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Smarter Seasonal Spending Challenge Day 3: Cut Costs Now

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Save a little more this year by cutting out things you don't need now! Make your coffee at home, bring your own lunch, skip name brands and add it all to a holiday slush fund.

How much do you spend on coffee and lunches each week? How much can you save if you stop buying a few of these "treats" for the next three months?


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by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM


by Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

 I make my own lunches and coffee at home everyday. I was buying coffee out a couple times a week, but now get in on weekends..or more so lately rarely..maybe once or twice a month. Starbucks is my treat!

by Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

 I dont buy coffee out.   I actually don't buy any "treats".    I think I'm pretty frugal and would rather make it at home...  

by Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM
I get coffee maybe a couple times a year and I always make our lunches. But I could cut down on the fast food for convenience, and instead become better at planning ahead.
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by Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Oh I know exactly what you mean. I used to spen $1.10x3 a day 5 days a week. That adds up to $16.50 a week for bad coffee. I did the math and brewing it at home or work cost me less than that a month. So I rarely buy coffee now.

Lunch is a waste of money and not much can be said for its nutritional value either if you only have fast foods around. So walk home for lunch every day.
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by Yvonne on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

i do this all the time anyway :) lol.. i dont buy coffee, I brew it myself and we pack lunch from home.. maybe in other ways I can save a little more... gotta see.

by Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM
We don't even drink coffee! We might eat out once or twice a week. That's only on dollar menus or coupons. I can't even remember the last time. We bought name brand products. If it wasn't in a grocery store on sale.
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by Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I have been doing pretty good making my coffee at home. Now I just need to buy gallons of juice so I don't end up getting it at gas stains when my kids decide they are dying of thirst! Lol
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by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I'm a full time sahm. I already eat lunch at home and make my coffee at home. I do occasionally take the kids out or get a latte as a treat. If I stopped that, I could probably save like 30/week.
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by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM

 I already make my coffee at home.  I pack my lunch every day for work.  We don't eat out at restaurants.  I all meals at home. 

We save $1 and put them in a jar for an extra savings.  We have used the money for spending money for our Jamaica trip we did in February.    I have enough $1 now to pay for our hotel room and gas money for our trip next month to SC to see our son graduate from Army Boot Camp.  

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