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Seven Easy Ways to Cut $1 A Day (Or More) From Your Budget

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 1, 2008 · 56 comments

In honor of the kickoff of The One Dollar Give, I'd like to offer you seven quick and painless ways to trim $1 a day or more from your budget. It's my hope that you'll use these tips to free up some extra pocket change to help others in need this holiday season.





  • Pack your lunch every day instead of eating lunch out.  Stay tuned for a cool giveaway later this week that will make packing your lunch more fun!
  • Drink more water instead of juice, pop, and sports drinks.  Added bonus – it's healthier!
  • Plan your grocery shopping trip beforehand making sure to utilize coupons to their fullest.  You could easily cut out $7 a week using this tip alone!
  • Turn your thermostat down 5 to 10 degrees at night for a comparable savings on your heating bill.  You're less likely to notice the cooler temperature when you're sleeping, and it gives you a good reason to snuggle with your significant other!
  • Utilize your local library instead of purchasing books and magazines.  This is an especially great way to provide your kids with a steady variety of new books to keep them interested in learning to read!
  • Replace standard light bulbs with CFL bulbs, and be diligent about turning off unused lights.  Enlist your kids to help and teach them a valuable lesson about saving energy!
  • Learn how to maximize shopping at drugstores and never pay for toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, and many other items again.  Check out the links on my Drugstores page to start learning how!

Please join us at The One Dollar Give in our quest to help 31 different charities throughout the month of December.  First on our agenda is Brittany sharing her experiences with Compassion International.  We're looking forward to your participation!

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1 Ruth Ann December 1, 2008 at 2:18 pm

These are some good ideas and I use most of them already to save money. Now if only someone could come up with some great, easy ways to save money when you're already doing all the easy stuff (and some of the more hardcore stuff as well).

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2 Ruth Ann December 1, 2008 at 2:18 pm

These are some good ideas and I use most of them already to save money. Now if only someone could come up with some great, easy ways to save money when you're already doing all the easy stuff (and some of the more hardcore stuff as well).

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3 Ruth Ann December 1, 2008 at 2:18 pm

These are some good ideas and I use most of them already to save money. Now if only someone could come up with some great, easy ways to save money when you're already doing all the easy stuff (and some of the more hardcore stuff as well).

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4 Ruth Ann December 1, 2008 at 9:18 am

These are some good ideas and I use most of them already to save money. Now if only someone could come up with some great, easy ways to save money when you're already doing all the easy stuff (and some of the more hardcore stuff as well).

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5 Katja December 1, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Thanks for great tips again! I will try to get into more using coupons and I need to check out that Drugstore link too!

Katja´s last blog post..ELLE or MARIO BATALI Lunch Bags Giveaway

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6 Katja December 1, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Thanks for great tips again! I will try to get into more using coupons and I need to check out that Drugstore link too!

Katja´s last blog post..ELLE or MARIO BATALI Lunch Bags Giveaway

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7 Katja December 1, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Thanks for great tips again! I will try to get into more using coupons and I need to check out that Drugstore link too!

Katja´s last blog post..ELLE or MARIO BATALI Lunch Bags Giveaway

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8 Katja December 1, 2008 at 10:18 am

Thanks for great tips again! I will try to get into more using coupons and I need to check out that Drugstore link too!

Katja´s last blog post..ELLE or MARIO BATALI Lunch Bags Giveaway

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9 Katrina December 3, 2008 at 4:59 am

One way we save money is drying clothes on the clothes line all the time. If the weather is bad we installed a clothesline in our house that crosses back and forth on the walls. We have used our dryer only a few times in 6 months. This really works. The clothes are a little stiff but it's worth it to save the money. Try it out and see how much you save. Good Luck!

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10 Katrina December 3, 2008 at 4:59 am

One way we save money is drying clothes on the clothes line all the time. If the weather is bad we installed a clothesline in our house that crosses back and forth on the walls. We have used our dryer only a few times in 6 months. This really works. The clothes are a little stiff but it's worth it to save the money. Try it out and see how much you save. Good Luck!

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11 Katrina December 3, 2008 at 4:59 am

One way we save money is drying clothes on the clothes line all the time. If the weather is bad we installed a clothesline in our house that crosses back and forth on the walls. We have used our dryer only a few times in 6 months. This really works. The clothes are a little stiff but it's worth it to save the money. Try it out and see how much you save. Good Luck!

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12 Katrina December 2, 2008 at 11:59 pm

One way we save money is drying clothes on the clothes line all the time. If the weather is bad we installed a clothesline in our house that crosses back and forth on the walls. We have used our dryer only a few times in 6 months. This really works. The clothes are a little stiff but it's worth it to save the money. Try it out and see how much you save. Good Luck!

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13 Katrina December 3, 2008 at 5:06 am

My mother-in-law referred me to your blog and I have looked at it and I love it. I subscribed to it to get some more money saving tips. Thanks!!

Another money saving tip I have is to unplug everything you are not using. Everything is sucking out energy even when you aren't using it. The ones that keep time for you are the ones that take the most energy when not in use. This is kind of a pain at first but you get used to it and you will be surprised when you see your next power bill.

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14 Katrina December 3, 2008 at 5:06 am

My mother-in-law referred me to your blog and I have looked at it and I love it. I subscribed to it to get some more money saving tips. Thanks!!

Another money saving tip I have is to unplug everything you are not using. Everything is sucking out energy even when you aren't using it. The ones that keep time for you are the ones that take the most energy when not in use. This is kind of a pain at first but you get used to it and you will be surprised when you see your next power bill.

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15 Katrina December 3, 2008 at 5:06 am

My mother-in-law referred me to your blog and I have looked at it and I love it. I subscribed to it to get some more money saving tips. Thanks!!

Another money saving tip I have is to unplug everything you are not using. Everything is sucking out energy even when you aren't using it. The ones that keep time for you are the ones that take the most energy when not in use. This is kind of a pain at first but you get used to it and you will be surprised when you see your next power bill.

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16 Katrina December 3, 2008 at 12:06 am

My mother-in-law referred me to your blog and I have looked at it and I love it. I subscribed to it to get some more money saving tips. Thanks!!

Another money saving tip I have is to unplug everything you are not using. Everything is sucking out energy even when you aren't using it. The ones that keep time for you are the ones that take the most energy when not in use. This is kind of a pain at first but you get used to it and you will be surprised when you see your next power bill.

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17 Tammy Uu December 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I'm a first time mom to a now 9 month old baby boy so I been bringing my own lunch instead of eating out

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18 Tammy Uu December 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I'm a first time mom to a now 9 month old baby boy so I been bringing my own lunch instead of eating out

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19 Tammy Uu December 3, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I'm a first time mom to a now 9 month old baby boy so I been bringing my own lunch instead of eating out

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20 Tammy Uu December 3, 2008 at 11:29 am

I'm a first time mom to a now 9 month old baby boy so I been bringing my own lunch instead of eating out

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21 Tammy Uu December 3, 2008 at 11:30 am

I been following up on money saving tip blogs and using coupons which has been a awesome money saver!

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22 Tammy Uu December 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm

I been following up on money saving tip blogs and using coupons which has been a awesome money saver!

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23 Tammy Uu December 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm

I been following up on money saving tip blogs and using coupons which has been a awesome money saver!

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24 Tammy Uu December 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm

I been following up on money saving tip blogs and using coupons which has been a awesome money saver!

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25 Whitty December 3, 2008 at 4:41 pm

I am subsribed to ur email newsletter for entrance in the Walmart gift card contest. Thanks

For years now I have ditched the Woolite and used Ivory Soap Liquid Dish Washing Soap for washing delicates. I saw this tip in Consumers Reports about 20 years ago and it has worked effectively without problem since then. If I have the time, I will check the Consumers Reports archives to see if I can find the article and if so I will post it. Thanks

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26 Whitty December 3, 2008 at 4:41 pm

I am subsribed to ur email newsletter for entrance in the Walmart gift card contest. Thanks

For years now I have ditched the Woolite and used Ivory Soap Liquid Dish Washing Soap for washing delicates. I saw this tip in Consumers Reports about 20 years ago and it has worked effectively without problem since then. If I have the time, I will check the Consumers Reports archives to see if I can find the article and if so I will post it. Thanks

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27 Whitty December 3, 2008 at 4:41 pm

I am subsribed to ur email newsletter for entrance in the Walmart gift card contest. Thanks

For years now I have ditched the Woolite and used Ivory Soap Liquid Dish Washing Soap for washing delicates. I saw this tip in Consumers Reports about 20 years ago and it has worked effectively without problem since then. If I have the time, I will check the Consumers Reports archives to see if I can find the article and if so I will post it. Thanks

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28 Whitty December 3, 2008 at 11:41 am

I am subsribed to ur email newsletter for entrance in the Walmart gift card contest. Thanks

For years now I have ditched the Woolite and used Ivory Soap Liquid Dish Washing Soap for washing delicates. I saw this tip in Consumers Reports about 20 years ago and it has worked effectively without problem since then. If I have the time, I will check the Consumers Reports archives to see if I can find the article and if so I will post it. Thanks

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29 Tammy Uu December 3, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Instead of buying baby food in jars, I been buying fresh fruits and veggie and cutting them up and packaging myself

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30 Tammy Uu December 3, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Instead of buying baby food in jars, I been buying fresh fruits and veggie and cutting them up and packaging myself

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31 Tammy Uu December 3, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Instead of buying baby food in jars, I been buying fresh fruits and veggie and cutting them up and packaging myself

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32 Tammy Uu December 3, 2008 at 11:44 am

Instead of buying baby food in jars, I been buying fresh fruits and veggie and cutting them up and packaging myself

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33 Vivian December 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm

I bought a table at a mom to mom sale and sold all my old baby stuff that I knew I wouln't be using again as well as some maternity clothes. I rented the table for $20 and made over $300! There are usually several of these sales in the spring and in the fall. I'm planning on doing one each season as my kids grow out of their clothes. I was also able to buy the next season of clothes for both kids at the sale for a steal!

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34 Vivian December 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm

I bought a table at a mom to mom sale and sold all my old baby stuff that I knew I wouln't be using again as well as some maternity clothes. I rented the table for $20 and made over $300! There are usually several of these sales in the spring and in the fall. I'm planning on doing one each season as my kids grow out of their clothes. I was also able to buy the next season of clothes for both kids at the sale for a steal!

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35 Vivian December 5, 2008 at 2:59 pm

I bought a table at a mom to mom sale and sold all my old baby stuff that I knew I wouln't be using again as well as some maternity clothes. I rented the table for $20 and made over $300! There are usually several of these sales in the spring and in the fall. I'm planning on doing one each season as my kids grow out of their clothes. I was also able to buy the next season of clothes for both kids at the sale for a steal!

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36 Vivian December 5, 2008 at 9:59 am

I bought a table at a mom to mom sale and sold all my old baby stuff that I knew I wouln't be using again as well as some maternity clothes. I rented the table for $20 and made over $300! There are usually several of these sales in the spring and in the fall. I'm planning on doing one each season as my kids grow out of their clothes. I was also able to buy the next season of clothes for both kids at the sale for a steal!

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37 Kimi December 6, 2008 at 5:27 am

One big thing we've done is tracking our spending. We are cutting out unnecessary spending like expensive lunches...keeping track of who has "kids eat free" deals and combining them with coupons to the same restaurants. We can still eat out during this tough economic time, but do it for less than it would cost to eat at home!

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38 Kimi December 6, 2008 at 5:27 am

One big thing we've done is tracking our spending. We are cutting out unnecessary spending like expensive lunches...keeping track of who has "kids eat free" deals and combining them with coupons to the same restaurants. We can still eat out during this tough economic time, but do it for less than it would cost to eat at home!

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39 Kimi December 6, 2008 at 5:27 am

One big thing we've done is tracking our spending. We are cutting out unnecessary spending like expensive lunches...keeping track of who has "kids eat free" deals and combining them with coupons to the same restaurants. We can still eat out during this tough economic time, but do it for less than it would cost to eat at home!

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40 Kimi December 6, 2008 at 12:27 am

One big thing we've done is tracking our spending. We are cutting out unnecessary spending like expensive lunches...keeping track of who has "kids eat free" deals and combining them with coupons to the same restaurants. We can still eat out during this tough economic time, but do it for less than it would cost to eat at home!

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41 mary December 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Try using a powerstrip to turn all those electric items off when not in use. That way one click takes care of several at one time. Don't leave your phone charger plugged in when you're not using it. It is still pulling electric.

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42 mary December 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Try using a powerstrip to turn all those electric items off when not in use. That way one click takes care of several at one time. Don't leave your phone charger plugged in when you're not using it. It is still pulling electric.

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43 mary December 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Try using a powerstrip to turn all those electric items off when not in use. That way one click takes care of several at one time. Don't leave your phone charger plugged in when you're not using it. It is still pulling electric.

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44 mary December 6, 2008 at 10:14 am

Try using a powerstrip to turn all those electric items off when not in use. That way one click takes care of several at one time. Don't leave your phone charger plugged in when you're not using it. It is still pulling electric.

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45 Cathy December 6, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Hi, this is a great blog--Thank-you! I found it through a blog called Living Easy. I am trying for the Wal-Mart gift card. So here is my first tip:

Buy 2 liters of soda instead of 20 ounce bottle. The 20 ouncers are very convenient--but I've started recently buying a 2 liter that I take with me on my shopping trips! I only drink soda when I shop, but it really adds up when I buy the 20 oz bottles!

And I'm not above chugging right out of a 2 liter if I forget my cup or bottle! ;0

Cathy´s last blog post..Cranberry-apple crisp Recipe

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46 Cathy December 6, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Hi, this is a great blog--Thank-you! I found it through a blog called Living Easy. I am trying for the Wal-Mart gift card. So here is my first tip:

Buy 2 liters of soda instead of 20 ounce bottle. The 20 ouncers are very convenient--but I've started recently buying a 2 liter that I take with me on my shopping trips! I only drink soda when I shop, but it really adds up when I buy the 20 oz bottles!

And I'm not above chugging right out of a 2 liter if I forget my cup or bottle! ;0

Cathy´s last blog post..Cranberry-apple crisp Recipe

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47 Cathy December 6, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Hi, this is a great blog--Thank-you! I found it through a blog called Living Easy. I am trying for the Wal-Mart gift card. So here is my first tip:

Buy 2 liters of soda instead of 20 ounce bottle. The 20 ouncers are very convenient--but I've started recently buying a 2 liter that I take with me on my shopping trips! I only drink soda when I shop, but it really adds up when I buy the 20 oz bottles!

And I'm not above chugging right out of a 2 liter if I forget my cup or bottle! ;0

Cathy´s last blog post..Cranberry-apple crisp Recipe

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48 Cathy December 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Hi, this is a great blog--Thank-you! I found it through a blog called Living Easy. I am trying for the Wal-Mart gift card. So here is my first tip:

Buy 2 liters of soda instead of 20 ounce bottle. The 20 ouncers are very convenient--but I've started recently buying a 2 liter that I take with me on my shopping trips! I only drink soda when I shop, but it really adds up when I buy the 20 oz bottles!

And I'm not above chugging right out of a 2 liter if I forget my cup or bottle! ;0

Cathy´s last blog post..Cranberry-apple crisp Recipe

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49 Cathy December 6, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Hi! Try number 2 for the Wal-Mart gift card. Just a note: I agree with Ruth Ann, it is so hard for many of us to come up with new ideas for saving money when it seems we are doing it all already! But, for me, I know I'm not really doing it all--there is always room for improvement and reading over others tips and ideas sometimes sparks ideas.

Ok, on to my 2nd tip for the gift card:
I have to use a dryer--we just don't have anywhere to hang up clothes (well, nowhere that won't cause my dh tons of stress :).
BUT, I don't use dryer sheets-ever. I haven't bought these for so long I just can't ever remember using them-ever.
And my clothes are not static-y...maybe sometimes when they come out of the dryer they will be stuck together-in the winter-but once they are folded and put away there is no static cling to be found----so what's the point of spending money on dryer sheets?

Cathy´s last blog post..Cranberry-apple crisp Recipe

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50 Cathy December 6, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Hi! Try number 2 for the Wal-Mart gift card. Just a note: I agree with Ruth Ann, it is so hard for many of us to come up with new ideas for saving money when it seems we are doing it all already! But, for me, I know I'm not really doing it all--there is always room for improvement and reading over others tips and ideas sometimes sparks ideas.

Ok, on to my 2nd tip for the gift card:
I have to use a dryer--we just don't have anywhere to hang up clothes (well, nowhere that won't cause my dh tons of stress :).
BUT, I don't use dryer sheets-ever. I haven't bought these for so long I just can't ever remember using them-ever.
And my clothes are not static-y...maybe sometimes when they come out of the dryer they will be stuck together-in the winter-but once they are folded and put away there is no static cling to be found----so what's the point of spending money on dryer sheets?

Cathy´s last blog post..Cranberry-apple crisp Recipe

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