On Saturday, Reddit user u/Mental_Log4115asked, "What are some random money-saving hacks?" People came through with random, resourceful ways to just save some money. Some are simple, and some will make you say, "Wow, never thought of that!"
Here's what they said:
1."Just because you can buy something, doesn't mean you can afford it."
7."Avoid buying snacks and drinks for convenience when you're out. A 20-oz is usually $2. You can get a 2-liter on sale for $1 at times. A small bag of chips or another snack can be $1-$2. For another $1-$2, you can get a whole bag or box that has 4x the amount."
8."Brew coffee at home, or get iced coffee from the store. There are some good brands for like $5/half gallon, and if you are too tired/busy to grind beans or brew, it's still cheaper than coffee shops."
13."Every time you get a raise, automatically save half of the raise. Savings is anything that improves net worth, so paying off debt, putting in a savings account, investing in retirement, etc. The day before you get the raise, you didn't know it was coming, so the money isn't part of your plans yet."
14."Get an empty dish detergent bottle, fill halfway with distilled water, fill the rest with dish detergent, then fill the other bottle to the top with distilled water. Works just as well, and two bottles for the price of one."
17."Take care of your credit. You need that 780 credit score because it gives you buying power when you want to purchase big ticket items, like a house or a car, but you can do it at a low cost of borrowing. Between a house note and a car note, the cost difference of having good credit vs. mediocre credit could realistically be $1,000 per month."
19."I use an app called Acorns that essentially is the equivalent of saving your spare change, but uses whatever debit and/or credit cards you link to it. It rounds up your transactions to the nearest dollar and deposits that into a savings account. You can also double or triple what it rounds up if you want. I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be used as a retirement/investment thing, but I just use it to save up a little money on the side."
20."Go to beauty schools to get a haircut. They're way cheaper than any barbershop/salon. If you shave, buy double-edge safety blades. You can get 100 for about $15. That's a small fraction of what a year's worth of cartridge razors will cost you."