How can Cooking Savings Tips save you money?

52. Plan your meals around your store’s special flyers. Instead of just planning your meals based on a cookbook or whatever you can dream up, plan all your meals around what’s on special. Look at the specials, then plan meals based on those ingredients and what you have on hand. Many of the stores also share recipes or suggested meal plans, you will find you will buy less and also use of items in your cupboard, thus savings on grocery bills.

53. Eat breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast fills you up with energy for the day and also decreases your desire to have a morning snack.

Entertainment Savings Tips

54. Don’t pay full price for entertainment
There are some amazing deals online now for a variety of entertainment – from activities for children at Theme Parks (well for adults as well) to theatre, dinners, weekends away and even overseas holidays.

55. Walk/cycle to the station/work
It’s free and a great way to keep fit and healthy.

56. An outing to your local library. Don’t look at a library as just a place to get old books. Look at it as a free place for a number of activities – books, CD’s, DVD’s, read the paper, internet and many other free events. The local library is a mecca for the money saver. You’ll never need to buy another cookbook, guidebook or lifestyle manual again and if you can bear to wait a few weeks in the queue for the latest blockbuster, you never need to buy books again. 

57. Invite friends over instead of going out. Almost every activity at home is less expensive than going out. Invite some friends over and have a cookout, watch a DV, play board games and have a few drinks. Everyone will have fun, the cost will be low, and the others will likely reciprocate not long afterwards.

58. Swap babysitting with neighbours. Does your neighbour also have children or a teenager that would like some extra pocket money?  Taking it in turns for a night out  to a couple dinner can make it a lot more affordable and more regular thus saving money and working on a healthy relationship.

59. Pack food before you go on a family road trip. That way, instead of stopping in the middle of the trip, driving around looking for a place to eat, spending a bunch of time there, and then paying a hefty bill, you can just eat on the road or, better yet, stop at a park and stretch for a bit.

60. Check out what your Council or local park has to offer. My local area has regular free children movies in the park, play groups and even fitness or walking groups. A great way to save money with free activities and also stay health and fit and meet new people.

Where can you save Around the Home

61. Turn off the television. One big way to save money is to watch less television. There are a lot of financial benefits to this –less exposure to guilt-inducing ads, more time to focus on other things in life, less electrical use, and so on. It’s great to unwind in the evening, maybe seek another hobby to do that.

62. Be diligent about turning off lights before you leave. So simple but how many times do you come home and find a light or fan left on.

63. Buy appliances based on reliability, not what’s cheapest at the store. An hour’s worth of research can easily save you hundreds of dollars. A reliable, energy efficient item may cost you more initially, but if it continually saves you energy and lasts for fifteen years, you’ll save significant money in the long run.

64. Start a garden. Gardening is an inexpensive hobby and something you can do whether you have a backyard or even just a balcony. A great way to grow your favourite vegetable when they are in season.

65. Celebrate Earth Hour – it’s not only is it good for the electricity bill, it is great for the planet… Try and have a mini Earth Hour in your household each month.

Watch out for tomorrow we will be talking about Driving tips to save money