Brew your own coffee
Walk right past Starbucks. Don’t even look.
Not only are you on a spending diet; you’re on a (temporary) fun diet. Most vices cost money—no online shopping and no pedicures.
Save on transit
Walk or ride your bike. If you have to drive, set up carpools with your co-workers or friends and split the gas.
Consider a housing swap
Instead of forking out fistfuls of cash for a hotel, plan your vacation via homeexchange.com, a site that connects families in various travel destinations. Airbnb is a great money-saving alternative to hotels, too.
Barter to save money
Swapping professional services and hidden talents is a great way to get what you need without spending a dime.
Save your change
Raid the penny jar and go to the bank to cash them in. Many have free change-sorting machines.
A version of this article appeared in our January 2014 issue with the headline “Saving on turbo speed,” p. 59.