2.16.17

4 Simple & Easy Ways to Save Money


Need some quick and easy ways to save money? Read below on what I try to do to save a $ on the daily!
I think everyone wants to save money whenever possible, but often, it’s a time-consuming and sacrificial practice to keep and stick to a real budget. Being a working mom, I’ve found that traditional methods of saving money fall to the wayside because I just simply get tired of clipping coupons or having to track every dime that comes out of my checking account. I definitely need to get more disciplined about sticking to a more formal budget plan for our household, but in the meantime, I’ve found a few simple and easy ways of saving money every day.

1.) Plan out Weekly Groceries & Cook Meals at Home

With a house full of boys, you bet that our grocery bill is only growing on a weekly basis. Even with our kids’ pickiness over vegetables, it seems like we’re always running out of food. I try my best to plan out weekly groceries, even if it’s just a list on our dry erase board or a note I keep on my phone. It helps me to track of all of our food shopping. And it makes me more conscious of not eating out too! While the grocery bill might increase, I’ve noticed that when I cook more at home, our monthly food bills are significantly lower than when we eat out or get take-out. Now that my nausea has passed for the most part, I’m able to cook (and eat!) a lot at home.

2.) Buy in Bulk

A huge money saver is buying in bulk! We love to buy household supplies like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper towels, and non-perishable food items in bulk every month. It’s a time and money saver and everyone is happy that we’re usually well stocked on all of our favorite snacks. I love that having a bulk supply of household goods means that I’m not making random trips to the store to pick up one or two things.

3.) Brew Coffee at Home

You know how much I love my coffee. But for how much and often I drink it, it would be too costly for me to buy my coffee drinks every day. We brew a pot (or two!) every day and I save my splurges for the weekends or for a coffee date with a friend. I love our coffee from home, which makes it not so much of a sacrifice, but buying ground coffee in bulk also helps us to save money in an easy way.

4.) Use Gumdrop Browser Extension

Like I mentioned earlier, I don’t do well with clipping coupons. For all of my online shopping, I use my Gumdrop by Goodshop browser extension that automatically finds and activates the best coupons and deals for me, no matter where I shop online. When using Gumdrop, I know that I’m getting a great deal because it searches through a database of over 500,000 coupons/deals for the best ones! I love using the Gumdrop by Goodshop browser extension because it automatically displays on my screen the best coupons and deals for that store without having to leave the page or deal with any annoying pop-up windows.

I’ve realized that just by a simple click, Gumdrop saves time and effort in finding coupons. It’s the perfect solution for the anti-couponing lady like me. On top of helping me to save money quickly and easily, Gumdrop has a great philanthropic cause! Whenever you purchase using a coupon/deal from Gumdrop, Goodshop donates to your favorite cause – at no cost to you! The cause can be anything from a large non-profit to a personal cause that you created. So far, Goodshop has donated almost $13 million. Installing Gumdrop is free, so be sure to download it for use now!

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104 Comments

  1. Kim S wrote:

    I would donate to the ASPCA!

    Published 2.16.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      My husband is a huge supporter of APSCA!

      Published 2.17.17
  2. OFG wrote:

    The American Red Cross.

    Published 2.17.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Love this organization!

      Published 2.17.17
  3. I would donate to Thomas House, such a great organization! Great tips too!

    Published 2.17.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Great cause!

      Published 2.17.17
  4. chanel wrote:

    How have I never heard of this? I really need to add this to my browser asap. We donate a lot to Goodwill and American Kidney Fund because those are the most convenient methods for us!

    Published 2.17.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      We also do a lot of donations to Salvation Army as it’s so convenient!

      Published 2.17.17
  5. Vivianna wrote:

    I would donate to our local center for grieving children. Since my son’s bio dad passed, we’ve been grateful to have their services to guide our family through such a trying time.

    Published 2.17.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      ????love that there are local centers and services like that available

      Published 2.17.17
  6. What a great service!! Love this idea!

    Published 2.17.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Such an easy way to save

      Published 2.17.17
  7. Hannah wrote:

    I’ve recently started meal planning and it is making a HUGE difference. Love these ideas!

    Published 2.17.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      I need to get better about meal planning too!

      Published 2.17.17
  8. Great ways to save. thats a great way to coupon without making great effort.

    Published 2.17.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Yes super easy!

      Published 2.17.17
  9. Julie Hood wrote:

    We had to start brewing our own coffee because my husband’s Dunkin Donuts addiction was going to put us out of business 😉 Haha buying the Dunkin bags of coffee grounds at the grocery store saves so much money!

    Published 2.17.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Mmm I love dd coffee grounds!

      Published 2.17.17
  10. These are great points. I know as a mom of 3 growing and hungry boys, buying in bulk saves us a ton of money. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Published 2.17.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      I know right?! We need to buy stock in grocery stores haha

      Published 2.17.17
  11. Hanna wrote:

    Buying in bulk saves us a ton of money too! But only getting items that we will use before they spoil!

    Published 2.17.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Yassss def not too much of produce!

      Published 2.17.17
  12. Thanks for these tips! always, always looking for ways to save!

    Published 2.17.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      Never enough ways!

      Published 2.17.17
  13. Rachel wrote:

    I am SO bad at meal planning. I know if I Just planned a teeny bit better I could save SO much money!!

    Published 2.17.17
    • JeeYoung wrote:

      I am too! But I do try to be mindful of everything we have on hand esp produce!

      Published 2.17.17
  14. Amy Tong wrote:

    I would use it to donate to American Red Cross. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the information.
    amy [at] utry [dot] it

    Published 2.17.17
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  16. These are some great ideas for saving, I’m not a great coupon cutter either. Gumdrop is great, I would totally support one of our local schools, Ada Merrit. What a great way to give back to the community.

    Published 2.17.17
  17. Emily wrote:

    Meal planning is such a lifesaver! Our closest bulk grocery store is 45 minutes away, but I’m thinking with a third child on the way it might be time to get a membership and go once/month.

    Published 2.18.17
  18. Lisa Brown wrote:

    I would donate to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind.

    Published 2.18.17
  19. Lisa Brown wrote:

    tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/832942455720796165

    Published 2.18.17
  20. Julie Wood wrote:

    I would donate to the Ronald McDonald House. They do such great work!

    Published 2.18.17
  21. Julie Wood wrote:

    Tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/832945874489667584

    Published 2.18.17
  22. Great tips! We just moved to the burbs and got our first Costco membership. We’ve also learned a few valuable lessons about letting our kiddo our cereal from giant boxes.

    I’d choose Make a Wish — one of my favorite charities.

    Published 2.18.17
  23. mami2jcn wrote:

    I would choose Unicef.

    Published 2.18.17
  24. mami2jcn wrote:

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/832979037287043073

    Published 2.18.17
  25. Danielle wrote:

    I would donate to the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

    Also, great tips! I meal plan ever week, which kind helps me stay in check. 😉

    Published 2.18.17
  26. Meal planning always makes my wallet (and me!) happy! And I’d definitely donate to St. Jude’s. Such an amazing organization!

    Published 2.18.17
  27. Elena wrote:

    I would donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

    Published 2.18.17
  28. I never by in bulk and with three kids I really should!

    Published 2.18.17
  29. Chrissy wrote:

    I have never heard of Gumdrop until I read this so I will have to do some research into them. If possible though, I’d love to have them donate the National MS Society. MS is such a weird and debilitating disease the they have made a lot of progress on treatments but we still need a cure!

    Published 2.18.17
  30. Allison Swain wrote:

    I would donate to the ASPCA. Thanks for the chance to win!

    allisonrsdswain(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    Published 2.18.17
  31. Chrissy wrote:
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  32. Allison Swain wrote:
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  33. Natalie wrote:

    I would donate to St Jude Childrens Research Hospital and The Red Cross. Both are great organizations!

    Published 2.18.17
  34. Natalie wrote:
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  35. Cheryl Billings wrote:

    I would donate to the ASACP

    Published 2.18.17
  36. Cheryl Billings wrote:
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  37. Melissa wrote:

    Great tips! I started making my coffee at home and have noticed a big savings there. Gumdrop sounds interesting I will definitely give it a try.

    Published 2.18.17
  38. Neely Moldovan wrote:

    Once we started meal planning we saved so much money!

    Published 2.19.17
  39. This advice is so helpful.
    Meal Planning is one HUGE way that we save money.

    Published 2.19.17
  40. Kristen wrote:

    I’d donate to Dogs for the Deaf or our local Ronald McDonald House.

    Published 2.20.17
  41. Kristen wrote:
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  42. katherine wrote:

    I would donate to St. Jude’s

    Published 2.22.17
  43. katherine wrote:
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  44. Elle wrote:

    I would donate to the ASPCA.

    Published 2.22.17
  45. Mita wrote:

    I would donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

    Published 2.22.17
  46. Margaret Smith wrote:

    I would donate to Roots and Wings in Denville NJ Thanks so much.

    Published 2.23.17
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  48. Madeline wrote:

    I’d donate to Action Against Hunger. Great program!

    Published 2.23.17
  49. Madeline wrote:
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  50. Jessie C. wrote:

    I would choose to donate to St Jude Childrens Research Hospital.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

    Published 2.24.17
  51. Jessie C. wrote:

    tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/835157590556327936

    Published 2.24.17
  52. rachel wrote:

    I’d support Preemptive Love Coalition. Love that they have so many options!

    Published 2.24.17
  53. Susan Smith wrote:

    I would use it to donate to American Red Cross

    Published 2.24.17
  54. Susan Smith wrote:
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  55. Tamara wrote:

    I’d like to donate toward an animal-related cause, perhaps the ASPCA.

    Published 2.25.17
  56. LAMusing wrote:

    I would donate to my friend’s non-profit theatre company

    Published 2.25.17
  57. LAMusing wrote:
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  58. Stephanie Phelps wrote:

    I would donate to the Red Cross. This is such an amazing program!

    Published 2.25.17
  59. Stephanie Phelps wrote:
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  60. Rebecca W wrote:

    I like to brew my own coffee at home to save money as well! If you take a little time to plan ahead, you can really save a bundle and usually eat a lot healthier than going to a fast food place.

    Published 2.28.17
  61. Erika wrote:

    Military families.

    Published 3.1.17
  62. Angela Saver wrote:

    I would choose to donate to the American Cancer Society when using Gumdrop!

    Andysavi.Mom@gmail.com

    Published 3.2.17
  63. Anne wrote:

    I’ve been using Goodsearch as my default search engine for years, and I’ve designated our local no-kill animal shelter as the recipient of funds I generate. The Ark is a wonderful shelter, and I’ve adopted both a dog and a cat from them. When I download Gumdrop, I’ll choose The Ark as my designated charity. What a great program!

    Published 3.4.17
  64. Anne wrote:

    I shared your helpful blog post and the Gumdrop by Goodshop promotion on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/NotherAnneOther/status/838106070899904514
    Thanks!

    Published 3.4.17
  65. Rebecca Thomas wrote:

    I would love to give to Farm Aid… I believe in supporting our local farms and future farmers to help create more jobs, more produce and a healthier US! I love this post! I was never aware of GUMDROP till now! thanks!

    Published 3.5.17
  66. Denise L wrote:

    I’d choose to give to my son’s school. They would do wonderful things with the extra money.

    Published 3.5.17
  67. Denise L wrote:
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  68. Cindy wrote:

    I would donate to the American Red Cross.

    Published 3.6.17
  69. Kelly D wrote:

    I would choose to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

    Published 3.6.17
  70. Kelly D wrote:
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  71. Cynthia C wrote:

    I would donate to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

    Published 3.7.17
  72. Cynthia C wrote:
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  73. heather wrote:

    I would donate to the ASPCA and also to local animal shelters.

    Published 3.11.17
  74. heather wrote:
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  75. Patricia C wrote:

    I would donate to the ACLU

    Published 3.12.17
  76. JeeYoung wrote:
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  77. JeeYoung wrote:

    Manual Giveaway Entry – Betty Curran

    Published 3.27.17
  78. JeeYoung wrote:

    Manual Giveaway Entry – Bert Ruiz

    Published 3.31.17
  79. JeeYoung wrote:

    Manual Giveaway Entry – Terry Stevens

    Published 3.31.17
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