Everyone likes to say the best way to save money is to skip out on your morning Starbucks. Here are a few ways to save money this fall without missing out on your beloved Pumpkin Spice Lattes, because, well, they won’t be here forever.
1. Change your laundry habits. If you buy items that don’t require dry cleaning, you’ll save money on that alone. In terms of doing your own laundry, use cold water and hang them dry if you can. You’ll save money, energy, and time—plus your clothes will actually last longer this way.
2. Don’t pay ATM fees! Some banks offer ATM fee reimbursement. If yours doesn’t, it’s probably worth it to travel just a wee bit farther to your bank’s machine than to shell out $3 three times a week for cash-only happy hours. If your bank is a bit too far away to make that feasible, duck into a drugstore and grab some cash back when you’re buying something you’d need anyway.
3. Enjoy nights in instead of nights out. Buying dinner, snacks, well drinks, cocktails, and bottles of wine when you’re out with your pals gets expensive. Host a BYOB and/or potluck night at your place instead and you’ll save money in a big way (and avoid being hit on by creepy strangers).
4. Nix cable. Even though Netflix is increasing its prices, it’s still cheaper than cable. Between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and YouTube, you’ll probably still spend a lot less than you would with the demons at Comcast or the like.
5. Fuel up on regular. Unless your car specifically requires premium gas, buy regular. You won’t notice a difference anywhere except your wallet.
6. Download an app (or two!) to help you save money. RedLaser lets you scan barcodes to find the lowest prices on items. If you’re a shopaholic, apps like Ibotta and Shopkick will give you rewards for purchases.