5 Ways to Save Money This Month

5 ways to save money this month

Today's Daily Smartenings gives you 5 ways to save money this month.

Switch to Mintsim


I don’t know what you pay for cell phone service every month, but I had Verizon and was paying $60/month per phone for 2 GB of data.

I switched to Mintsim and paid $11.69/month for 3 months (per phone). That’s unlimited talk and text and 2 GB/data. For me, it saved me $48.31/month (or $579.72/year).

The service I get from mintsim isn’t as great as Verizon’s, but it works. For example, when I dial a phone number, it takes 20-30 seconds for it to start dialing with mintsim. And there are times when it says “Out of service area”. Then I re-start the phone, and it’s fine. But to me, the money savings is worth the little bit of extra hassle. I’ll gladly stick with a $11.69/month cell phone bill!

You can check it out at mintsim.com

Switch to Amazon Firestick for TV


I had DirecTV for TV service, and I had premium channels. That cost me $137/month.  Then I switched to their lowest plan, which ended up coming to around $70/month after they added in taxes and equipment rental fees.

Then I went to Netflix only, and that was $11/month. Then I decided to cancel all TV services.

Amazon firesticks that have Kodi installed provide you with plenty of movies and TV shows to watch.  You should use a VPN (virtual private network) with it, though, which costs around $30/year and covers up to 5 devices. I recommend that one, PIA, because it works well and is easy to set up.

And if you already have Amazon Prime, there are plenty of shows and movies to watch on the Firestick without using Kodi.

The way to use it is to buy a Firestick ($39.99 at amazon) and install the Kodi software onto it. There are a lot of tutorials online and on YouTube for that.

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I don’t know about the legality and terms of that, so please do your own diligent research on it. I am not a lawyer and I don’t know the latest laws so please do not do anything without researching it for yourself.

Savings per month for me: $135.00

Sign up for money-saving websites and apps


Some that save me money or give me money back include:

  • Retailmenot
  • Ebates
  • Ibotta (app)
  • Walmart.com app – you scan your Walmart receipt into the savings catcher, and it checks to see if there are any lower prices anywhere near you. If there are, it refunds you the price difference.

Use Coupons


Clipping and using coupons can be a bit time-consuming, and you do have to be somewhat organized to keep track of them, but the money savings can be incredible. (Ever watch that show “Extreme Couponing”?)

Great places to get coupons online include:

Bonus: #6


If you’re looking to purchase a specific item, check deals sites like:

There are others, too, so just search for “best deals sites”.

What Do You Think?
What are your favorite money-saving tips? Please share in the comments below!
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Michele Swensen is a writer and web designer who loves learning, animals, writing, reading, and playing the piano. She’s a member of Mensa and a college graduate.

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