10 DIY Tips That Saved Us Money Quick

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Every year during the month of February, my husband and I participate in what we lovingly refer to as “Frugal February.”

Essentially the concept is to save as much money as possible during the shortest month of the year. That means no eating dinners out, no morning coffee runs, no clothing shopping, no cab rides. We’re certainly not perfect, but we try our very best.

And that isn’t always easy when you live in a big city. The cost of living is pretty high and it can be difficult to save a ton of money. But we’ve learned a heck of a lot over the years and have some tips to share with you. We know some of these ideas should help you put a few more pennies in your bank account this year, just like they did us.

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The World of Unused Gift Card Trading

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When I moved into my first home, I was overwhelmed with the amount of love and generosity from my family and friends. These special people in my life volunteered their time to help me unpack, brought over meals to get me through the first week and came bearing lots of generous gifts. Every meal, minute, and gift meant the world to me because it made my transition far less stressful, and a lot more special.

Probably the most common gift that I received during this time was an assortment of gift cards. Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Lowe’s, HomeGoods, Chipotle – my collection of gift cards was exploding from my wallet as my heart was exploding with gratitude. But there was just one problem…

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