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    10 Ways To Save $1000 In 1 Month

    Most everyone would love to be debt free and pile up some savings, right? Well, the first step on your journey to debt freedom is to STOP GOING INTO MORE DEBT! I’m not yelling at you, just making a point of how important it is to flip that “Debt Switch” in your mind to the OFF position.

    But…the transmission goes out, there’s an illness, your dishwasher floods, or you’re A/C dies. Sometimes life just happens that way. If you don’t have some money set aside just for emergencies, your only option when the unexpected happens is to whip out your credit card and take on more debt.

    By saving $1,000 for a starter emergency fund, you will be able to deal with most of the emergency expenses that come up. This will ensure that you never again need to turn to credit cards and debt when life doesn’t go as planned.

    To help you meet this goal:

    10 Ways To Save $1,000 In 1 Month!

    1. Pick Up Some OT – This one is pretty simple. If your work situation allows, try to pick up some overtime, an extra shift, or a special project. It may feel like you are putting in a lot of work, but keep in mind that this is only a temporary blitz to jumpstart your debt-free plan.
    Potential Household Savings: $200-$1000

    2. Do Odd Jobs – If your day job doesn’t allow for OT, do some odd jobs around your neighborhood. Do yard work, tree-trimming, wash cars, clean houses, walk dogs, baby-sit, or open an old fashioned lemonade stand…anything you can do to get some extra income. Every dollar gets you closer to your goals.
    Potential Household Savings: $100-$400

    3. Sell Some Stuff – You can’t fit those jeans, you haven’t played tennis in years, and that prized collection of Beanie Babies isn’t doing you any good. If you’re serious about building your savings and paying off debt, you need to get about the business of selling some stuff. Think Craigslist, Ebay, Amazon, consignment sales and garage sales. If you haven’t used it in a year, it’s time to sell it. Just think of all the extra money and closet space you’ll have!
    Potential Household Savings: $100-$500

    4. Sell Your Blood. I’m not talking about calling your neighborhood vampire to make a street deal here. Most people can donate their plasma (the liquid part of your blood) twice per week at an average of $30-$35 per donation. So, you can legitimately make up to $70/week selling your blood plasma.
    Potential Household Savings: $280-$560

    5. Cut Out Dining Out. Restaurants offer convenience, good food and a relaxing atmosphere. But as you know, you are paying for every bit of it. If you want to get intense and kick-start your debt-free journey, take a 1 month restaurant hiatus. The average American family spends $220 per month on eating out. You may spend more or less, but this savings adds up fast.
    Potential Household Savings: $200-$300

    6. Lose the Latte. Let’s be honest, we all love “the bucks.” A Grande, Triple Shot, Fat Free, Soy Milk Caramel Macchiato with no foam is a tasty pick-me-up. But when you spend $3.50 on coffee 4-7 times per week, you are drinking away your savings. Swear off the fancy coffee drinks for 1 month, brew a cup at home, and watch your savings grow like a Brazilian Coffee Tree.
    Potential Household Savings: $50-$140

    7. Lay Off of the Luxury Services –Nobody really enjoys cleaning the house, mowing the grass, walking the dog or washing the car. So, in an attempt to save our time and energy, we outsource these services to a maid, lawn care company, dog-walker or auto-detailer. Cutting out these services for 1 month can go a long way toward meeting your $1,000 goal.
    Potential Household Savings: $300-$400

    8. Tighten Your Grocery Budget– When Katy and I got serious controlling our spending, we were shocked by how much we were spending on groceries. For a household of 2, we were spending $700 per month on groceries. By carefully planning our meals, not wasting food, and limiting the “convenience foods” we bought we were able to cut our grocery bill down to only $400 per month. Take a look at your current grocery spending and see where you can make some cuts.
    Potential Household Savings: $200-$400

    9. Skip the Convenience Store – At times in my life I would stop at a convenience store every single day to pick up a little something. This mindless nickel and dime spending adds up. A daily stop at a convenience store costs an average of $3. That adds up to $90 per month. If your spouse does the same, that’s $180. Throw in some spending on your kids, and you can easily blow upwards of $200 per month. For 1 month, plan ahead for your snacks away from home and put all that saved money toward your starter emergency fund.
    Potential Household Savings: $150-$200

    10. Entertain Yourself –Movies, bowling, video games, sports events, golf, hunting…these are all fun, but they all cost money. Instead of spending money on your fun, learn to enjoy free forms of leisure. Go to the park, read a book, play a board game, and watch movies you already own. Remember that what you are doing isn’t as important as simply enjoying being with your friends and family.
    Potential Household Savings: $50-$100

    It takes some hard work, focus, and sacrifice to get out of debt and build savings. Choose and implement some of these changes and take the first step toward being debt free by building your $1,000 starter emergency fund. You can do this!

    This is your money and your life…take control!

    Join the conversation…what else can you do to either increase your income or reduce your spending, in order to save $1,000 in 1 month?

    Absolutely bang on the point..

    Do you write any blog on the same topic? Me too belong to Miceli Financial Planning Services. I used to search for good articles to share on social media. If you do write let me know.

    Last edited by simonclay111; 11-06-2012, 02:19 AM.


      All I can say is Great post with great information! Hope you'll make more of this soon.


        Originally posted by p_wyt_12 View Post
        All I can say is Great post with great information! Hope you'll make more of this soon.
        I agree, I hadn't seen this post before.


          Clintdavis, this is an EXCELLENT post, and yes, I was yelling on the word EXCELLENT! So many good ideas. It really clicked for me when reading it just how important the old emergency fund is. That is where I used to always go wrong with credit card debt-I would use credit cards AS my emergency fund. No More!

          I've sort of nipped the Starbucks thing, although I could do better. I buy the little packets of instant starbucks when they are on sale at the grocery store. They are still expensive, but instead of paying 2-3 dollars a cup at Starbucks, I make it at home for under 1 dollar.

          I also found by not buying things in convenience stores I was saving a lot of money. A little more planning, and a weekly trip to the grocery store took care of that one.

          Again, thanks for a most excellent post, and hope to see you around here a lot more!


            Great tips!

            I'd label the last tip as: redefine entertainment. I find used books at my local library for just 50 cents. In the past 8 months, I've collected about 20 books and they give me lots of pleasurable reading time. I can't remember the last time I went out for a movie!


              Your advices are more than nice. Any kind of admiration will go shorten to describe how people will be benefited by your advices in this rescission.


                There are lots of ways to save money, you just have to be creative and look everywhere. There are so many little things you can do to help you save. For example, instead of using dryer to dry, use the god old dry hanging method where you hang cloth on a rope in the backyard.


                  Excellent list and tips. The biggest thing that people struggle with is discipline. How many times do you see people let their egos outweigh their wallets and the next thing you know they are struggling to pay their bills and yet the cable is still on.

                  Cut back people. Do so when you can not when you have to otherwise the consequences tend to be dire. There is no shame in not having an extra $500 in bills. Read the millionaire next door pretty please.


                    What happens if you don't spend that sort of money? No overtime, no work for neighbors, sold a ton of stuff, don't eat out, don't drink coffee, never stop at a convenience store, don't use snack machine, don't do much entertainment that costs money, don't overspend on groceries?

                    I think people look at the small things but forget that some people don't do any of those things. What gets them into debt? At least where I live, seriously, large purchases like too much home or car. The struggle of buying a home within the guidelines and ending up spending 30-50% of the income on housing and then everything else is minimal but you still struggle. Even renting a 1 bd where we live runs $1200-$1500. Townhouses that are 3/2 are $3k. Most people I know aren't eating out, drinking coffee, paying for help, etc it's just the housing that blows everything out of proportion.

                    My tip is look at the big picture. How expensive is your house or car?
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                      It is great to see some advice on here to help the ordinary Joe - advise that anybody can follow. Thanks for that.