So, you’re feeling a little pinched this week, huh? Sometimes it is hard to make the money last until your next paycheck, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. Depending on your situation, there are lots of things that you can do to make your paycheck stretch!
Eat Leftovers. Instead of going out to lunch, be sure and pack leftovers from last night’s dinner. Using up these leftovers is one of the easiest things that you can do to save money all around. We waste a ridiculous amount of money hitting the drive though for lunch on a daily basis, it’s time to break that cycle. And I don’t know about you, but I happen to love leftovers.
Learn to love the staples. Seriously, if you are hungry, head to the kitchen and make yourself a PB&J. It’s easy, it’s cheap and it’s not just for kids. We need to remember that food is for fuel, not for fun so just eat what you have and you will save a significant amount of money. If we are talking dinner, put a pot of beans on and you can eat for several days for CHEAP!
Carpool. If you are finding yourself spending too much money on fuel, you should consider carpooling. Depending on your commute you could easily save $100 or more each month.
Become familiar with helping programs. If you are really struggling to make ends meet and your income is low enough to qualify, there are many programs out there that are available to help you. Food banks and resource centers offer food boxes (typically weekly). You can also find help with your utility bills from some churches and resource centers.
Have any of these tips worked for you? What are your favorite money stretching tips?