“Saving Dollars makes LOTS of sense!” ~Nadirah A. Shakir~
1. Catch the maitine’e: The matine’e is 6.50 in comparison to the movies after 12.00 pm which is about 4.00 to 6.00 bucks more. If you’re a movie buff like me, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of the savings!
2. Do your own nails: A good manicure and pedicure is about 40.00 bucks, doing it yourself is free once you invest in the tools. To purchase all of the tools to do your nails is about 45.00 bucks, and once you have them they last all year. The only thing that you’ll probably have to purchase every two months is nail polish which is about 2.00 to 6.00 bucks depending on wear you shop! Most women get a “mani” and “pedi” every month. That’s 480.00 bucks a year!
3. Wear and do your own hair: I know hair extensions are the thing; but I know how much quality hair extensions cost! PLUS I know how much it cost to have a someone do a good weave job. A good weave/hair extension job is anywhere from 150.00 to 350.00 dollars, plus the hair! You’re talking 500.00 to 600.00 dollars. On average, people who wear hair extension get it done every two months. That’s 3,600.00 dollars a year!
4. Eat healthy: Nutrition is medicine. So why not buy it at the grocery store as opposed to the pharmacy. It’s a whole lot cheaper…and I’ll bet it taste better too!
5. Work out regularly: Research shows that people who exercise regularly are less likely to get sick during the year. Being healthy eliminates the cost of doctor visits, medical expenses, and medications. Move your body!
6. Walk or jog to your destination: Gas prices are outrageous! So why not walk to the place you have to go if it’s in a 10 mile radius. You’ll save gas, you’ll being doing the environment a favor, and you’ll be toning your lower body and burning calories! It’s a triple win!
7. Cut coupons: I know we dread it, cutting out the coupons that come in the mail, and then hauling a purse load of them to the grocery store and then, being the one in the front of the grocery line holding up traffic. It’s a bit much I know, but the savings definitely add up. Cut your coupons and try to have them organized when you go to the store so that you don’t hold up the line please…thank you.
8. Shop on clearance rack or accept hand-me-downs: Let’s face it! There’s always that one item or outfit that just came out that you are definitely going to want to get your claws on, and you are willing to pay top dollar just to have it before anyone else does! But what if you can, wait! What if you can wait until it goes on clearance and buy it for 35 or 50 % less than the original value? What if you were even more patient and waited until one of you friends or family members brought it, and got it for free once they decide to hand it down! Free—free!
9. Subscribe to your favorite magazine: We all have one—a favorite magazine that is, and we’ll stop buy the book store or the magazine stand to buy it every month for $6.00 to $9.00 bucks! If however you subscribe to your favorite magazine it normally equates to $20.00 to $35.00 bucks per year. Buying your favorite magazine will add up to 108.00 dollars per year as opposed to 35.00 a year for a subscription. Save 73 bucks and just subscribe!
10. Buy your own coffee: On average a cup of coffee is two dollars. Now if you get fancy and start adding shots of espresso, asking for almond or soy milk instead of regular milk, you can spend well over five bucks for a cup of coffee. Those of us who are true coffee drinkers have to have our cup of Joe everyday! If we are buying it out we are spending any where between $730.00 to $1,825.00 per year on coffee alone! Now what if you are a two cup drinker! OMG!!! YIKES!