movie Theater Snacks
Going to the movies are expensive in itself, charging upwards of $12 a ticket, unless you can grab a deal for around $5 for a matinee show. It’s the concessions where you really have to open up the wallet, unless you can sit through the movies drink-less or popcorn-less (unless you sneak snacks in I guess). Between candy, popcorn, soda, let alone alcohol, you can quickly turn the date into a $50 couple of hours, let alone a family going, it’s just not worth it, to see a likely average movie.
Sure, pineapples are tough to cut, which is why grocers sell them pre-cut, but there’s a reason why they charge quadruple the price, they’re doing the work. So, ease if you picking up costs money, so if you can avoid buying pre-made food from the deli counter or pre-cut produce, you can save a significant amount of money by, well, doing it yourself, at home. While you are preparing your food, go ahead and pack yourself a lunch, so you can use what you have at home to avoid going out to lunch every day of the workweek.