How to Save Money in Oil Country


The Bakken is booming and perhaps your wages are too, but there are still many ways to save money.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra $1,000-$2,000 dollars every month?  Here are some simple ways to save cash every month:

  • Bring your own lunch to work.  Most people do not realize that when you pack/make your own lunch, you are saving huge bucks!  For example, if you spend $7.00 on lunch each work day (20 days) then you are spending an extra $140 dollars each month. 
  • Buy your soda/water in bulk.  When you spend $1.50-$2.00 dollars a day on a pop or water you could be overspending by up to 50%.  This alone could save you $25 dollars.
  • If you can walk, then do so!  Gas prices in the Bakken area are inflated because of the boom and you could be spending an extra $.25 a gallon.  That amount can add up over time!
  • Cook your dinner after work.  Trust me, I know this is tough, especially after a long day at work, but preparing your own meal could save you over $300 dollars!  A typical dinner at a restaurant, after the tip, is going to average around $20.  Save that cash for a rainy day and cut back by a night or two.
  • Turn your lights off, shorten your shower time and only run the A/C when it is really hot.  This is a no-brainer as these utilities can weigh heavily on your monthly expenses.

The main thing to remember is not to be too frugal.  Go have some fun every once in a while, but save when you can so there is money around when you really need it.

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