80 Ways To Save $1,000 Fast, In 30 Days Or Less

At the end of the day, there are only a couple of ways to save a lot of money, and it all comes down to one simple truth: you have to earn more than what you spend.

Ultimately, you can do this in two ways, by increasing your income, as well as decreasing your expenses.

However, there are so many things you can do to cut some corners in the meantime.

Here are some of the best money-saving moves you can make to save 1000 dollars now.


1. Stop paying for your cable TV (Save $100 today)

I’m not saying that you should stop watching TV altogether, but there are plenty of ways to watch TV without a cable, even free of charge. Cutting the cord we’ll save you $100 a month or over 1000 dollars per year.

2. Cut your landline (Save 50 a month)

In my case, this was a lifesaver. Not only that it saved me some cash, but I also didn’t have to deal with window salesmen, and my mother-in-law any further.

A simple way to save money each month. Cutting the landline cord will save you 50 dollars this month, or $500 per year.

3. Find a better home for your pets (save $1000 in a year)

As it happened, my son used to get a highly allergic reaction whenever my cat got near him. That meant that I had to find a different home for my pup, and luckily, my aunt took good care of him.

It was only then when I realized how expensive it was to own an animal and take proper care of it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you should abandon your beloved pet at once, but if you’re having a hard time making ends meet, think twice before bringing an animal into the household.

4. Stop wasting money on storage units (Save $200 a Month)

Think about it for a second.

Do you actually need to hold onto stuff you never get a chance to use? Stop using them and save money now.

5. Find a goal and strive to achieve it

This is quite general advice, but it can work wonders when it comes to keeping yourself motivated and driven to succeed.

With a clear goal ahead, you’ll work twice as hard in order to achieve it.

Buy a new car, renovate your house, or go on a nice holiday. Conceive whatever it takes to keep you going.

6. Think about moving

If the costs of living are too steep in your current neighborhood, you might want to switch something up.

I know that there are many factors that determine whether this is possible or not, but do the calculation, and find out how much money you can actually save if you only moved a couple of blocks down the road. It can be well worth it sometimes.

7. Use public transport

Having your own car is nice and comfortable, but you’ll be able to save so much gas money if you only used public transport now and again.

You also won’t have to deal with the impossible task of finding a parking spot in a busy city center. Do I have your attention now?

8. Get rid of all materialistic people from your environment

What good will they do for you? At the end of the day, they will only take away from your life, regardless of whether we’re talking about money or life energy.

9. Be smart with your choices

You don’t have to use the most expensive gym in town, just because it’s right next door to you. It wouldn’t kill you to walk 3 blocks down to the one that costs half as much.

Similarly, don’t be lazy to check out your options when it comes to insurance companies, mobile plans, and car repair shops. Some might call it penny-pinching, but I call it being smart with your money.

Don’t miss: How to Save $5,000 in 6 Months On A Lower Income

10. Shop for your groceries online

Not only that you get a chance to remove yourself from any impulsive purchases, but you also get to save some cash when it comes to gas money.

The only downside of online grocery shopping can be found with fruit and vegetables, which can be a bit past their prime, but other than that, it’s a home run.

Related: Apps to save money on groceries

11. Expensive phones

I’ll admit that this is one of my pet peeves. I personally use a company phone, as well as their car (they like to keep high standards when it comes to these things).

Last summer, I got a brand new iPhone from them, and naturally, I dropped it a couple of days afterward, where the screen shattered into pieces.

Truth be told, this is not the first time I’ve done such a thing, I have at least 5 phones with broken screens at home. In case you might be wondering, I haven’t yet learned my lesson, as I still don’t have a phone case on.

12. Reduce consumption of meat and dairy products

They are full of hormones anyway. Check this article and find 20 cheap & healthy meals under $5.

13. Save on your haircuts

Nope, I’m not saying that you should abandon your personal hygiene.

Instead, buy a decent hair clipper, and receive a haircut from your loved ones from the comfort of your home.

I’ve been using this model for years, and I highly recommend it.

14. Stop buying coffee at drive-through places

It’s not that this coffee is particularly bad or anything, it’s just that it creates a nasty habit you won’t get rid of so easily.

15. Cigarettes

Stop smoking! Do I even have to explain this one?

16. Monthly subscriptions

One of the quickest ways to save money – cut your monthly subscriptions.

These things sneak up on you when you least expect it. Just recently, I went through my subscription list and I found a lot of those that I don’t ever remember signing up for.

Worst of all, they were not all free either.

Go through your subscriptions today, you never know where your money might be draining from.

17. Gym membership

Yes, I know I already mentioned it, but this time, I decided to cancel my membership altogether. Who was I kidding, it’s not like I would ever go there.

I know, I know…this is bad advice and here’s a counter-argument to canceling the gym. Going to the gym actually saves you money in not losing income.

18. Tithing

Stop paying when you don’t have to! Tithing does not have to be in monetary form. You could give of your time and skills.

19. healthcare Insurance

If you’re in the US, then healthcare is a major expense.

A friend of mine, Melissa Blevins, founder of Perfection Hangover, has found that by opting out of traditional health insurance and choosing Christian Healthcare Ministries, she could save over $10,000 in just premiums alone.

She shared about how Christian Healthcare Ministries paid almost an entire $40,000 hospital bill. It’s not for everyone, but it could be an easy way to save money every year on healthcare costs.

20. Monitor your electric and gas bills

You would be amazed by how much money you can save if you drop the thermostat by just a couple of degrees, and walk more.

Check out: How to save on electricity

21. Start with potty training as soon as possible

Most people aren’t even aware of how much diapers cost. The shorter your kids get to use them, the better.

22. Paper towels

Switch to using cloth paper towels are among the items that pay for themselves. Even better, cut up all worn-out clothes and use them as towels instead.

23. Do not make impulsive purchases

Whenever I get an itch to buy something dumb, I usually force myself to wait one additional day before doing so.

It’s an effective tactic that has saved my bacon a couple of times so far.

24. Don’t be afraid to negotiate

Ok, this is a creative way to save money. Plenty of people would be more than willing to pay full price instead of bargaining for a few minutes.

Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, and get that discount when you have the chance to.

You’d be foolish not to.

25. Buy a laundry drying rack

Stop using a clothes dryer and buy a traditional drying rack instead.

Not only you will save a lot of money on electricity, but your clothes will be less prone to wear and tear when dried naturally as well.

26. Do not order water at restaurants

Do you want to pay 3x more than what you would if you bought the same bottle in a supermarket?

If you decide to drink in a restaurant, order a glass of fine wine instead. One of the best money-saving tips ever.

27. Install the GasBuddy app on your phone

Stop paying premium prices for gas when you don’t have to. Cheap gas is oftentimes just one click away and there are days when the gas is cheaper.

28. Wash the dishes by hand

Yes, I used to think that getting a dishwasher was such a great idea, until I saw how much water and electricity these things spend!

Washing the dishes by hand will take up only a couple minutes of your time, and it’s also a more eco-friendly option, especially if you fill up half of your sink with water and soap, instead of leaving the faucet run all along.

29. Don’t buy a car you cannot afford

Sure, having a sweet ride can be great for your self-confidence, but what happens when you run out of money? New cars have a high depreciation rate and, depending on the model, can be a nightmare to ensure.

When you factor in gas expenses, registration fees, and costs of maintenance, you often end up with a head-scratching figure. Have all of these things in mind before you splurge on the latest sports car you like, while you can buy a great beater car.

Check out: Buying a Car for the Financially Savvy Non-Auto-Expert

30. Collecting spare change!

Do not underestimate the power of spare change. I usually collect it in my car, as I hate the sound of metal rattling in my pockets.

At the end of each month, I collect the change and exchange it for cash. It’s not much, but it usually rounds up to $15 – $20.

You can also use an app called Acorns, which collects the spare change from your bills, and invests it automatically or you can try a Penny Challenge and save $50 this month.

31. Earn your cashback

There are many apps that put the money back in your wallet. Even, some gas stations do cash back. Best of all, you won’t even have to do a thing, and the money will roll in entirely passively

32. Monitor your snacking habits

Ice cream and some chocolate every once in a while couldn’t be all that bad, right? Well, besides putting some extra pounds around your waist, it can also affect your finances in a way you never realized.

33. Do not throw away your leftovers

Most restaurants have a “today’s special” section of meals that they offer at slightly reduced prices.

I hate to disappoint you, but chances are that that food is not exactly fresh, and that it comes from the leftovers their customers left uneaten the previous day.

Well, if you can eat leftover restaurant food, why wouldn’t you do the same thing at your home as well? Easy way to save money.

34. Do you need all of that mobile data?

Thousands of people are constantly paying for expensive data plans, without even using it. If this describes you, I’d advise you to consider switching to prepaid.

If you’re looking for a better mobile plan then I suggest you check out our Tello Mobile review and Saving Advice post on lesser known Gen Mobile cell phone plan.

Related: Get free internet for you Android or iPhone

35. Use coupons & deals whenever you can

Do not be afraid of using coupons and deals like Subway Sub of the Day as much as you can. Couponing is a great way to save on everyday expenses.

People will sometimes call you cheap for doing so, but who cares for their opinion?

Take some time to look at all the available deals, and find as many promo codes as possible.

Websites such as Rakuten will help you track down all the offers.

Check out: How to get free coupons in the mail

36. Make a wish list on Amazon

Add as many products as you want on it. Amazon will let you know when the price drops for any of the items off your list, and you can make your purchases at that time. This is a great tool for long-term planning.

37. Buy stuff from eBay

Thousands of items off eBay get lost through the cracks, because they have spelling mistakes in the title. Websites such as fatfingers.com will help you track down those specific items in no time.

Because fewer people will get to view that product, you will have a better chance of buying it for cheap.

38. Join a library

Reading books is a great hobby to have, but it can be downright expensive as well. Have you thought about joining a library instead?

Most libraries nowadays also have a special section dedicated to video games, and I can bet you didn’t even know that!

One of the best money-saving tips ever.

Check out: 5 Simple Ways To Save Money By Visiting Your Local Library

39. Share an Amazon Prime or Netflix account with your friends

Sure, you might get a couple of weird video recommendations as a result, but you’ll also end up paying half of the price each month. It seems like a pretty sweet deal to me and a great money-saving hack.

Don’t miss these free Sites Like Netflix.

40. Look at the food labeling

Just because one can of tomato sauce costs $1.55 it doesn’t mean that it’s actually cheaper than the $1.60 one.

How come?

Plenty of people don’t even pay attention to the packaging.

Let’s say that in this case, the first can weighs 12oz, while the second one weighs 16oz.

Notice the difference is the $/oz. ratio?

41. Make your own laundry soap

You can save a few bucks for just two minutes of work.

42. Save money with smarter dental care

Browse through the web and find a dental school in your area. After that, go through a quick appointment process, and start saving money immediately.

However, if you choose this route, know that students will be the ones responsible for your dental hygiene.

43. Shop for clothes during the offseason

While this idea might seem downright crazy to some, take a moment to realize the genius behind it.

If you decide to buy winter coats during the summer and T-shirts during the winter, you will be getting them at heavily discounted prices.

Teach yourself some patience and plan ahead. There’s just one slight catch here. Do not do this with your children.

When I was a kid, my mom used to employ this tactic every year.

Unfortunately, one year, she failed to prepare for my growth spurt, so I ended up with a whole bunch of school clothes I wasn’t able to fit in.

44. Use Bing as your primary search engine

There’s a good reason why Bing should be your choice when it comes to the homepage. With it, you can make money by searching the web.

Each user gets a certain number of points for every search, and those points can later be exchanged for gift cards on Amazon!

It might sound silly, but it actually works.

45. Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach

This one is pretty much self-explanatory. To help you out we put together the cheapest groceries list.

46. Always buy in bulk

At first, it will seem like you’re wasting a fortune, but you’ll quickly realize just how much money you can save this way.

47. Start a hobby

Having a fun hobby will immensely cut down on boredom spending. Trust me, I’m speaking from personal experience here.

Check out: 7 Hobbies You Can Monetize for Extra Income

48. Sell all of the stuff you rarely use

By doing this, not only that you’ll earn some money, but you’ll actually finally get around to cleaning up your cluttered garage. It’s what you call a win-win situation. 

Here’s a great resource from Kalen Bruce on how to declutter slowly if you don’t know where to start.

49. Switch banks and collect bonuses

Banks are in the constant battle for new clients, so use it to your advantage. More often than not, they will be willing to dangle some bonuses to get the job done. Always explore all of our options.

50. Use cashback apps

Each time you make a purchase, just make a quick snap of your receipt, and your job is done. The people behind these apps will do their best to negotiate some money back, and if they succeed, they’ll only take a small fee for their efforts.

If not, most of these apps are completely free of charge. What’s there to lose?

51. Shift to neutral when stuck in traffic

Yes, I know that getting stuck in traffic is highly stressful and that saving money is the last thing on your mind during those times.

However, if you just repeat the process of putting your car in neutral gear each time you hit a stop, this action will become automatic.

As a consequence, your ride will cost way less gas. It’s worth giving it a shot.

52. Eat seasonal fruit and vegetables

Once again, it’s a simple case of supply and demand. When in season, the fruit and vegetable prices go way down, only because there is an abundance of it to go around.

For example, bananas are always the cheapest during the early spring, while berries are at peak form during the summer months.

Read: Investing in Your Health Is a Great Move for Your Finance

53. Set aside some money in your savings account

Write this off as expenses right after you receive a paycheck. Don’t go wild here, but set aside a certain amount, and do so each and every month.

The goal is to never look at these funds, as they’ll never get to stick around on your checking account for too long.

54. Build a home gym

If you are a fitness freak, this is the best option for you. Of course, it will be costly at first, but if you stick to it long enough, you’ll eventually pay it off, and from that point on, you’ll be in the bonus territory.

55. Make honey

In case you have a house in the countryside, here’s a neat little hobby you can pursue. Not only that you earn some cash by selling your products, you will also become healthier by consuming them.

56. Buy quality items

Wait, doesn’t this go against the very premise of saving money? In most cases, you could say so, but there are times when quality items cost way less than the cheaper ones.

However, in order to see that, you’ll first have to step aside, and look at the big picture. Instead of buying a cheap winter coat every year, why not buy one that will keep you warm for years to come?

You still cannot see the forest from the trees? Check out this awesome quote by Terry Pratchett, and you’ll quickly realize that what I’m saying is true.

57. Stop buying lottery tickets and Save $40 This Month

The lottery is not rigged but who are you fooling, you’re never going to win a million dollars.

All you’ll do is spend $10 bucks a week in order to earn $5 every once in a while.

It’s simply not worth it.

You have a better chance of being killed by lightning than winning Powerball anyway.

The odds of grabbing the grand prize are 1 in 292.2 million, while your chances of being killed by a lightning strike are approximately 1 in 161,000.

58. Start volunteering

Not only that it’s good for the soul, but chances are that you’ll get some T-shirts from time to time, and a lot of free publicity for your company.

Ultimately, it will give you a chance to make somebody’s day a tad bit better. What more could you ask?

59. Do not increase your spending when you get a raise

Ah yes, we all dream about the day when our boss will finally notice our hard work, and award us with a much-needed raise. Sadly, once they get it, most people simply decide to up their spending habits.

Instead of falling into this trap, try keeping your feet on the ground, and redirect that extra money towards your savings account.

60. Track what you’re spending

Write down each and every expense you make over the course of one month, no matter how big or small.

When you finally draw the line after some time, you’ll quickly notice where you’ve been splurging without even realizing it, and you’ll be able to save some big bucks by avoiding this unnecessary behavior.

To help you out we’ve put together the best free budget planners you can use to master your money.

61. Find the cheapest flights possible

You’d be amazed by how much you can save if you spend a couple of minutes here and there eyeing the discount airlines. Even better, you don’t even have to travel economy in order to save money while traveling.

62. Install an app called Qapital

This app is similar to the above-mentioned Acorns. However, instead of investing your spare change, this app stashes those funds away in a separate account.

The great thing about it is that you won’t even notice a difference, but give it some time, and the money will start to pile up.

63. Learn to create DIY gifts

Not only that you’ll save a lot of money on gifts, but you will also learn a neat new skill. The best part of it all is the fact that people will simply love these personalized presents.

Where can you learn how to do so?

Start by browsing Pinterest or YouTube, and I’m sure that you’ll have no problem with finding your inspiration.

64. Use Airbnb when traveling

Instead of staying in expensive hotels, find cheap accommodation on websites such as Airbnb. Why pay extra when you can find exactly what you need just a few clicks away?

You can also use a homestay option for budget vacations.

A homestay, when traveling, is a type of accommodation where you stay in a local person’s home instead of a hotel or a hostel. It’s like being a guest in someone’s house.

You get a room to sleep in, and often you share meals and spend time with the family who lives there.

65. Educate yourself

Education is an Investment and nowadays, there are plenty of self-help books that can turn your life around. It’s the easiest way to learn something new, while feeling inspired and motivated at the same time.

66. Join a Facebook group that deals with finances

There’s no need to be an active participant. In the beginning, all you have to do is pay attention and learn as much as possible. People are oftentimes willing to share some tremendous ideas when it comes to cost savings and budget maintenance.

While you are there you should check these personal finance Facebook Groups also.

67. Don’t be afraid to bargain

Whenever you decide to make a big purchase, don’t be afraid to contact as many retail companies to get exactly what you want. You’d be surprised by how much they would be willing to negotiate once they sense that you’re a serious buyer.

68. Buy used tools

Do you really need to own a brand-new set of pliers and screwdrivers? Used tools go for much cheaper, and they do the job just as fine as the new shiny ones.

69. Have some handy guys close by

I’m not saying that you should be best buddies with your plumber, but would it really kill you to ask him and his family to come around for a dinner sometime? Trust me, that dinner can be way less expensive in the long run.

70. Learn how to fix your own car

There’s no need to become a full-blown mechanic, but if you learn how to fix some simple things around your ride, you’ll save a lot of money and time. Luckily, there are dozens of YouTube channels that can make the whole process quite fun.

71. Be a good student

If you get a scholarship to the University of your choice, you will save tons of money. Furthermore, once you graduate, you’ll be able to get a higher-paying job. It’s a win-win situation.

72. Install a bidet

Trust me, this isn’t weird and you’ll save a ton of money on toilet paper. You can buy one on Amazon for less than $50.

73. Reuse silica gel packets

Instead of throwing them away, collect them in a jar and use them anywhere you want to prevent moisture.

Put them in your suitcases, shoes that aren’t frequently used, razor storage, or anything that is stored and might get musty.

Silica gel can be re-used indefinitely by drying it out again.

74. Practice the 10-Second Rule

Before any purchase, take 10 seconds to question its necessity. Do you need it? Do you have something similar? Could you borrow it? If you have doubts, set it aside. You can always buy it later if needed.

75. Join Free Reward Programs

Whenever you shop, check if the store offers a free rewards program. To avoid cluttering your main email, create a separate one for these offers and only check it when planning to shop. These programs often provide discounts on purchases you’re already making.

76. Adopt the 30-Day Rule

For non-essential purchases over $20, wait 30 days before buying. Add the item to a wishlist and revisit it after a month. If you still want it, buy it. Otherwise, you’ll save money on something you didn’t truly need, curbing impulsive spending.

77. Avoid Fast Food

Despite its convenience, fast food is not cost-effective in terms of nutritional value. Opt for healthier, cheaper snacks like granola bars, and use meal prep strategies at home.

78. Choose Appliances for Reliability

Prioritize reliability when purchasing home appliances. Consult resources like Consumer Reports for reliability data and choose models with high scores.

An appliance that lasts 15 years instead of 10 saves money in the long run. Alternatively, you can look for free appliances to see whether you are eligible to get them.

79. Fully Pay Off Reward Credit Cards

Develop the habit of paying your credit card balance in full each month to avoid interest charges. Use a rewards credit card that aligns with your spending habits for maximum benefit.

80. Resist Retail Therapy

Avoid shopping as a form of entertainment. It can exacerbate financial issues. Instead, find alternative ways to relax and enjoy your time, such as hiking or indulging in hobbies.

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3 thoughts on “80 Ways To Save $1,000 Fast, In 30 Days Or Less”

  1. There are a lot of good suggestions here, but some are vague and even insulting. The recommendation to stop tithing is just something Christians won’t do. It is a matter of faith and their relationship with God. To suggest that shows a lack of understanding and disrespect of their faith.
    DIY maintenance at home and on your vehicle is great if you know your limitations. If you can solder, run an electric line, change/install a breaker in a box, do flooring or carpentry work that is great. But I have met people that are dangerous with tools and should not touch anything powered as they could serously hurt themselves.
    Keeping bees is a lot of work and can be expensive upfront to get the materials and bees, plus being a responsible beekeeper means educating yourself and it can be a great hobby/side business but it requires work. It is not as easy as it sounds.
    Home haircuts can be a real money saver, but requires proper tools, supplies and some education. You can see how on YouTube videos, but look for reputable tutorials, not some hack taking a pair of kitchen shears and sawing off a ponytail. My husband learned some basics from a friend who was a hairdresser who hated the salon and didn’t trust others in her shop to touch her hair, so she taught him to cut hers being he was getting free haircuts from her. He acquired the good shears, hair clips, combs and has been cutting my hair for me since we first started dating. My mom thought it was horrible that he did it. He did a great job, he combed out my hair, sectioned it and meticulously trimmed and shaped my hair better than I had ever gotten it done at the salon and it was free. She thought I should go to the salon, spend alot of money I didn’t have to get a haircut I would cry over. She said bad haircuts happen, it is to be expected, but a free haircut that looks great is bad? Hubby has since taken over cutting my children’s hair, two of my best friends and even cut my mom’s hair once she got over herself and realized it would save her $50 every other month, which is a lot on her fixed income. But I have seen some absolutely horrible haircuts on people done at home and at the salon. Some people should not touch clippers or shears.
    Another thing I think is funny is that we have an antenna for tv, people look at me like I have two heads when I tell them that. They think you can only get channels from cable and have to pay for expensive bundles. We get 26 channels and the picture quality is better than cable for free after the cost of the antenna.


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