10 Simple Money Saving Tips

Everyone these days wants a better idea of how they can save money. Most of the time, though, the best savings come on everyday purchases, or on regular expenditures that you make. If you want to save more money over time, and if you are ready to improve your finances overall, looking for ways to save money regularly can be a big help.

Here are 10 money saving tips that have helped me and hopefully you can benefit from doing these as well.

  1. Don’t pay an annual credit card fee. There are many cards that don’t have fees and still include the extras like warranty extension and travel insurance. You can get great perks that can save you money overall, and you don’t even need to pay an annual fee. The warranty extension can be great because then it saves you money on extended warranty costs as well.
  2. Cut back on going to restaurants. Instead, plan your meals. You’ll save money on your food bill, and you’ll eat healthier, too. If you like to go out to eat on occasion, you can save money when you consider getting your local Entertainment Book
    . This book includes a lot of 2 for 1 deals at restaurants. It can pay for itself in a couple outings!
  3. 10 Simple Money Saving Tips
    Consider switching you local phone to a VOIP provider like Primus or Vonage. For $30 you can have local, long distance, caller ID, messaging and all the other bells and whistles. It’s a much better deal than many of the “traditional” telecommunications providers.
  4. Get a quote on your home and auto insurance (try Kanetix) to make sure you’re getting the best price. Staying with the same insurer can get you loyalty discounts, but if someone else is cheaper it might be time to change. At the very least, shop around once or twice a year, and if you find a cheaper rate, let your agent know and give your current insurer a chance to match the rate.
  5. Switch to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). While the bulb will cost more than a regular bulb, one $3 bulb can provide you with $15 to $50 in energy savings over the 5 year life of the bulb. Over time, that starts to add up. It’s a long-term win.
  6. If your cellphone contract is up within the next few months, call the company and ask to speak to their retentions department. If you let them know you’re considering switching to another provider, most are able to give you a deal better than you’ll find advertised. It’s an awesome way to get a good deal on your service.
  7. Instead of buying coffee at Tim Hortons or Starbucks, make it at home and bring it to work in a thermos or travel mug. This will also save you some time in line ups and gas since you aren’t making the detour on your way to work!
  8. Review your cable TV package. Are there any channels you can do without? You might be able to save $20 a month by downgrading one tier. And, if you realize that you aren’t watching much TV at all, you might do better ditching the cable. Plenty of online services can offer you access to your must-see show for much less than buying an entire package.
  9. Using a water filter at home instead of buying bottled water can save quite a bit. I have a water cooler, but instead of buying the large bottles, I have a refillable bottle and just replace the filter every 3-6 months.
  10. Install a programmable thermostat. The thermostat can be programmed to reduce heat or air conditioning when you’re away or asleep. Energy Star states that homeowners can save $180 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings.

This certainly isn’t everything you can do but it’s a step in the right direction to keeping more of your money. I’d love to hear your best tips as well. How do you save money each day?

Written by Tom Drake

Tom Drake is the owner and head writer of Canadian Finance Blog. While you’re here, consider signing up for the RSS feed or email subscription. Both deliver the latest articles directly to you! You can also follow me on Twitter for all the latest posts or to send me any comments or questions!

18 Responses to 10 Simple Money Saving Tips

  1. I’ve been trying to convince myself to install a programmable thermostat for some time. The one I want has WiFi in it and you can log into a site from anywhere in the world and control you temps. It’s not cheap, but they can usually pay for themselves in 1-2 years.

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  9. Looking at this list its quite clear that its the small things that add up over time that we actually tend to spend more on and on which we can save on when we cut back; cable tv, coffee, lighting for our homes, cellphone plans etc. I think its crucial to go over our recurring expenses and weigh them critically and cut back on what we can.
    Great tips!

  10. I guess it is all about ‘planning’ in life! Mismanagement is the most expensive mistake and this is the reason why our income suffers. Plan your day and expenditure accordingly and follow these amazing tips. Thanks for sharing this awesome post, I appreciate this concern :)

  11. Great money saving tips! I am always looking to be frugal. another great way to cut down on the grocery bill is scoring the best deal at the time of purchase. A great Canadian site that I use to find the best deal on meat neat me is Meat Deal Finder It filters the local stores and tells me the cheapest place to go to buy what I want to BBQ that evening. Same concept as the cheapest gas sites.

  12. Folks: In my experience of 20+ years in finance, it is important to learn how money works. Tips in this blog are good but the key observation is people just don’t know how money works.

    Saving in all of the above practices will lead to “nothing” if you don’t take the money saved and invest it. All efforts go into futility. The way money works is to have it work for you.

    So, lets say you save $10 in electricity, $5 in water, $30 in making your own coffee and $100 on lunches. Awesome. Total it up — $145 – round it to $150. Take that money and invest it automatically !!! Every two weeks. See your efforts to save turn into wealth!

    So $150 /month = $1800 /year at 7% can yield $25,000 over 10 years (if you put into Tax Free Savings – you can save on taxes) – now your efforts to save in small things show big results.

    Building wealth is less about how much you make and its “all” about how you manage it. Each and everyday, keep track of what you spend on… water bottle, chocolate bar, chips, at a bar, buying something “because” its on sale. All these are huge dent to wealth. You can buy all of these at much cheaper price.

    An average person spends $82 per week on the above. Over a year that works out to be $4,264 that is approximately $6,100 of income before tax (30% avg).

    There are many many hidden costs that can be saved… but saving on paper means little unless you make this savings work for you through investments and see it grow.

  13. Does this sound like you? Drove home from work, got back into the car and drove to the grocery to buy milk and bread. Arrived home and went out again (by car) to pick up the dry-cleaning. Got home and realized that your wallet was empty so drove to the bank ATM……..

    Ever thought of making a list and doing it all in one round trip? Even better have you considered using the two (atrophying) appendages between your hips and feet to get around?

    Gotta go. I need to fill the car, 6th time since last Xmas.

  14. How about giving up the car, or at least perhaps using the bicycle to run errands of less than 5km?

    Or if you live not too far from your work then cyclocommuting could be the thing. Two birds, one stone–you don’t need to drive, you get your daily exercise. No more gym membership.

    Good for the wallet. Good for the body. Good for the environment. Win, win, win!

  15. Some really good tips here. Another way to save money is to bundle your insurance policy especially if you have several such as car, home/contents, boat or other separate policies. It’s mind boggling when you sit down and figure out how much you spend on coffee and lunches and other items you can save on.Any tips of saving on gas and car repairs?

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