Money Saving Tips

August 1, 2013
I thought I'd blog about something a little different today and share some simple suggestions that could help you save some money.

1)  Buy a set of blank cards instead of individual cards. When giving gifts, it is a nice gesture to always include a card, but a decent card usually runs between $3-$6 at places like Target or Meijer.  Sure, there are ones that cost less, but it seems like those ones LOOK cheap or say really stupid things on them.  I've also tried Dollar General for cards, but again, I just wasn't that satisfied with how the cards looked.  Over the course of a year, I spend a ridiculous amount of money on cards that I just sign my name on, and I feel like most people just throw them away.  What I've decided to do from now on is buy a set of blank cards that look really nice.  They are cheaper, there are many design options, and there is more space available so that you are able to write a personal note.  Also, since they are blank, they can be kept on hand and be used for anything from thank you notes to birthday cards.  It could save you a trip to the store, too.

Take a look at these cute blank cards I picked up at Target.  I bought 10 high-quality cards for $3.99.  I've already mailed one of these out to my sister whose birthday is coming up.


2) Consider buying used electronics. My digital camera (that I bought new, by the way) broke after three years.  I didn't bother getting it fixed because I would have had to ship it out and then pay someone just to diagnose the problem, plus pay for whatever was actually wrong with my camera.  Not worth it!  I opted to replace it, instead.  When shopping around, I found a Panasonic Lumix FZ60 Digital Camera for $215 used.  To buy it new on Amazon would have cost $309, see link.  I found my camera on the B&H website
in the used department for $215, so I saved almost $100.  My camera works perfectly, and I honestly cannot tell that it was ever even used at all.  Sure, there a few things that I want to buy new, like my laptop, for instance, but there are some electronics that I just want to have, and I could care less if they were previously owned if that is going to knock of lots of $$.  I think I may have picked up this tip from my boyfriend who saves hundreds of dollars buying used video games instead of new ones.


3) Buy a reusable water bottle like the one below and be sure to fill it up and carry it with you.  I really take mine almost everywhere, and very rarely pay for bottled water.  This bottle is very convenient in airports because you can carry it in empty, go through security, and then fill it right up.  I've taken it (or one that is similar) with me on trips, and it was very useful since there wasn't always clean drinking water available when  I was out and about.  I also keep it in my car when I know that I'm going to be driving long distances, I take it in with me to the movies, and toted it to class to avoid paying $1.50 for a smaller water from a vending machine.  Sure, a $1.50 doesn't seem like that much money, but over time it really adds up!  I bet I saved hundreds of dollars by using this instead of buying bottled water--I'm not kidding!


Although I do own other water bottles, this one by Embarq is my favorite because the lid is attached!  I have a SIGG water bottle that I can't find the lid for, rendering it useless.  From now on I'm only buying ones with attached lids!

What are some of the ways in which you save money?
10 comments on "Money Saving Tips"
  1. I have one of these water bottles and I find that this material is safer, it doesn't contain that BPA stuff or the chemicals in plastic reusable water bottles. It also keeps the water cooler for longer. I know what you mean about the cards, I keep my cards but a lot of people toss them so sometimes its better to save some money on those.

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    1. My water bottle was a gift from my boyfriend, and I told him not to get me a plastic one for all the reasons you named. :)

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  2. This is great advice. I especially love the cards. I buy cards for everyone for any occasion. I never thought to just buy blank cards and use them for everything. So smart.

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    1. Glad to help! Spending $$ on cards can really add up, and I feel like sometimes they are too cheesy, sentimental, or generic! If I had a lot of time, I would give homemade cards.

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  3. I'm badly in need of a good camera, thanks for this advice. I'll start my search soon (:

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  4. Target has a great stationary section with very reasonable prices. I never thought about used electronics, but that is a huge money saver. Thanks for the tips!
    Courtney
    Passionately Curious

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  5. Love the Target stationary - I started doing blank cards about 2 years ago so I would always have something on hand :) I read a lot so I use the library to the max - I read 60-70 books a year I can't imagine paying for them -even used. I also always check for things I want on Amazon to see if they have it "used" or just a better deal. ohh and start Christmas shopping in like March and you save a bundle!

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    1. Yes, I love going to the library, but I should go more often for DVD's since those are also free! I never thought of Christmas shopping in March--you're right, that would be a good way to save and a good way to not have to go broke in December buying for everyone at once.

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