10 More Sneaky Ways to Save Money

Rose Bak
4 min readJul 31, 2022

Inflation and supply chain issues are making daily expenses skyrocket. Here’s how to find some relief.

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Wherever you go, people are concerned about rising prices. The combination of inflation, supply chain issues, and good old-fashioned corporate greed is putting the pinch on average people around the globe.

If you’re looking for some ways to reduce your expenses and keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket, here are some things you can try.

  1. Trade services. Harken back to the days of old when it was common to trade for what you needed. Think about what service you can provide and find someone to trade with. Chances are good you have something you can trade with a friend or family member. Here are some ideas: If you’re a hairdresser, you can trade haircare for babysitting. If you’re a yoga teacher, you can trade classes for vegetables from someone’s garden. Mow someone’s lawn in exchange for a ride to the doctor.
  2. Reduce your utility costs. Utility bills are often the largest living expense after your rent or mortgage. Extreme weather is making those expenses rise even more. Do some research on ways to reduce utility costs, including things like running heat-producing appliances at night when it’s cooler, turning your water heater down a couple of degrees, turning off screens and appliances when not in use, and improving your home’s insulation. Check out this article for more tips.
  3. Hunt for free events. We all love a trip to the movies or a visit to a museum, but these can be costly. Fortunately, most communities offer a variety of free events, such as concerts in the park, free museum days for local residents, festivals and street fairs, and art walks. Google “free activities” in your city or town and take advantage of entertainment that won’t break the bank.
  4. Make your own cleaning supplies. My grandma used to tell me that if you have vinegar and baking soda you can clean just about anything, and it’s true. You don’t need to spend a fortune on special cleaners or detergents. Stock up on versatile and affordable items like white vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and baby wipes, and I guarantee you’ll be able to clean almost anything in your home.
  5. Pay cash. With credit card fees rising, some retailers…

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Rose Bak

Rose Bak is a freelance non-fiction writer as well as the author of more than 50 books. Find Rose's books at bit.ly/AuthorRoseBak .