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I can’t believe it’s October already! I love this time of year…cooler weather, fall, pumpkins–but another thing that tends to come with this time of year can be extra expenses. September is always an expensive month for our family-between Labor Day, my birthday, my parent’s anniversary and my dad’s birthday (all in one week)…it can get expensive! We were able to save money in September using a few tried and true techniques that we turn to when we know it will be an expensive month.
5 Ways We Saved Money in September:
We made coffee at home. My hubby has a bad habit of buying energy drinks each morning before work. In his defense, he does get up super early each day for work –but, I always worry about how healthy those drinks truly are, plus…they get expensive! In September he started making coffee at home more and it has saved us a lot of money. I make my coffee at home as well using my favorite Caramel Coffee Recipe and our Keurig. This saves us money daily, because we aren’t buying coffee at coffee shops and also, we aren’t making an entire pot of coffee and pouring it out because we don’t drink it all. Our Keurig offers the perfect size cup of coffee without wasting any. Approximate Savings: $50
We drove my husband’s car. While we both have SUV’s, my husband has a smaller SUV. It also gets better gas mileage than mine does. When we went to Jekyll Island in September, we drove my husband’s car. Although it wasn’t as comfortable as my car, it saved us a good amount of gas money. Approximate Savings: $50
I ate lunch at home. I have to admit, I have been guilty lately of packing our little one up, running out and getting lunch. Sometimes, you just need to get out of the house. Sometimes is the key word there. Going a few times a week gets expensive! We are working on eating healthier in our household, so that means eating at home more often. I have made it a goal to only eat lunch out twice a month and it did save us money this month. Approximate Savings: $25
We Started Christmas Shopping Early. I have been watching sales for Christmas gifts and stocking up as items go on sale. I recently found a LeapFrog toy for our little one for Christmas for $10 off. Smaller savings like this adds up, especially when it comes to holiday shopping! Approximate Savings: $10
We Stopped Buying Sodas. We used to keep sodas stocked at our house, mainly for my hubby’s lunch. This tends to get expensive! This month, instead we purchased bottled water and ‘drink drops’. It is much healthier and also has saved us money. Approximate Savings: $20
How Did You Save Money in September?