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5 Ways to Save an Extra $100 This Month

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Saving a hundred bucks a month may not seem like much. That’s only like $20 to $25 a week right? Big whoop!

You know what? It actually is.

Consider this: Suppose you start saving an extra $100 a month. That’s equal to $1,200 a year. Again, that may not seem like a lot… but look at it this way. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income for American families is roughly $53,000. Saving an extra hundred dollars a month means you’ve just increased the power of your paycheck by 2.26%.

Put another way, you’ve just given yourself a 2.26% annual raise, which is definitely better than some employers give!

If you’re struggling to get ahead, saving an extra hundred dollars a month could make a huge difference over time. And, to be honest, saving an extra hundred isn’t that difficult for most people. Some ways to save are obvious, others aren’t. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Ways to Save an Extra Hundred Dollars a Month

1) Start a Written Budget

The key to great money management is to start with a plan. That means using a written budget. Starting a budget doesn’t have to be restrictive. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. By creating a plan for using your monthly income, you unleash the true power of your paycheck. Budgeting helps you avoid unnecessary splurges and keeps you from frittering your money away on small, unneeded purchases. You’ll become more aware of your spending habits and, probably, end up saving far more than you ever realized you could.

Resource: How to Create a Budget that Actually Works

2) Track Your Spending

Tracking your spending is the perfect compliment to budgeting. It’s pretty simple, really. Just keep a written list of all the things you’re spending money on throughout the month. For instance, if you buy a coffee at the gas station, write it down. Purchase groceries at the store, write it down. Keep track of every dollar you spend, then compare it to your budget once a week. This helps you stay on budget and keeps you conscious of your monthly financial plan. Learn my trick for automatically tracking your expenses here.

3) Save $4 a Day

Here’s another trick to help you save over $100 a month. Every day, take just $4 and put it away. Seriously. Just take four one-dollar bills and hide them somewhere. Stick it in a savings account, under your mattress, or even in a jar – it doesn’t matter! Just save four bucks a day, and you’ll end up with about $120 extra at the end of the month.

4) Buy Groceries on Sale

Look, I get it. Grocery shopping can be a total PIA. Most of us are in such a rush at the store that we just throw things into the cart as we see them. We grab what we always grab, don’t plan for meals, and try to get out of the store as quickly as possible. That being said, one of the easiest ways to save $100 a month is on food costs. Instead of falling into the same old meal routine, try planning your meals based on what’s on sale that week. Buy generic store brands instead of name brand items, and even plan a few meatless meals. By planning in advance and being flexible, you can easily save more than a hundred dollars a month on groceries alone!

Resource: The $5 Meal Plan

5) Reduce Your Restaurant Visits

Going to restaurants can really wreak havoc on your budget. We used to blow hundreds a month at restaurants – and to eat mediocre food at that! By cutting back on your restaurant budget, you can easily save $100 a month or more. For example, if you’re feeding a family of four, a trip to Applebee’s probably costs you around $50 with tip. Instead of going there every Friday, make it a special night every other week instead. If you go out to lunch every day at work, pack a lunch 4 days a week. Then, reward yourself on Friday with a trip to your favorite lunch destination. By making a simple change in your eating habits, you can make a huge difference in your bottom line!

Wrapping Up

Finding ways to save an extra hundred dollars a month isn’t hard if you’re willing to look. It’s changing your habits that is tricky. But, making a few slight changes could mean all the difference in your financial situation.

Try these ideas for a month, and any others you think of, then report back on your efforts. If you stick with it, I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised with your results!

What are your favorite ways to save money each month? Let us know below.

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15 Comments

  1. Nice tips Greg – I really like the $4 a day one, very easy to achieve and visualise.

    I think it’s always worth ringing around you bank, insurance and utilities if they’re giving you the best rate as you’ve been looking around. If you don’t save $100 from that, then you obviously did a lot of research before signing up to your current deals 🙂

    Tristan

  2. All great tips! We do everything on the list. What works really well for me is to have an automatic transfer to savings on payday. If it’s not in the checking account, it doesn’t get spent!

  3. I’ve really been trying to avoid eating out. Well we don’t eat out much since we have little ones but we sometimes buy take out because we’re too tired to cook…because the little ones! Been trying to find ways to cook easy and quick meals.

  4. I like the $4 tip – it doesn’t seem like much, but it definitely adds up. One of my favorite ways to save money every month is by using grocery store cash back apps like Ibotta!

  5. I love the tip of saving just a few dollars each day. It really adds up quickly!

  6. Cutting back on meals out was definitely a big one for me and my wife. We used to love ordering pizza until we realized we could make delicious and often creative pizzas at home for a fraction of the cost — definitely saves us $100 a month for sure.

    Great post!

  7. Eating out is a huge budget killer! I didn’t realize how huge until I saw hundreds of dollars go out each month and also it gets old! Never thought eating out would get old but it does!

  8. nice tips, I use writing budget but I didn’t try to save $4 per day, well I’ll start to do it, maybe I’ll save more quickly:P thanks for sharing!

  9. Before people start side hustles I always recommend looking at any “easy wins” where they can save money each month. It’s incredible how much easier it can be to save $100 a month than to make an extra $100 a month. Doing a regular analysis of your spending is always worthwhile.

  10. I have started eating more from my pantry and using up what I have there. I add a salad and a few fresh vegetables and make my own cookies and oatmeal bars.

  11. Eating out is my financial kryptonite! I have found when I bring my lunch to work every day, I am able to save at least $50 a month. Small changes really do add up!

  12. I really like the $4 a day idea I will definitely try that out next month! Honestly, right now $100 sounds like $1000 to me. Since I started budgeting I’ve found that every little penny truly counts.

    1. It really does Dyana! And as you continue to save more and more, that $100 won’t seem so difficult to save any more! Good luck, and let us know if there is any way we can help!

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