July can be an expensive month for many. Vacations, BBQ’s, pool parties, kids are out of school, power bills are higher…you name it, there is every reason for expenses to be more during summer months. July tends to be expensive for us as well, it’s my husband’s birthday month. Although summer months can get expensive, we still found a few ways to cut costs in July. Below are 5 Ways We Saved Money in July:
- Using generic brand baby supplies. We switched little man to the store brand of diapers & wipes, and also a generic formula brand. He hasn’t had any issues with either, thankfully! The diapers & wipes are about $3 less expensive per pack and the formula is about $8 cheaper per can. This has been a huge savings to us! While I know that not every child can tolerate store brand diapers, wipes and formula, if your little one can tolerate it, I highly recommend it. I was very careful about switching his formula and compared ingredients carefully. Surprisingly, the store brand of formula has better ingredients than the name brand! Estimated Savings: $50
- Practical Birthday Gifts. While I could have bought my hubby some frivolous gifts, this year I opted for more practical gifts. I will post a full run down this week of his birthday gifts, but the one that I want to mention right now is this IntelliSMART 5A 4-Port USB Wall/Travel Charger. It is such a cool gadget! If you are like us, you have a million electronic devices and they usually all need to be charged at once. This device allows you to charge up to 4 devices at once, using one outlet. This was just one of several practical gifts that I purchased for my hubby for his birthday (I may sneak and use it for my tablet and phone every now and then). Right now, you can get 20% off if you use coupon code: SmartPwr and of course, if you have Amazon Prime, you get free shipping! With the holidays right around the corner, I would recommend grabbing a few of these with the coupon code and stashing them for gifts for your friends and family. Estimated Savings: $20
- Office Supplies. This past weekend was tax free weekend in our state. I took full advantage of it! I needed some office supplies for my home office and my hubby needed some school supplies for when he starts back to college in a couple of weeks. Savings: $15
- Grocery Curbside Pick Up. Since having our little one, I have been trying to find ways to save time and simplify our life. Our local grocery store charges $4.99 for curbside grocery pick up. You place your order online, select a time for pick up and can even pay online. You pull up to the curb, text them when you are there and they bring the groceries out and load them in your car. I don’t even have to leave the car! It may sound like this is an additional fee, but what I have found is when I stick to my list and order online, I’m not tempted to pick up sale items or additional items we don’t necessarily need. Estimated Savings: $35
- Weekly Meal Prep. While we try to minimize eating out, I have also started prepping my lunches on the weekend for the following week. I have been making chicken salad to eat throughout the week. It saves me from wanting to run out and grab a ‘quick’ lunch. Estimated Savings: $45
July Savings: $165
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