A few cups of coffee here, a couple of lunches in town there, and your daily fix at the local smoothie bar could be making a dent in your wallet. If you're trying to save more money this month, start by cutting back on some of the workweek expenses. Small expenses like these can seem innocent enough, but a few dollars a day can translate to a couple hundred dollars by month's end. Making a few tweaks to your weekly routine could be all it takes to save some cash.
Here are just five simple ways to save some money during a busy workweek:
#1: Take Advantage of Happy Hour Specials
Join friends for happy hour instead of dinner during the week and you could end up saving up more than half your usual bill. Take advantage of 2-for-1 appetizer and drinks specials, and seek out happy hour deals at your favorite spots. Don't forget to check Facebook and Twitter for coupons and after-work specials that aren't advertised anywhere else.
#2: Make Your Own Coffee
Invest in a high-quality to-go coffee mug and start taking your own coffee to work each morning. You'll save up to $5 per day just by skipping the Starbucks line and heading straight to the office with your own stash. Alternatively, pick up some instant coffee and leave the jar at the office for daily use.
#3: Pack Healthy Snacks and Avoid the Vending Machine
The vending machine at the office may be filled with healthy snacks (but mostly junk food) that can end up costing you two or three times the price of what you would pay at the grocery store. Plan ahead and pack a bag full of snacks to stock in your office drawer or mini-refrigerator. You'll save money and find it easier to stick with your healthy eating plans throughout the week.
#4: Shop Around for Gas Prices
If the price of gas is one of your biggest monthly expenses, take some time to find the lowest prices in town. Use online sites and phone apps to find out which gas station has the most competitive price. Just don't drive too far or you could end up canceling out the effects of any savings.
#5: Consider Alternatives to Driving
If you live close to work, consider walking or biking a few times per week to save on gas and parking fees. If you live close to friends working in the same area or fellow employees, consider carpooling a few days a week. Small changes like this can save you some money and change up your usual routine for a while.
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