3 Simple Ways to Easily Save Money in 2018

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I am always looking for simple ways to save money, even if it is just a little bit of money.

Like these 3 easy savings tips.  These are things that anyone who needs to work on building their savings accounts can do every day. ( Check out more sneaky money-saving tricks I tried when we were living paycheck to paycheck and barely getting by.)

If you have a hard time finding extra money to save, and just feel like giving up, please don't. The first tip on my list is actually a super simple thing you can do to save money every day. It may not be much, but it is a way to start saving now, plus it can motivate you to find new ways to save as well!

1. Save One Dollar Everyday

Yes, I know. You are probably shaking your head and thinking something like, "What?? Why bother?"

But listen, this is a simple way to start saving money. And that is important. I mean, what good are loftier goals that get abandoned because they were just too difficult to keep up with?

So I say always start the day by stashing away one dollar. And of course feel free to increase the amount whenever you can!

2. Make Meal Planning a Part of Your Weekly Routine

When I meal prep for the week ahead and do one shopping trip for all the necessary ingredients, it makes a huge impact on our grocery budget.

(Confession: I used to go to the store every day to buy groceries. We lived on a shoe-string budget with hardly any savings. I just could not see spending our week's food budget at one time and have little to no money left at home. But then I found this surprising way to save money, even when we were broke!)

This year I plan to do more meal prepping and freezing prepared meals, and a lot less ordering out and getting food delivered.

Can we talk about Left-Overs for a minute??

If you don't have a nice clean container with lid handy, chances are those wonderful money-saving left-overs will never see the inside of your refrigerator.

I have found that if I don't keep a decent supply of food storage containers around, I tend to toss left-overs out. Not good.

And while you are checking out your stash of Tupperware, don't forget to take inventory of your kitchen utensils. Make sure you have all the cool kitchen cooking utensils needed for cooking. Having some new kitchen gadgets at the ready will help make all that cooking you are going to do much more fun.

3. Save Extra Money Every Day Using Apps Like Ibotta and Ebates

If you have not tried these cash back apps yet, please make this one of your New Year's resolutions.

Get cash back when you snap a picture of your receipt and send it to Ibotta. You can check their website for all the deals they offer, and I can pretty much guarantee you will find items you were planning on buying anyway.

Earn cash back using Ebates every time you shop online. There are no fees for using their service, and it is like getting free money just for buying something you are going to buy anyway.

To be honest, this is one money-saving tip I do not always follow, even though I know it is simply like throwing money away when I don't. So one of my financial goals this year is to use these apps every shopping trip.

These simple ways to save money may seem like small steps that may not make a difference. But they really do. And baby steps can lead to much bigger steps along the journey to improving your finances. We just need to find what works for us and start taking those first steps.