Looking for ways to save money is a popular pastime for many of us, but for some people it becomes something of an obsession. Luckily for us, this has led to some interesting and unusual ways of saving money, which we can either use as inspiration for our own money-saving endeavors or for… well, something interesting to read. So, you know all about the common money saving tactics such as using comparison sites to get better car insurance quotes and adopting energy-saving measures in your home, but what about these things?

Substitute products

For some, switching from branded goods to supermarket own-brands to save a few dollars here and there isn’t enough. Some people substitute ‘regular’ products for cheaper alternatives. For instance, instead of using toothpaste, which can be expensive, you can use bicarbonate of soda (much cheaper) instead.

Also, rather than buying costly cleaning products for keeping your home spic and span, there are some good alternatives that you could consider. For instance, plain vinegar is a great cleaning agent that’s even used by the professionals to remove stains from everything from your kitchen worktops to your shower curtain. Apparently it even works as a fabric softener!

Get through college in 3 years

Conscious that their students aren’t always especially cash-rich, quite a few colleges have now started to offer 3 year instead of 4 year courses. It’s thought that this can save you around $10,000 because you won’t be taking that fourth year of classes, so it could be something worth considering. Of course, doing a three-year course will require a greater time commitment in the short term, so it isn’t a decision to be taken lightly, but as an unusual way to save money, this one is actually not bad. When you consider that student debt is a considerable burden on many young people, the ability to knock $10k off what you owe is certainly welcome.

Get a corporate sponsor

This has to be one of the more amusing – but also potentially fantastic – ways to save money in an unusual manner. Apparently, getting corporate sponsors to pay for your wedding is growing in popularity.

It’s not hard to see why, really. The average cost of a wedding is now around $20,000 and expectations for the big day keep on rising, thanks to our celebrity-focused culture. This is a huge amount to shell out for a single day and so some couples have taken to persuading businesses to pay for certain aspects of their nuptials in return for promotions, such as being able to print their details in the wedding program.

Well. If a business logo on the back of your wedding program is what it takes to get free cake, bring it on…

Maybe we could even extend this concept to other areas of our lives.

Guest Post by James