Whether the economy is struggling or soaring, many of us in Oklahoma City need to find ways to save money. When we can cut costs, find free things to do or get some helpful bargains, it makes a big difference on our pocket books. So here are some tips for saving money on a number of different things in Oklahoma City.
For many of us, gas is a tremendous expense each month, particularly here in the large area of Oklahoma City. Driving from one side of the metro to the other twice a day for a work, for example, can certainly add up. So even saving a few cents on the gallon can make a big impact. Using some helpful online resources
, find out which Oklahoma City gas stations near you have the best prices.
Clipping coupons is certainly not new, and there's a reason it has been around so long. This is a valuable way to save money in Oklahoma City. Check your mailbox and your Sunday paper for coupons, of course, and review circulars for all of the local grocery stores. But even more than that, learn some coupon secrets
from those in the know, and check online coupon sites such as Valpak
Always keep your eyes on the local event calendars
. You'd be surprised how many free events take place each month. From art festivals to live music concerts
, there are many ways to get out of the house, save money in Oklahoma City, and still have a lot of fun while spending less money than you would on a movie rental.
There are a number of excellent free or discounted
activity options in the metro. From city parks and recreation centers to art galleries and educational establishments, these are a penny-pinchers day out. In addition, check local visitors bureaus
or tourist agencies
for available discounts on the popular, more expensive attractions and nearby destinations.
When trying to decide where to spend your travel and vacation dollars, consider right here in Oklahoma. The state is incredibly diverse and has plenty of unique destinations. You can save money in travel expenses and also get coupons
for free. Then when you get back, tell us
all about your in-state trip.
When we're trying to save money in Oklahoma City, many of us avoid eating out altogether. But if you still want to have that evening out with the family, investigate OKC Restaurant Coupons
or check out the restaurants that offer Kids Eat Free
specials or other discounts. Even a few bucks on a kids meal can mean money to spend elsewhere.
Many parents consistently lament how quickly their children grow out of clothes, shoes and even toys. It's a constant process of replacing still-in-good-shape items with new ones, and the cost of doing so can get out of hand. Instead, consider finding garage sales
around the metro or visiting a thrift store
to save some money.
Like eating out at restaurants, going to the movies is an expensive extra that many families trim when times get tough. But even though you may have to miss the first-run flicks, you can still go to the theater. Save a lot of money in OKC by visiting the bargain movie theaters
. In addition, rather than a Netflix subscription or paying five bucks at Blockbuster, save money by renting at a Redbox
location near you.
It may not be an everyday activity like other things on this list, but weddings can take a big chunk out of our savings. That is, unless we look for ways to save money. Look to have someone make a wedding dress rather than buying it, and don't get your heart set on a popular OKC reception site
. Also, get information on some of the entities that offer free weddings
with premarital counseling.
If you're like me, math is not exactly a strong suit. And if that's the case, then mistakes in that annual horror of tax filing
can cost you a lot of money. Even more than that, though, getting assistance can help save you money as well. Several entities offer free tax preparation
assistance in Oklahoma City each year.
Health costs continue to rise, of course, and even if you have a good insurance plan, just the cost of a doctor's visit can set you back a bit. That's why the Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring Van is an excellent resource for parents. If your insurance doesn't cover immunizations, get them for free at a number of scheduled clinics