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Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches have never been this easy to make! Simply pull out your crock pot and let it do all the work!

Welcome to another week in the 52 Weeks of Pinterest Challenge hosted by Glitter on a Dime!  It’s a great challenge for those of us that have become Pinterest hoarders.  We’re all just waiting for the day when we’ll actually do some of those pins!

This past week, I decided to try my hands at a recipe for BBQ pulled pork sandwiches from this pin.  It was definitely a Pinterest success!  Read on for all the details!  🙂

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52 Weeks of Pinterest

Just like last week’s Pinterest attempt, I tried another Weight Watchers recipe.  I’ve been on WW since Dec. 31, and while I’ve had more cheat days than I would care to admit, I have lost 4 pounds so far and I’m quite happy with that.  My goal is to lose 15 lbs. by the end of March.  So far, I’m on a pretty good track!

Now, before we tackle this recipe, here’s one thing you should know.  I have grown up on Memphis-style BBQ, and have a certain taste expectation.  I’ve tried BBQ in other areas of the country, and if you like a sweet BBQ like I do, the best place you’ll find that is in Memphis.  Needless to say, I was a little nervous trying out a sauce recipe completely from scratch.  But on the flip side, I did like knowing exactly everything that went into it.  

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches have never been this easy to make!  Simply pull out your crock pot and let it do all the work!

Here’s the full recipe –

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 pork loin chops

First, line your crock pot with a crock pot liner.  Trust me, clean up will be soooo much easier if you do!  Next, add the tomato sauce, honey and all seasonings and mix well.  This recipe makes a LOT of sauce, so you might be able to double up on your pork chops if you need to feed a large crowd.

Next, add your pork chops.  Spoon your sauce mixture over them until completely covered.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches have never been this easy to make!  Simply pull out your crock pot and let it do all the work!

Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours.  Meat will literally fall apart when done!  Gently separate meat with a pair of forks.  Serve on your bread of choice.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches have never been this easy to make!  Simply pull out your crock pot and let it do all the work!

I served these on Healthy Life Wheat Sandwich Buns.  It’s not what I originally had in mind, but when you’re counting every single point, you can’t afford to waist them on bread.  These were only 2 points per bun!

And the sauce came out quite well – much better than I expected!  I was a little nervous adding vinegar to the mix because there are some vinegar-based BBQ sauces that are not my cup of tea.  I prefer a sweet BBQ sauce, and the honey gave this sauce just the right amount of sweet flavor!

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches have never been this easy to make!  Simply pull out your crock pot and let it do all the work!

When you live in the South, particularly in the Memphis area, it’s a given that you’ll be eating a lot of BBQ pulled pork.  I mean, you’re almost not really from Memphis if you don’t!  While I’ll leave the smoking and rib-making to the experts, I will definitely add this recipe to my dinner rotation and make it again.

As for the WW points, a serving size of BBQ pulled pork (about 1/2 of one pork chop) is just 6 Points Plus.  Add that with the bun and it’s just 8 points total. 

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  2. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  3. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  4. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  5. 1/4 cup honey
  6. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  7. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  10. 4 pork loin chops
Instructions
  1. Place liner inside crockpot (optional)
  2. Mix sauce, honey and all seasonings in crockpot.
  3. Lay pork chops in sauce and spoon sauce over chops until covered.
  4. Cook on high 2-3 hours or on low for 4-6 hours until chops reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  5. Serve alone or with your choice of bun.
Notes
  1. Recipe makes a lot of sauce, so you may want to double up your pork chops.
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How I Earn Free Gift Cards Every Month

I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

There are all sorts of ways to get free money.  You may be doing it the easy way by using coupons and rebate apps to save money on your groceries.  I’m here to tell you that there are ways to earn even more.

There are all sorts of programs/websites/apps that will pay you money for you doing certain activities.  These may be downloading an app, watching a video, taking a survey, clicking through a slideshow, or redeeming an offer.  Most programs give you points for these activities, which you then redeem for free gift cards.

**This is the prime way I earn extra money for my grocery budget each month.**

 

Why not spend money that I got for FREE instead of money that I worked hard for?!  Sounds like a no brainer to me.  🙂

By no means is this an all-inclusive post about all the MANY sites that are available to earn free gift cards.  However, they are the websites and apps that I have personally been successful with, and would recommend hands down.  I’m going to offer you a few program suggestions that can get you started and on your way to earning some free gift cards immediately.

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Swagbucks

This is my top recommendation as I’ve found it to be the easiest, most user-friendly platform of them all to earn free gift cards.

 
Join Swagbucks!
You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What’s Online at Swagbucks.com

I’ve been a Swagbucks member for a long time, but I didn’t start to really use my account diligently until a few months ago.  I wanted to find a way to earn some extra cash, but didn’t want something that felt like a “job.”  What I love about Swagbucks is that I can do it on my own time.  There’s absolutely zero commitment, and I get out whatever I put in.  I’ll use it regularly for 2-3 days, then give myself a break.  

I’ve found that the smartphone app is the most convenient way to do activities.  For instance, I can set it up on a video channel, and practically leave it there to run itself.  Once in a while, I’ll need to click an “x” to move on from an ad, but I don’t find that to be a huge deal.  Generally, for every 6 videos that you watch through the app, you can earn 2 points.  Occasionally, there are little promotions that offer double Swagbucks for watching videos.  Make sure you have your notifications on your cell phone so you can take advantage of these while they’re available!

If you don’t have a smartphone, don’t let that deter you.  There’s even more opportunities available on the actual website. 

How you make money is simple – for every activity you complete, you earn points.  Each point is worth 1 penny.  As your points add up, you can redeem them for free gift cards!  The ones I redeem on a regular basis are Amazon, Walmart, and Target.  And just to give you an idea of how easy it is, 300 points can net you a $3 gift card…sweet!

Once per month, you are also allowed a discount on your first redeemed gift card.  For instance, you can get an Amazon gift card that would normally cost 2500 points (valued at $25) for only 2200 points (valued at $22)!

How do you earn points?  That’s easy, too!  There are literally TONS of ways to do it, but I stick with the tried-and-true offers.  Those are completing surveys, watching videos, searching the web, online shopping (doing it through them earns you cash back), and printing grocery coupons.  There are other things to do besides those, but I’ve found those to be the easiest.  Printing the coupons is a no-brainer because every time I redeem a coupon printed through Swagbucks, I get 10 extra points.  It can take a few weeks for those points to show up in my account, but it’s a happy surprise when they do.  😉  I already use coupons on a regular basis, so I might as well get even more money back, ya know?

Do I have you intrigued to start swagging?  If so, just click this link to set up your own account.  Once you’ve earned your first 300 points, you’ll get a $3 bonus!

InboxDollars


InboxDollars is another website similar to Swagbucks, but it has a slightly different platform.  What is unique about them is instead of using a points system, they tell you exactly how much money you will earn for each activity.  For example, a survey could earn you anywhere from $.50 to $3.  You’ll know on the front end before starting an activity how much the payout will be.

Just a couple of unique features they have –

  • If you download the app on your smartphone and have your location settings turned on, you will occasionally get an alert for a quick $.05 for “checking in” at a local store (such as a Walgreens, Target, etc.).  I don’t get it every time I visit one of these places, but I make sure to click the alert to grab that nickle while it’s there.  🙂
  • They also have a daily trivia feature where you can either win a quick penny or “sweeps” to enter a sweepstakes.

Ibotta

If you’re going to go to the grocery store, you might as well make some money from it!  Ibotta has quickly become one of my favorite ways to earn cash back.  Simply download their smartphone app and add some items.  Once you’ve purchased those items at your favorite store, scan your receipt and items to earn money back!  Once you’ve earned a minimum of $20, you can cash it out to Paypal or a large selection of gift cards.  And believe me, getting to $20 will be the easiest thing since sliced bread.

I usually cash out my rebates to a grocery store (Walmart or Target), and that helps me bring my final grocery store total down a lot.  And a quick tip about Target – take all your gift cards to the Guest Services counter and ask them to load everything onto one card.  Will be the biggest time saver of your life (and your cashier will thank you)!

Related reading – 10 Apps that Will Significantly Trim Your Grocery Budget

Fetch Rewards

Fetch is fairly new to me, but I love it because there’s really nothing to it!  All you do is go to the grocery store and upload your receipt into their smartphone app.  Simple as that!  Specific items and brands will earn you extra points, but if your receipt contains none of those brands, don’t worry.  You will still receive a minimum of 25 points per receipt. 

Once you’ve reached a minimum of 3000 points, you can redeem it for a $3 gift card!  And honestly, their gift card collection is second to none – the choices are endless!  

I’ll help you get a head start on your points, too.  Simply use my referral code (PR6UM) when you sign up, and you will get a bonus 1500 points.  You can even go back to scan any receipts from the past 2 weeks and get credit for them, so snag those points while you still can!

Do you know how easy it is to earn free gift cards? It's almost no work at all! Check out this quick post for some ways to earn some extra money today.

So, there you have it – 4 places where you can earn free gift cards on a regular basis.  What you earn really is determined by how much time you invest.  I don’t have a ton of free time, but when I do, I make the most of it by hopping onto one of these apps.

Do you have any ways that you make a little extra cash on the side?  Leave a comment below to let me know!

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Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes – 52 Weeks of Pinterest

These Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes are not to be missed! At only 2 WWPP each, you can eat more than one with no guilt!

I came across the coolest challenge earlier tonight – 52 Weeks of Pinterest.  If you’re like me, you’ve pinned and pinned so many things that you think you’ll get around to doing one day.  Well, today is that day.  🙂  

Introducing the 52 Weeks of Pinterest Challenge!  I found this over at Glitter on a Dime, and right away, I knew I had to participate in it, too.  I’ve been pinning on Pinterest like crazy lately, mostly Weight Watchers recipe ideas since once of my 2018 New Year’s resolutions was to lose weight.  And just within the past week, I’ve been trying some of them out.  That means this challenge came along at the perfect time!  Since I missed being able to post last week, I’m going to double up on posting this week.

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52 Weeks of Pinterest

My first Pinterest venture were these really tasty looking Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes.  (And just to be clear on the WW version I follow, I’m using the Points Plus system.)  I had already been on the diet for about 4 days, and my sweet tooth had come around to say “hello.”  Fruit was not cutting it anymore…this girl was craving chocolate.  Needless to say, I was so very excited to find this recipe

Now, the blog post is about 6 years old, and I don’t think it’s been updated or offers any new comments from the main author, but the relevant points are all there.  I mean, the chocolate points are really all that matter, right?  😉

I had both the cake mix and the soda on hand in my kitchen, so this was already an “eating from my pantry” success story before even being able to taste them.  

These Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes are not to be missed! At only 2 WWPP each, you can eat more than one with no guilt!

Here’s the gist of the recipe –

  • One box of cake mix (any type of chocolate flavor will do, but I used Devil’s Food Cake for this recipe)
  • One 12 oz. can of diet sodaDiet Dr. Pepper was what I had on hand
  • Bake according to the temperature on the cake mix box, and make exactly 20 cupcakes.
  • Cook for approx. 15-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

That’s literally it.  No, I’m not kidding.

I couldn’t believe that I didn’t need to add anything else.  No oil, eggs, water…nada.  Just the mix and the soda.  But here’s a tip – dark mixes need to go with dark sodas.  I’m planning to try this with a white or yellow mix and a Sprite Zero, so we’ll see how it compares.

Now, the one area where I didn’t match the original recipe was the cooking time.  She stated that she only needed to cook hers for 10 minutes; mine took closer to 15.  I tested them at 10 minutes, but my toothpick did not come back clean until after 15-16 minutes.  But hey, every oven is different.

How did they taste?

Simply delicious.

I mean, really.  They were so light and moist.  It is a slightly different texture from a cake that has eggs, oil, etc. in it, but trust me, these were great for only being 2 WW points.  And they filled the immediate sweet tooth I had.

However, I do have one small observation/complaint.  After a few days, they get almost too moist.  The cupcake wrappers have started to separate from the cake, and they stick to my teeth more now than they did during the first 48 hours since baking.

Would I make them again?

Definitely.  What’s not to love about chocolate?  And I love the cracked top – reminds me of a cookie.  😉

These Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes are not to be missed! At only 2 WWPP each, you can eat more than one with no guilt!

If you’re interested in joining the 52 Weeks of Pinterest challenge, then make sure you head on over to Heather’s Facebook Group where everyone participating can share their weekly updates.  (I was going to say progress, but I’m sure you’ve heard and seen plenty of Pinterest fails.  I’ve experienced my fair share of them, and no doubt I’ll have some more during this challenge.)

Do these Weight Watchers Chocolate Cupcakes look yummy enough for you to try?  I’m still on the hunt for a low WW points icing recipe, so send it my way if you find a good one.  😉

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15 Cheap Healthy Foods to Eat on a Budget

You can eat well and healthy and still stay within a budget - it's so easy! Check out this list of 15 cheap healthy foods that will help you get started.

Sometimes, it’s really hard to eat healthy if you’re on a budget.  Trust me, I feel your pain.  I’ve already set a goal of losing weight for 2018, and that comes with getting healthier foods in the house.  However, that doesn’t mean it has to cost an arm and a leg!  

I’ve put together a list of cheap healthy foods to help you on your next grocery shopping trip.  By incorporating these staple foods into your diet, you can use them to stretch more of your expensive ingredients a little bit further.

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Rice

Rice has long been a staple in our household, and my husband practically grew up eating it at every meal.  I really started to enjoy it after I became a part of his family, and while it took her awhile, my toddler has finally learned to love it, too.  However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve traded the white rice for brown rice whenever possible.  Brown rice is an easy whole grain to add to your diet and it has a nice amount of fiber.  

Cost for rice is generally quite low (less than a $1 for 1 lb.), and as a result, one bag can stretch for multiple servings.  

Oatmeal

I’ve become a huge fan of oatmeal recently, and I hate that I avoided it for so long!  It used to be a food that really looked quite awful on the surface, but now that I’ve tried it, I really, really love it!

Oats are incredibly healthy and very versatile to add to a number of different recipes.  They’re packed with fiber, iron, and vitamin A to name a few, and have no cholesterol.

You can get a large 16 oz. container for under $2.

Eggs

Eggs are another versatile food that are full of nutrients and flavor.  You can make them just about any way you want to for breakfast, or toss them in your favorite baked good recipe.

Egg prices tend to change with the seasons (or around the holidays), so keep that in mind when shopping.  1 dozen large eggs can run anywhere from .60 cents to $2 depending on your location and time of year.

You can eat well and healthy and still stay within a budget - it's so easy! Check out this list of 15 cheap healthy foods that will help you get started.

Milk

Milk may not be considered a cheap healthy “food” per se to some, but for the cost, it deserves a place on the list.  Most people just know that it’s packed with calcium and vitamin D, but did you know it also has high amounts of vitamin B-12, potassium, and protein?  Go milk! 

In my experience, the fat content tends to determine the price.  I have seen a gallon of skim milk as low as $2.35 at Aldi, while whole milk stays around $2.69.  

Yogurt

Yogurt is actually one of my favorite cheap healthy foods to buy on a budget because you have so many options!  It’s seems like there’s a new flavor or version coming out every few months.  My personal favorite is the Yoplait Whipped version in the chocolate flavor – omg, so yummy!!

Yogurt tends to run anywhere from $.33 up to $1 depending on the store and type of yogurt.  Your cost can be even lower with coupons.  🙂

 

Related Reading – 10 Apps that will Significantly Trim Your Grocery Budget

Pasta

I’ve yet to meet a single person that did not like pasta.  It’s just impossible not to like.  Pasta usually gets a bad rap because it is high in carbs, but they are complex carbs which help sustain energy.  It is high in iron, folic acid, and several vitamins.  Make it even healthier by purchasing a whole wheat version.

One package of pasta typically averages $1.  Whole wheat versions are usually around $2.

Potatoes

Potatoes, like pasta, seem to get a bad rap, but they really do have a lot of healthy benefits.  They are low in calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium, yet packed with fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, and protein.

Where people go overboard is loading them with butter, cheese, bacon, and all sorts of other unhealthy toppings (don’t get me wrong – I know this is what makes them taste good).  Just keep those extras in moderation.  😉

A 5 lb. bag has an approximate cost of $3.

You can eat well and healthy and still stay within a budget - it's so easy! Check out this list of 15 cheap healthy foods that will help you get started.

Lettuce

Make salad to your heart’s content with lettuce!  At only 5 calories per 1 cup serving and packed with water, it’s also great as an ingredient for a sandwich.  Lettuce is a good source of Vitamin A, fiber, and other minerals.

One head of lettuce tends to run about $1 (maybe less), and can stretch for several servings. 

Carrots

There aren’t many other veggies that I know of that can double as a snack food, but carrots are certainly one of my favorites!  They have a good flavor (whether you eat them raw or cooked), and like everything else on this list, they’re really low cost.  They’re also a great source of beta-carotene, potassium and fiber.

I typically buy the petite carrots in a bag for around $1.  However, you can stretch your dollars further if you buy whole carrots, then peel/cut them yourself.

Tomatoes

In truth, I can’t make myself eat a tomato, but my toddler loves them!  It’s one of the few veggies she will eat (even though it’s technically considered a fruit).  Considering that she’s becoming a little more particular with her foods, I’m thankful she’s getting all kinds of potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and lots of other minerals.

The price of tomatoes can vary a lot by store, so I usually purchase them at Aldi.  A container of grape tomatoes is approximately $1.50-$1.75, and tomatoes on the vine (which usually has 4-5 medium tomatoes) runs about $2.50.

Chicken

Not all chicken is created equal when it comes to price, but you can still stretch what you spend here.  Boneless skinless chicken breasts tend to be the most expensive, and I rarely see them go lower than $1.79/lb. on sale.  When they do, I make sure to stock up with a couple of packages because who knows when they will be that cheap again.  If you want to stretch your dollars a little more, opt for a package of drumsticks, thighs, or leg quarters.  For instance, I recently bought a whole package of 12 fresh chicken drumsticks for less than $4.50.  If you get a bargain that good, take out what you need for your next meal when you get home, and then put the rest into freezer bags to use later.  

While most recipes ask for one specific part of the chicken, you can also stretch your dollars by buying a whole chicken instead.  One whole chicken will give you multiple servings, and they run about $4-5 regularly.  

What I love about chicken is its versatility because it seems that there are unlimited ways to prepare it. Unless you’re battering and frying it, you’re likely getting all the good nutritional benefits.  Chicken is low in calories and fat (assuming you’re eating it without the skin), high in B vitamins and protein.

Bananas

Bananas are quite possibly my favorite fruit for a snack – they’re just sooooo good!  And at approx. $.55 per lb, you can grab a whole bunch for not much money.  Prices vary greatly from store to store, so make sure you shop around.

Bananas are great for potassium, Vitamin B & C, and they’re also high in fiber.

You can eat well and healthy and still stay within a budget - it's so easy! Check out this list of 15 cheap healthy foods that will help you get started.

Green Beans

Green beans were a late addition to the list simply because I’ve never really paid attention to them until recently.  I have never enjoyed the taste of canned or frozen green beans, so I’ve just stayed away altogether.  However, I started roasting fresh green beans in the oven – (WOW! They’re so good!) – and now they’re a staple on my produce list.  Simply wash them, clean/trim the ends, toss in a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper, and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes at 425 degrees.  Delish!

They are extremely low in calories, fat, and cholesterol, but high in fiber and Vitamin C.  A couple of small handfuls at the store has been running around $1, and unless you have a large family, one (maybe 2) handfuls is all you’ll need.

Garlic

While garlic is not something I’m recommending that you eat on its own, I wanted to include it in this cheap healthy foods list because it’s great for adding flavor to tons of dishes.  Garlic has almost no calories, which of course, equals no guilt.  😉  

You can buy it already minced in a jar (runs about $2-$3 for a small jar) or you can buy it whole (I get a package of 3 for around $1).  If you don’t use garlic that often and you don’t want to waste it, you can always buy the powdered version instead.  The overall taste will probably be a little different, though.

Frozen Vegetables

Last but not least, I want to include frozen vegetables.  Obviously, the nutritional aspects will vary depending on the veggie, but they’re really inexpensive.  If I cannot buy fresh vegetables, then my second choice is frozen.  Almost always, you will get a larger portion of vegetables frozen vs. canned for the same price.  Best of all, they will last in your freezer for months, and they’re available whenever you’re ready to eat them.

The average stock-up price for frozen veggies is $1, so I usually grab 4 or 5 when they’re that price or less.  I also come across coupons for frozen vegetables regularly, usually for the Birdseye brand, so I watch for the sales to really get a bargain.

You can eat well and healthy and still stay within a budget - it's so easy! Check out this list of 15 cheap healthy foods that will help you get started.

 

So, there you have it – 15 cheap healthy foods you can eat on a budget (and maybe, with no guilt)!  Nearly all of these are included in my weekly meal plans and grocery trips, and when possible, I try to maximize my savings further with coupons and grocery apps.  In case you didn’t know, a lot of smartphone apps now include rebates for fresh, non-processed foods.  

I can’t wait to hear what some of your cheap healthy foods are, so leave a comment below to let me know.  🙂

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50 Ways to Save Money and Live Frugally in 2018

Live frugally in 2018! This post will give you 50 ways to save money and live frugally on a budget.

This post contains affiliate links, and I may receive a small compensation for any direct links that you visit.  Visiting the links shown here in no way obligates you to purchase or sign up for any program, and does not result in any increased cost.  Please view my disclosure policy for complete information.

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It’s almost time for a new year, and if you’re like me, you’ve already started making a few New Year’s resolutions.  My personal ones pretty much revolve around eating healthier, losing a few pounds, and paying off debt (specifically a car note).  

To me, it’s normal to reevaluate ordinary habits to see if improvements can be made.  It’s even more normal to do that at the beginning of a new year.  You get a fresh start!  

I especially like to reevaluate my spending at the beginning of the year.  One thing I’m excited to do better is meal plan.  I’ve always kept a “loose” meal plan, but I want to be more intentional this year with planning meals and watching what I spend.  

I’m also planning to pay closer attention to what we spend on extras.  We have become way too dependent on eating out (it’s truly our biggest weakness), and since having our first child 2 years ago, we get googly-eyed over all the toys and cutesy things for her.

I really don’t like to spend money, but when I do, I try to stick within our budget.  And sometimes, that’s easier said than done.  It’s hard to not spend money!  I’ve seen so many tips lately on how to live frugally, and that has become my 4th resolution for 2018.

Do you want to hop on board with me so we can live frugally together?

Good!

Between the two of us, I know we can find all kinds of ways to make our money work better and stretch those dollars to the max.  You with me?  If so, check out the list below for 50 ways to save money and live frugally.  Some of these I do already, and I bet you’re doing some, too.  Why not add a few more?  😉

Live frugally in 2018! This post will give you 50 ways to save money and live frugally on a budget.

  • Use a pea-size amount of toothpaste when you brush your teeth (in fact, this is what’s usually suggested on the tube).  More toothpaste does not equal more clean.  In reality, you just get more suds in your mouth.  
  • Cut your hair short(er).  It requires less products to use and usually takes less time to fix.
  • Wait until you’ve worn your jeans at least twice (three if you can get away with it) before washing.  They take longer than any other article of clothing to dry in your dryer.
  • Hang up your clothing to dry when possible.  Some articles of clothing will preserve their shape and texture longer without the added heat from your dryer.
  • Wash your hair every other day or every two days if you can.    
  • Keep a price list of the common things you buy at the grocery store.  This will help you spot a higher price and determine if you need to wait before buying.  On the flip side, this will help you spot a lower price and know that you should stock up while you have the chance (and extra money, I assume).
  • Sell your gently used clothes at eBay, Swap, consignment shops, yard sale, etc.  Donate what you can’t sell for a tax deduction.

  • Buy clothes second-hand and avoid the huge markup that retail stores add to the price.
  • Visit the library for new books rather than buying them.  Most libraries now have convenient e-book options (keeps you from racking up library fines, too).  You can also scan Amazon for all kinds of free book downloads for your Kindle or Kindle phone app.
  • Keep your thermostat higher in the summer and lower in the winter.  In the winter months, add an extra layer of clothing or a blanket before turning on the heat.
  • Use vinegar, baking soda, and other natural items for cleaning.  They’re almost always cheaper (and they do a better job) than fancy cleaners.
  • Color your hair at home rather than a salon.  An at-home kit will cost you around $10 (maybe less) compared to a salon color which can be upwards of $60.  My personal favorite brand is Loreal Feria.  I like that it give my hair just a little bit of highlight without looking overdone.
  • Grow your own food and share when you have an abundance.  If you’re brand new to gardening, start with something small (like tomatoes) that you can plant in a container.
  • Skip the sodas and opt for water, coffee or tea brewed at home.
  • Buy produce when it’s in season.  Freeze extras when possible (blueberries and strawberries are very easy).
  • Stock up on meat when it’s on sale or marked down and freeze what you won’t use right away.  Kroger frequently has meat markdowns available in their Manager’s Special section.
  • Plan your meals on a weekly basis and stick to it.  This will help prevent impulse decisions to eat out.
  • Plan a free date night with your significant other.  You don’t need to spend a lot to still enjoy a good time!
  • Use coupons strategically and combine them with sale prices for maximum savings.  There’s more than one type of coupon so find which ones work best for you.  🙂
  • Use cloth diapers rather than disposable.  Not for everyone, but I can personally state that I’ve saved a LOT by doing this one!  My personal favorites are the Best Bottom covers and inserts.
  • Offer to review products in exchange for your opinion.  Influenster is one of my favorite programs!
  • Always evaluate need vs. want before making purchases.
  • Consider paying a little extra for staple clothing pieces that you want to last a long time, but save your money on super trendy items that may not last more than one season.
  • Check your pantry and refrigerator for things you already have on hand before grocery shopping.  Make a list of only the things you need.
  • Always buy generic brands whenever possible.  Occasionally, name brand items after sales and coupons are cheaper, so shop smart!
  • Purchase term life insurance when you’re young and healthy.  The cost is lower and you’ll likely have the option to convert it to a permanent life insurance option later on.
  • Find free events available in your area and take a picnic lunch or basket with you when appropriate.  Most events can be found by doing some quick Facebook searches.
  • Create your own wall decor.  Find some cute (and free!) printables online and pair them with a thrifted picture frame for a unique one-of-a-kind look.
  • Don’t let your leftovers go to waste.  Eat them for lunch the next day.
  • Unplug the cable box, and opt for Netflix or Hulu instead.
  • When filling prescriptions, ask your pharmacist for the “cash pay” price.  You may find that your cost is less than if you use your insurance card.
  • Set your printer to default to black/white printing instead of color.  You’ll save a fortune on printer cartridges.
  • Ditch the gym membership.  Instead, go walking or running outdoors at a local park or do your workouts to free videos on YouTube.
  • Carpool to work with family or coworkers when possible.
  • Set aside money each month for bills that require an annual payment.  For example, we pay for a termite inspection once per year, but save a little each month so we’re prepared to pay the bill when it’s due.
  • Use apps like Ibotta, Checkout 51, and Ebates to save money or get cash back on in-store and online purchases.  There are even more apps that can help you earn money back, but these are the top 3 in my opinion.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

  • Check Facebook Marketplaces or Craigslist for furniture and home decor steals.  You’d be amazed at what you can find!
  • Do a clothes swap with your friends.
  • Do your own mani/pedis at home instead of at a nail salon.
  • Always evaluate your home and auto insurance when it renews to see if you can find lower rates with another company, and keep them with the same company so you maximize your discounts.
  • Shop the clearance racks at the end of each season.  Often you can find items for 75% off or more, which is especially helpful if you have growing children.  Buy the next size up!
  • Download the Krazy Coupon Lady app for the best deals at all your favorite stores.  I use it weekly when planning my grocery trips.
  • Don’t go to the grocery store when you’re hungry.  This will tempt you to buy more than you actually need because everything suddenly looks extra tasty!
  • Do not go into debt to buy something you want.  Evaluate how much you really need that item, and save the money necessary to buy it.  By the time you’ve saved up enough, you may have decided you really didn’t need it after all.
  • Embrace your inner craftiness!  Instead of rushing to buy the newest tech or trendy gift item, spend a few minutes on Pinterest and see if there’s something you can make for less.  That handmade gift will be well received (maybe even more than something trendy) because you put your thought, time, and effort into making it.

  • Forgo bottled water.  Pour it from the tap into a reusable bottle instead.
  • If you haven’t reviewed the interest you’re paying on home or student loans, take some time to see if you can refinance for a lower rate.  This can save you thousands in the long run, and will likely encourage you to pay them off sooner!
  • Save your plastic bags from your shopping trips and reuse them as garbage bags.  
  • Maintain what you already have to extend its life.  This includes regular maintenance on your car, your house, and of course, yourself.  By doing preventive maintenance on the things you use every day, you can likely prevent a costly bill down the road.
  • And what might be the hardest tip of all…  make a budget and stick to it.  If you find yourself with a little extra cash at the end of the month, put it in your rainy day fund.  When that rainy day comes around, you’ll be extra thankful.

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So, there you have it – 50 ways to save money and live frugally!  Not everything on that list is for everyone, but take a couple of things and see if you can implement them into your daily life.  Don’t feel that you need to embrace frugal living all at once.  That will cause nothing but frustration and burnout.  Instead, focus on a couple of easy changes first, then gradually add more as you get more comfortable with it.

Tell me, are there any frugal habits that you have now?  Are you planning to incorporate a few more in 2018?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

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