I can’t believe it’s almost mid-September and I haven’t written this post yet. It has been a busy month so far. A great month, but a busy month! August was pretty uneventful for us financially, but we did manage to save money in August.
5 Ways We Saved Money in August
Making Less Trips Out. I have been more purposeful about planning our week and planning dry cleaning drop off/pick up on a day I go to the grocery store so that I can make one trip instead of going out three or four days a week and running all over the place. This is saving gas (money) and time!
Making coffee at home. I have a weakness for McDonald’s caramel iced coffees. It’s a problem, and my first step is admitting it. It can be an expensive problem though! I have been making coffee at home instead of going out for coffee, and only purchasing coffee on special occasions or as a treat once a week. I have been using this coffee and this creamer, they are amazing and taste just as good as the coffee you can purchase!
Asking for the lunch portion. We have a local Chinese restaurant that we LOVE. As a treat, we occasionally order food from there. Recently, I asked them for their lunch portion food and it was plenty! It was also $3 cheaper per plate. The only difference in the lunch combo and the dinner combo was that the lunch combo didn’t come with an egg roll -which was fine because my hubby doesn’t eat them anyways and I can live without them. Win! We can both eat our favorite Chinese food for $13.00 total, making for a nice treat every once in awhile.
Amazon Daily Deal Sale. We have been in the market for a new car seat for our little one since he quickly outgrew his infant seat. I have been keep an eye on Amazon’s sales and we were able to purchase this car seat for under $100 because of an Amazon daily deal. I will also say that we got another discount on the seat because the original shipment was lost and they had to send a new one out. Have I said that I LOVE Amazon’s customer service?
Car Service. I know, this is an annoying one. I hate dealing with car maintenance. However, it really is the life of the car We both had the oil changed in our cars this month, and I had to put a drive belt on my car. Granted, it did cost us around $100 for the belt, it was MUCH needed and saved us money in the long run. The dealership told me that the belt was cracked and worn and it was ‘a matter of time’ before it broke, which would have likely left me stranded on the side of the road or worse, ruined my engine. The up front investment of routine maintenance in our cars is something that saves us money (and trouble) in the long run.
How did you save money in August?