How to Put $500 Back in Your Pocket Every Month
You know those weeks when it feels like you’re just bleeding money? Now’s your chance to recoup some of those losses with an extra $500 saved this month. All it takes is a couple of teeny-tiny (and super-thrifty) changes. Check it out.
GIVE UP A DAILY VICE: SAVE $90
We get it. It’s kind of like Starbucks is taunting you as you drive by on your daily commute. It’s early! You’re under-caffeinated! Treat yourself! But giving up that cup of joe could help you save big ($4.50 per coffee x 20 workdays a month = $90). Besides, you have a Keurig at home--might as well use it.
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS OVER FOR HAPPY HOUR: SAVE $40
Those $8 glasses of rosé and $5 apps really add up fast. At home? Not so much. (We love you, Three-Buck Chuck.) Think of it this way: If each person brings a bottle of wine and you provide a dreamy, under $25 cheese plate,you’ll save $40 to $50 easy.
DO YOUR OWN MANICURES: Save $60
As lovely as it is to pay someone else $15 a week (plus tip) to paint your nails, you could save more than $60 a month simply by doing them yourself. Or, OK, begging a pal to help you out. Besides, now that there’s spray-on nail polish, the job is a whole lot easier.
GO VEGGIE FOR A MONTH: Save $80
It’s a fact: Meat costs more than vegetables. In fact, trimming it from your meal plan could help you cut as much as $20 a week from your grocery tab. Score.
QUIT THE GYM: Save $75
Your membership is $75 a month, but now that the weather is finally warm, you can just pound the pavement outdoors. Also, we hear fresh air is good for the soul (or something).
CUT THE CABLE CORD: Save $100
Pretty much everything you watch is available online via Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu and Amazon Prime. And since password sharing is basically allowed (HBO Now’s CEO actually encourages it), swap passwords with your closest pals…and save yourself $100 a month.
SPRING-CLEAN YOUR CLOSET: Save $60
You haven’t worn that DVF wrap dress since 2009, but it’s a classic. Take it (and any other designer castoffs) to a consignment shop or a site like eBay or Tradesy. Then enjoy the extra money in your pocket…and extra space in your closet.