This post is sponsored by Shopper's Voice.
Based on the post, Fresh Ways to Save Money on Just About Anything, we've put together five more (super unique, if I do say so myself) ways to save money in the new year.
Because really, I'm all about learning new and different ways to save at any time of the year, but I understand that as the holidays approach our financial plans and priorities take a backseat to taking in the holiday season.
With that said, keep in mind that 2017 is a fresh slate and hopefully these tips will help jump-start your saving goals once January rolls around (or if you're super motivated…perhaps even before then.)
#1 – Implement a new savings rule to challenge yourself.
Example: “You only buy something new when you run out.”
It may make sense to preemptively stock up on bath, beauty, and home items you use when they are on sale, but if you think about your spending habits – is this really saving you money? By implementing an “only buy when you need it” rule you could potentially shave hundreds off your grocery bills each month. This is similar to what I recommend doing if you're taking on a no-spend challenge.
Example: I'll put something in my online shopping cart and sleep on it before I purchase.
Studies have shown that you make better decisions in the morning vs. at night. It makes sense, especially since the urge to impulse shop is hard to fight when you're tired or feeling low at the end of the day!
#2 – Leverage Technology
If you're not already using the smartphone, you're missing out. Not only are there apps to help you budget, coupon better, and spend smarter, but new fintech apps can completely automating the savings process for you. Here are five apps I recommend.
#3 – Grocery Shop on Wednesdays
According to this article, you'll save more at the grocery store when you shop on Wednesdays because this is when they roll out new sales and products. I always wondered why there was more produce on Thursdays than after the weekend!
#4 – Anytime someone suggests going out, suggest going for a walk instead.
It's one of our most popular frugal first date ideas, and it works with friend-dates as well! If it's cold, go walk at the mall.
#5 – Leverage Existing Purchases into Further Savings
I can't tell you how smart it is to turn purchases you already make into further savings and earnings for yourself. Travel hackers do this when they leverage credit card rewards for free travel, but it works in other realms of the personal finance as well.
Specifically, I'm talking about leveraging companies such as Shopper's Voice to review your the purchases and experiences you spend money on for both coupons and the chance to win cash prizes. I know in the crowded online space it can be a little intimidating to sign up for a service like this, so I'm going to walk you through it.
How to Start Saving Money with Shopper's Voice
First, membership is 100% FREE and you never need to buy anything ever. They just want your feedback on the purchases and will send you the samples. FREE SAMPLES. To start, just fill out their online customer survey. You can fill out yours by clicking here.
To start, just fill out their online customer survey. It takes about 15 minutes and is not bad at all.
They're mostly questions around what types of grocery items you buy, but there are questions about other purchases you make in a year (books, travel, entertainment) and questions about how you buy these items as well.
What Happens After I'm Done?
Once finished, you’ll receive a welcome email confirming that you have been entered into Shopper’s Voice large $10,000 sweepstakes and into the $500 gift card drawing for the month you entered in. Shopper's Voice will then reach out via email when an offer matches up with your household and invite you to participate. No spam.
Depending upon the type of promotion, you can receive free samples and coupons for the product. Hello, that's a new fresh way to save right there.