Still, you might be able to save hundreds, maybe even $1,000 — in the next month! You just have to know where to look. Here are six suggestions.

How to save more money fast

1. Stop paying too much for insurance

Family sitting in the car looking out windows
pikselstock / Shutterstock
Your newer car might get you an insurance discount.

Insurance companies are incredibly competitive, meaning there's almost always a lower rate out there for your car or homeowners insurance.

Even if you save just $10 a month by switching policies, that's a start.

Also, make sure you're getting all of the insurance discounts you're entitled to. Do you drive a newer car? Does it have an alarm? Were you in a sorority in college? All of those things can mean savings.

2. Ask for better terms on your debt

A man is talking on the phone and smiling at work
wavebreakmedia / Shutterstock
See if the people you owe will give you better terms.

If you have credit card debt, student loans or a personal loan, contact your lender to see if it's willing to give you a better deal.

Maybe the credit card company will lower your interest rate to keep your business, or maybe you can consolidate your student loans at a lower rate, with a lower monthly payment.

And, be certain you have the best credit card for your lifestyle. A cash-back card is no good if you're paying more in interest than the money you get back.

3. Cut out the little stuff

Young girl having a good morning healthy breakfast smoothie drink made of super foods, fruits, nuts, berries
zjuzjaka / Shutterstock
Maybe it's time to break that expensive smoothie habit.

For one month, keep track of every dollar you spend. Write it all down. At the end of the month, lump your spending into groups such as gas, groceries and utilities.

Whatever doesn't fit neatly into one of the categories — like those afternoon smoothies that make your wallet skinnier but add to your waistline — might easily be done away with.

4. Use cash more often

Female hands counting US Dollar bills or paying in cash. Shallow DOF.
ptnphoto / Shutterstock
Paying with cash can help you save.

When you make all of your purchases electronically, you can easily overspend. But when you touch cash, count it and can visualize just how much you've got left, it's clearer to see your budget dwindling away.

If you try to use cash more often, you're more likely to curb your spending. 

5. Adjust your withholding

W-4 form and a pen. Tax season
Piotr Swat / Shutterstock
Adjust your withholding and have more money to save right now.

Lots of people brag about getting thousands of dollars back when they file their taxes, but a mega-refund is a sign you were paying too much to begin with.

You might save hundreds a month that you could put in the bank, earning more interest, simply by making sure your tax withholding is correct. 

6. Find your trick

Craft paper bag with funny yellow sticker. Ecological food bag for lunch or food take away delivery, closeup, copy space
Prostock-studio / Shutterstock
Making lunches instead of buying them will keep more money in your pocket.

Some people start brown-bagging it to work. Others take all the change they receive in the course of a day and put it in a jar.

Take time to think about new habits you might be able to stick with that will help you save more money.

Calculate how much you need to save each month to reach your savings goal.

About the Author



MoneyWise Editorial Team

These articles were created by the MoneyWise editorial team.

You May Also Like

5 Wise Money Moves Before the Fed Starts Raising Interest Rates Again

Time's almost up on ultra-low rates, so don't be caught off guard.

Want to Earn Big Returns Without the Shaky Stock Market? Try Art

Art investment is no longer reserved for the wealthy

How to Get a Free Credit Score

It's simpler than ever to get a free credit score.

Do Big Stores Save You the Most? We Price-Check Our Shopping List

With one 30-second trick, we found $460 in savings beyond Walmart and Amazon.