25 ways I save money: part 5 of 5

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 in Finances, Save Money | 5 comments

25 ways I save money: part 5 of 5

Welcome to the fifth part of 25 ways I save money.

21. Re-use plastic shopping bags as trash bags.

Every time I go off to Wally World I get tons of those little plastic shopping bags. While I have a tall trash can in the kitchen I have the normal medium sized ones in the other rooms. I use the Walmart shopping bags as my trash bags instead of buying bags. This saves me money and makes use of the bags that I get from shopping.

22. Use a water filter.

I drink tap water to save money instead of buying bottled water. I did invest in a filter because the ordinary tap water tastes a bit funny to me. The cost of the filter is absorbed over the time period it is used and I have great tasting water all the time.

23. No Cable.

I do not pay for cable (although sometimes I do miss the shows I do not regularly get to watch) because right now that is an unnecessary expense. I have trained myself to enjoy the few shows that come on regular television and I get books from the library to occupy my time. I also spend time on this blog and I use the internet at school a lot so that I do not miss the cable too much.

24. Use Paypal for purchases.

I use my paypal card to purchase things so that I am operating on a cash-like basis. The card will only work if I have the money in my account so I am using it like a debit card and not racking up any more charges on my credit cards. However I do get 1% cash back if I hit credit when I use the card. Getting a 1% cash back might not seem like much but when you operate on a cash basis you do not get anything back so I am winning here. Another way I look at it is that I get a 1% discount every time I make a purchase. Way to go PayPal!

25. Make lists…and stick to them.

I have found that one of the best ways for me to save money is to make lists and stick to them. When I go shopping I only buy what is on the list and nothing else. That way I can stick to my budget and not end up overspending on anything. I also make lists of my chores for the day and rearrange items so that I have minimal walking or driving to do. I combine trips when possible so that I can also save on gas and time.

Read part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.


  1. thank you again for your help with my paypal questions! i’m on my way to getting that % back on my purchases! :)

  2. Good for you girl!

  3. i do the exact same thing` i use store plastic bags for garbage, bottled water is just a form of marketing, the only thing different is that i must have my fiber optics ( u-verse 300 ) & that i never ever buy anything with paypal instead, i use my survey points to buy stuff with amazon eletronicd gift cards. i do online surveys so my paypal $ goes directly into my online bank accounts, try it sometimes


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  4. More great tips!

    I am not up with the PayPal cashback.

    How do you get the 1% cashback when you use PayPal?

  5. I like your list! this is great. Have you ever seen http://thesimpledollar.com -that is a good site to look at for saving money. I found some sites for saving money on purchasing a computer which I wrote about here:


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