I have absolutely loved writing this blog. I plan to continue. It’s forced me to find new ways to save and exposed me to some of my friends’ and readers’ secrets. Here’s a tally of how I’ve saved using this year’s blog posts. I’m not going to count health insurance, because I feel like counting it would be cheating for some reason. I’m not going to count farmers’ markets trips and cooking, because it would be too much math. So consider these numbers a conservative figure.
1. Unclaimed Money– Found $100+ for a family member. Don’t know the exact figure. It’s none of my business. So we’ll stick with $100.
2. Coupons– My one grocery store keeps track of my savings for the year at the bottom of my receipt. The savings includes store sales and coupon savings. I’m going to count them both since a part of using coupons is pairing them with store sales. Again, conservative number. I’ve used coupons at other grocery stores, etc. $588.66
3. Mailing Media Mail– $30
4. Geocaching for fun– I figure we’d spend about $30 on a “cheap” datenight. We’ve done it twice this year. So $60 stayed in our pockets.
5. Resale Baby Stores– I got paid $38.70 for things I brought in, and in a conservative figure I saved AT LEAST $40 on clothes I bought. That’s way low. So $78.70.
6. Redoing my own Furniture– $250
7. Harry Potter Savings– $26 by going to a cheaper theater and winning a contest
8. Turking– $5.62
9. Rolling our own change– $301
10. Student Discounts at Museums– $11 saved on two tickets
11. Negotiating Cable– $270
12. Cereal Box Gas Cards– $25
13. Shutterfly Coupon– $15
14. Swagbucks– $25 in Amazon giftcards that we used on gifts we were going to buy anyways. Plus a bunch of swagbucks he’s saving up for something crazy. I don’t even know what.
15. Receipt Surveys– $1.98 in Subway Cookies and $10 to New York & Company. $11.98
17. Reselling Groupons– $33.57
18. Exercising without the Gym– $480 on a gym membership
19. Cut Car Insurance Rates– $70 for the last two months of the year.
20. DIY Christmas Gifts– I figure you spend about $20 on an average gift. Spent $6 total on these. So $36 savings.
21. Selling on Amazon– $19.75
22. Decorating for Christmas– Saved $50 by buying a tree in the city instead of the suburbs. Sold a fake tree on craigslist for $15. Grand total: $65
23. Selling on eBay– $12.07
24. Using Gift Cards Creatively– $54 towards gifts for others
25. Buying Textbooks Online– $42 on a singular book.