Cutting corners is usually bad — constructing a playground, mass-producing lawnmowers, paying taxes, (God forbid) running around a track — the list goes on and on. But when it comes to your weekly expenses, slash away!

 

Unless you are Jennifer Aniston and have “Friends” money or are some type of wizard, you know what it’s like to be overwhelmed by your piling bills, your monumental rent checks (New York peeps, come on), the crazy amount of money taken from your monthly paychecks, or any other outstanding expenses. We can’t pay your bills for you, but we can give you some simple tips to help you limit your expenses:

 

1. We’re just going to jump right into this — it might be hard, but bear with us — cut out Starbucks. I know what you’re thinking: “Cut out Starbucks?But… coffee!” Not to worry; we know that morning jolt of caffeine is necessary most mornings, and Starbucks is admittedly delicious. However, Starbucks is also very expensive. When you add up just one delicious grande vanilla latte a day, it adds up to $30 per week. That’s a lot to spend on caffeine. We suggest you invest in a Keurig and a to-go cup that you can take with you to work or brunch or anywhere in the world. Right there, that’s an extra $100 bucks every month that you can use to buy yourself something pretty! Or, you know, bills, or something.

 

2. Here comes another hard one: to whomever this applies: quit smoking! If this is you (you obviously know who you are), we won’t give you the speech your mom has given you a thousand times; here’s the short version: it’s detrimental to your health and costs a fortune! Unless you live in Kentucky, where the average price for a pack of cigarettes is $5, and the cigarette tax is only five cents, you’re spending an enormous amount on smokes. Especially if you live in New York, you’re buying the most expensive pack of cigarettes in the country, at about $15 dollars per pack. If you’re buying even one pack every week, that adds up to at least $60 per month and almost $800 per year! That’s a lot of money to spend on a bad habit. Try to kick it, and save yourself some pretty significant pocket change.

 

3. Here’s another tip reiterated by your mom and now by us: save coupons and buy in bulk! If you’re feeling perpetually broke, know that you’re not alone and decide it’s time to make that dreaded transition from kid to adult you’ve been fending off for years with ramen noodles and turning your underwear inside out ever since high school. You can save a ton of money just by saving coupons and stocking up on essentials when they go on sale. It is a big step, we know, especially with your newly acquired portable mug of only average-tasting coffee and those darned nicotine patches, but try it out for once and then call mom and admit that she was right about the coupons.

 

4. Prepare your food and drinks at home! This is another tough one; it is hard to give up your favorite caffeinated beverages, cigarettes, and erratic grocery-purchasing habits, but if you have it in you, follow our advice: eat at home, pack a lunch, and pre-game before going out. One of the biggest ways you burn money is by eating out and going out (buying drinks, paying for a cab home, eating whatever food you decide is a good idea to order when you get back home, etc. etc.). Instead of going out to lunch every day, pack a sandwich and an apple, like when you were a kid. When you go out, (if your goal is to drown your sorrows) do the bulk of your drinking at a pre-game with friends before you hit the bars, so that you end up spending less money on expensive drinks when you get there.

 

Did you find these practical money-saving tips helpful? Leave your two cents in the comments below or shoot me a tweet @JenksUOhMeASoda