Are you always on the lookout for ways to save a few dollars here and there but don’t quite know where to start? We have 20 great ways to help you save for that rainy day!

  1. One night a week turn off all the lights in the house and use candles and torches, lanterns. Relaxing and so much fun for the kids!
  2. Unplug all of the non essential electrical appliances when not in use. This easy trick can save you a lot of money over the years.
  3. Always hang your laundry outside in the sun. Your laundry will be whiter, smell cleaner and cost you way less than using a dryer – use a portable drying rack for quick loads.
  4. Buy laundry powder in bulk from Big W, K-mart or Bunnings etc.
  5. Buy what you can in no name brands. Sugar, flours, salt, pepper, dried herbs, sauces etc. You’ll have significant savings without noticing any difference in quality.
  6. Buy seasonal fruit and veges from your local markets before buying from supermarkets.
  7. Always turn the lights off when you leave a room. This adds up to big savings.
  8. Do all your washing of clothes in cold water.
  9. Keep a container in the kitchen sink and clean dishes by hand as you use them. Use the dishwasher only if it is full.
  10. Invest in a slow cooker or use your own more regularly to cook cheaper cuts of meat and create delicious dinners.
  11. Consider upgrading your older appliances for newer models as the newer models are more energy efficient and will save you money on utilities.
  12. Try shopping at ALDI and Costco when you can to make substantial savings on your grocery bill.
  13. If you can grow anything to eat then do! Try herbs, potatoes, pumpkins and tomatoes first as they are easy to grow.
  14. Cook your favourite meals in bulk and freeze in serving size containers for your ‘take away’ night. Consider curries, burrito mix, casseroles etc.
  15. One night a week try to only eat what’s leftover in the freezer or fridge. Make a soup, casserole, curry or pies.
  16. Eat any leftover dinner for lunch the next day if you can.
  17. Don’t buy takeaway coffee – make it at home and use a thermos.
  18. Take your lunch to work.
  19. Try making homemade pet food – Find one your pets will love. Or stretch bought food with boiled vegetables and leftovers.
  20. Only stock up on items that are on sale at  the supermarket if you use them!

What would you add to this list? SHARE with us in the comments below.

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  • don’t leave things on standby. this takes power to still run. i took everything off standby and saved $100 off my bill


  • I really appreciate you posting this, there are some great money saving tips on here


  • some great tips, will be getting my teenagers to read them!


  • I practice many of these tips. Always hang the wash out as we don’t have a dryer and we have a dishwasher but never use it, lol. However my husband doesn’t want a packed lunch anymore and decided he he’ll buy lunch daily. grr, so spoiled !

    • One tip my mum taught me is when your laundry is very dirty, instead of doing a pre-wash, pause the circle half-way and let it soak in it’s soapy water for 1-2 hours before finishing of the circle.


  • I’m doing pretty good here as I’m already doing most of them without even thinking. Great tips


  • Can tick off all of these and find tip No. 11 the best – it’s amazing how much money we save by having new appliances that are energy efficient.


  • I can pretty much tick off all of these. Yay me. My hubby will be pleased to know I’m so efficient. Now if he and my son could just turn off all those lights!!!


  • Lots of practical suggestions!


  • If it’s broken don’t automatically throw it away. Investigate whether there is a local Repair Café where you can learn how to fix it yourself eg clothing, shoes, gadgets, trolleys, umbrellas, jewellery!


  • Hand me downs and op shops for kids clothes! You can find stuff that is pretty much brand new and its super cheap.


  • These are all great tips.


  • Good tips, most of them I practice.


  • I always cook too much so that we have leftover for meals, lunches, dinner the next night etc. We have a jar for loose change that fills up quickly.


  • There are always in my mind, but it doesn’t work without family’s support.


  • Fantastic tips. We follow most of them in our home. If only I could get the husband and teenager not to turn every light on!!


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