5 Simple Ways I Save On Everyday Items

With all of the things i’ve been doing lately, making the most of my spending during the week is definitely a priority. By using a few tricks when shopping for the daily essentials, i’ve discovered that saving — while spending — is definitely possible {take it from the gal living in San Francisco!} Therefore, i’ve rounded-up a few of these takeaways for you below, so you can be on your way to enjoying all the fun stuff on the weekends — guilt-free!

ONE// Gyms

As much as i’d like to think I can get by exercising without a gym membership, motivation just doesn’t come that easy for me. Therefore, i’ve turned to options like ClassPass, which still includes all my favorite gyms without the typical $25-$35/class fee. Also, most studios have great intro specials {or Groupon deals} with discounts up to 80% off packages and membership fees. Popular spots like CorePower or Orangetheory offer these, too, although i’d recommend checking with your local studio for any location-specific deals that may be running.

TWO// Books

I’ve become quite the avid reader during my time on the west coast, and while I partake in the occasional book club, I enjoy having my own stack of books handy. However, it’s crazy how quickly these novels can add up when purchasing them in a traditional bookstore. So, i’ve turned to options like Amazon or Thriftbooks to save me big on the bestsellers. Another great option? Secondhand shops. I have a local fave {Green Apple Books} although vintage stops or Goodwill stores alike carry a variety of used options at smaller sticker prices.

THREE// Travel

Between booking flights home for weddings, family events, and friend outings, my travel schedule stays v. busy. So, last year I invested in a reputable travel credit card to earn points to put towards all my trips. This one has served me well so far {I actually book most of my flights with it} but I also turn to sites like Scott’s Cheap Flights or Hopper to snag some awesome last minute deals {Paris for $400? I’ll take it!}

FOUR// Beauty

This is where the majority of my fun{ds} go. While I could spend endless amounts on make-up and day-to-day toiletries, i’ve started skimping in two main ways: drugstore buys + subscription boxes. When it comes to my corner pharmacy, i’ll stock up on the basics that aren’t worth too much of an investment {i.e. brushes or lash extender} to pair with my higher-end products. Buying in bulk or going with store brands tends to help, too.

I’ve also started using subscription boxes for items like razors or beauty supplies. For example, Harry’s Shave Club saves me as much as $20/month on razors alone {i’d recommend checking out their free trial}, while the Sephora PLAY! Box keeps me stocked with face masks and fragrances for the month. This in turn, has keep my beauty stash in fresh rotation, while cutting back on those impulse buys.

FIVE// Decor

You can most frequently find me scouring the home sections of a TJ Maxx or Marshalls for a good deal. Their candle section alone is enough to keep me happy, featuring top brands like Yankee Candle Co or Illume. For bigger purchases, I subscribe to emails from retailers like Wayfair or Overstock to find out when they are having deals and discounts on their larger furniture items. Then, for all other things, I’ll turn to Target, which carries pieces from some of my favorite brands {re: Nate Berkus + Oh Joy!} without the price tag to prove it!

What are some ways you save on your day-to-day essentials? I’d love to hear!


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