Save-O-Meter - Total saved: $43,578,020

The "Save-O-Meter" is here so we can all enter our individual results and combine them. It is exciting!! As the total climbs we will all be able to say, "Look at that number. I had a part in that. I made a difference!"

How much money have we saved together? Enter your saving successes below to add them to the total.

First look at the habits you have changed since joining SS. What were some of the bad things you used to do that wasted a lot of money? Pick up a pen and notebook and start by writing a list of some of these bad habits that you used to do and no longer do since discovering Simple Savings. Then work out the things you are now doing instead. What is the new habit you have replaced it with?

Eg: Stopping buying processed food at the supermarket and making food from scratch.

Once you have gone through and written down the things you used to do before Simple Savings then go and try and figure out how much you used to spend per week on each of these items and how much you are now spending. When you have worked out a dollar value for all these things. Enter them by clicking 'Add Yours' below.

New Habits

Old Habit Amount New Habit Amount Frequency Saving
Optus $55/month mobile plan $55 Jeenee $25/month sim-only mobile no-contract plan with more calls and more data!! $25 monthly since Nov 2014 $2
Buying latte on way to work $5 New job - drive different way, no coffee shop to pass. -- weekly since Nov 2014 $2
Buying take away once a week $10 Eating at home -- weekly since Nov 2014 $4
buying bread $5 making bread $2 weekly since Nov 2014 $2
home phone/internet bundle $85 not using all data allowance reviewed to lower allowance and cost $70 monthly since Nov 2014 $2
Barber for 4 kids and husband $100 DIY $1 monthly since Nov 2014 $31
buying glass cleaner $40 making glass cleaner $19 yearly since Oct 2014 $1
Buying spray n wipe $108 Making own spray n wipe $17 yearly since Oct 2014 $5
Buying yoghurt $5 Making easiyo yoghurt $1 weekly since Oct 2014 $15
Previous Grocery Bill $300 Grocery Bill now after 3 months habit-changing work $150 weekly since Oct 2014 $614
Purchasing Herron Paracetamol Tabsules from supermarket $18 Purchasing chemists own brand paracetamol $3 yearly since Oct 2014 $1
Purchasing Lunch twice a week $15 Taking lunch from home $2 weekly since Oct 2014 $54
Daily spend per day $40 Reduce to $35.00 $35 weekly since Oct 2014 $36
satellite phone plan $60 plan has expired lower plan $23 monthly since Sep 2014 $77
foxtel subscription $84 cancelled foxtel -- monthly since Sep 2014 $179
Impulsive food spending $350 Controlled Spending $150 weekly since Sep 2014 $2,028
Daily Cappucinno $20 Cuppa tea $2 weekly since Sep 2014 $191
buy toast $15 toast at home $1 weekly since Aug 2014 $212
Purchases + fun stuff $1,050 Reduce costs $1,000 monthly since Jul 2014 $187
Store Bought Muffins $10 Make my Own $2 weekly since Jun 2014 $175
Take-Away Friday nights $30 Eating at Home $10 weekly since Jun 2014 $439
Teabags $7 Tealeaves $3 weekly since Jun 2014 $90
Account management fee $4 negotiated no management fee with bank -- monthly since Jun 2014 $22
Lunch on Saturday $20 Stay home $2 weekly since Jun 2014 $430
New Clothes $100 Second Hand Clothes $15 monthly since May 2014 $492
Disposable Nappies $30 Cloth Nappies $6 weekly since May 2014 $603

One-off Savings

Description Saving
Switching home & contents insurance providers and not accepting the standard renewal paperwork that our old insurer sent out. All insurers do this; they put the price up when the time comes for renewal because they KNOW that most people can't be bothered or are too busy and forget to shop around for cheaper insurance. That's how they make their money back from offering the cheap insurance in the first year that you're with them! $1,554
Saved $446.12 on electricity bill by not using a/c & switching off unnecessary lights. We were heavy users of the a/c before but now I put the ceiling fans on and read our new digital weather station to check what temps really are inside and out. Sometimes we'd find that we were running the a/c when it was actually cooler outside if we'd only open the windows! $446
Made curtains from a doona cover instead of bought new ones $60
I watched some how-to youtube videos, plucked up my courage and tinted and waxed my own eyebrows and eyelashes! Six months ago I paid $50 to get this done at a beauty salon. The huge tub of wax and the eyebrow dye cost $30 together but will last over a year. $46
Used QantasFF/WW Rewards points for Woolworths giftcard that I can use for Xmas groceries $100
Used flybuys points for Kmart giftcard that I can use for Xmas gifts $50
script from chemist King $9 chemmart $19 $10
Second Hand Lounges instead of new ones $2,000
Shopped Around for insurance $2,100
I just saved myself $3 for a scrapbook that my child needs for Kindy. I found some unused pages in old scrapbooks, I cut them out punched some holes up the side and weaved some string and tied it. Not only did I save $3 for the book, I saved fuel, and I did my bit for the environment! $3
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Cut kiddo's hair myself $15
Shaped own eyebrows $10
Discount on S/card $5
No take away/meals at restuarants for the whole of July! $210
homemade kebabs, meat on special for $5.99 $19
Planned buying lunch instead the school provided $12
Saved $30 by massage therapist not returning my call $30
Ordered books at library; saved $50 by not buying them $50
Overcharged for cauliflower, so received it for free due to pricing policy $1
Sold Kindle on SS Classifieds $50
Marked down meat and milk $32
Bartering a haircut for sewing $50
Trimmed daughter's hair at home! $13