8 Ways to Save $25 Next Week

Photo (cc) by dave_mcmt

Who hasn’t gotten distracted just managing day-to-day life and skipped the little details that can save money? A dollar here, five dollars there — lost in the chaos of just living in our 9-to-5 world. But maybe it’s time to pay attention to the nickels and dimes that slip through our fingers and declare war on those small everyday expenditures that can add up to big money.

With that in mind, here are eight ways to save (at least) $25 next week:

1. Pay at the pump

I’m convinced there’s something hypnotic that happens when we have to go inside a gas station or convenience store to pay for our fuel. The bright lights impair our judgment, the prepackaged food calls our name, the smell of fresh-brewed coffee intoxicates us — and all of it conspires to lighten our wallets considerably. Dodge the draw of the convenience store by paying for your gas at the pump. You’ll thank yourself at the end of the week.

2. Eschew the drive-through

If you were able to avoid the siren song of the convenience store, don’t blow it at the drive-through. All the coupons and dollar menus in the world won’t save you as much as just driving past that drive-through menu. Avoid temptation by eating regularly throughout the day (the worst food choices are born out of hunger and exhaustion). Store a few low-calorie, high-protein energy bars in your glove compartment for weak moments. Your wallet and your waistline will thank you later.

3. Carpool

Though it might cramp your morning style, consider organizing a carpool group with your co-workers. If you want to retain a bit of your freedom, designate the first week of every month as “carpool week” and take turns driving. Sharing gas and expenses for just one week a month can add up to big savings at the pump. Once you get used to sharing the rides, expand to two weeks a month and work your way up to using the HOV lanes all month long.

4. Skip the latte

The coffee queue takes time and gets expensive. Add five minutes to your morning routine and save $3 to $5 by making your own delicious coffee drink. Besides skipping the retail markup on coffee, you’ll also avoid the hassle and the temptation to splurge on a morning pastry.

5. Pack a lunch

Pack lunch for the next workday before you head to bed each night. It’s a smart way to control fat and calories, boost your nutrition, and dodge restaurant prices. Bring a good book and leisurely read over lunch while everyone else is out battling for parking spaces, standing in line, and watching the clock.

6. Barter

Bartering is a lost art that’s due for a renaissance. Consider swapping items or services with neighbors and friends. Could you do some weekend baby-sitting in exchange for yard work? Swap an oil change for fresh-picked vegetables from a neighbor’s garden? Bartering is a great way to build goodwill, strengthen relationships, and get things done without the need for cash. Explore ways to form mutually beneficial bartering arrangements with people you trust.

7. Declutter

Money earned is money saved. Dive into the dark recesses of your closets and basement and see what treasures you can find. Reselling unused sports equipment, outgrown clothes, old electronics and miscellaneous antiques can pad your budget. Explore selling on eBay, listing on Craigslist, or hosting a yard sale. Ask neighbors if they’d like to participate in a streetwide rummage sale to boost traffic.

8. Enjoy some cheap thrills

Entertainment has almost become synonymous with expense. Taking the entire family to a movie practically requires a home equity line of credit, and dinner out means skipping a car payment. Maybe it’s time to simplify our amusements. Beyond renting or streaming another blockbuster, consider designating one or two nights a month as family game night. Silence the smartphones and ban the laptops, break out the old-fashioned board games, sit around a table together and enjoy a little friendly competition. Make it even more of an event by cooking or making snacks together. It’s practically free and, before you know it, it’ll be one of your family’s most popular activities.

Sometimes paying attention to the details of our financial lives is as important as paying attention to the big stuff. After all, $25 a week adds up to $1,300 a year. That equals a house payment, a healthy IRA contribution, or a decent little vacation.

What other leaks in your own budget could you plug and easily save $25? What would you do with the extra cash? Let us know on our Facebook page.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
10 Things You Should Never Buy on Amazon
10 Things You Should Never Buy on Amazon

Just because you can purchase something on Amazon doesn’t mean that you should.

This Pastime Can Keep Your Brain Sharp as You Age
This Pastime Can Keep Your Brain Sharp as You Age

It’s never too late to benefit from taking up this type of activity.

How Much of My Social Security Can My Ex Take?
How Much of My Social Security Can My Ex Take?

A man wonders if his ex-wife will siphon away his Social Security benefit.

8 Secrets of an Expert Thrift Store Shopper
8 Secrets of an Expert Thrift Store Shopper

Here’s how a veteran thrift shopper scores the best deals — and turns a profit from them.

5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free
5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free

Hesitant to drop $119 a year on an Amazon Prime membership? Here’s how to get it for free.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

How to Buy Gas At Costco Without a Membership
How to Buy Gas At Costco Without a Membership

The warehouse club often has some of the cheapest gas in town. Here’s how you can get it as a nonmember.

10 Things to Stop Buying If You Want a Clutter-Free Home
10 Things to Stop Buying If You Want a Clutter-Free Home

If you like to keep things simple, avoid these purchases.

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

Vacuums from this brand can last a half-century, if not longer — and they’re hot on the resale market.

A Simple Way to Silence Robocalls Today
A Simple Way to Silence Robocalls Today

A few steps can keep your phone from ringing when a spammer calls.

This Company Makes the Best Tires in America
This Company Makes the Best Tires in America

Driver satisfaction with tires is at an all-time high, but one brand stands out.

Can I Switch to Spousal Social Security Benefits When My Ex Dies?
Can I Switch to Spousal Social Security Benefits When My Ex Dies?

Knowing when to claim can help you maximize benefits.

36 Things That Will Be Obsolete Soon
36 Things That Will Be Obsolete Soon

The writing is on the wall for dozens of things we have grown up with.

This Health Issue Can Hint at Dementia Years in Advance
This Health Issue Can Hint at Dementia Years in Advance

One type of pain is especially associated with cognitive decline.

8 Things You Should Always Buy on Amazon
8 Things You Should Always Buy on Amazon

The giant retailer shines when it comes to these things, from basics to hard-to-find specialty goods.

8 Federal Income Tax Breaks for Homeowners
8 Federal Income Tax Breaks for Homeowners

Some of these deductions and credits are available to a wide swath of homeowners.

10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday
10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday

These items are steeply discounted — but the deals won’t last long.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

17 Surprising Things You Can Sell for Extra Money
17 Surprising Things You Can Sell for Extra Money

You probably don’t realize these items are worth decent cash.

5 Ways to Fill Your Pantry With Free Food
5 Ways to Fill Your Pantry With Free Food

Anyone can take advantage of these resources.

10 Types of Retirement Income That Are Not Taxable
10 Types of Retirement Income That Are Not Taxable

There are lots of things Uncle Sam can’t touch — so long as you play by the rules.

9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

6 Reasons You Should Stop Hiding Cash at Home
6 Reasons You Should Stop Hiding Cash at Home

Stashing money around the house is anything but harmless.

These 5 States Are the Most Expensive Places to Retire
These 5 States Are the Most Expensive Places to Retire

If you expect to have modest retirement income, you may want to avoid spending your golden years here.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.