When I first started tracking my budget, it never occurred to me that the makeup tutorials and fitness videos I was watching on YouTube on a daily basis could help me save money.
Then I realized that after months of subscribing to YouTube channels, I was spending about $200 less per month on clothes, beauty products, yoga classes and food.
To help you slash your spending too, I’ve put together a list of my favorite money-saving YouTube channels. The videos are entertaining, and you can easily watch them while you clean, cook or even pay your (now lower) bills.
Even better, many of these YouTubers periodically host giveaways for their favorite items, and some post coupon codes so you can get an even bigger discount.
Ready to start saving money with YouTube?
Angela’s tutorials, such as How to Give Yourself the Perfect Blowout at Home, professionally explain how to replicate salon-style looks. If you’re heading to a fancy event, her videos can save you a pricey trip to the hairdresser.
Jen’s videos help manicure-lovers save money without giving up their beautiful tips. Her nail art tutorials like this one for beginners make many of the fun nail-decorating trends much more affordable.
Emily has an entire series showcasing affordable alternatives to high-end beauty products: Makeup Dupes. She also helps viewers avoid wasting their money on a less-than-worthwhile product through her Try This, Not That series.
5. Raddest Mom
Want to save money while still living healthy? Lisa makes lots of gluten-free and organic products you’d find at Whole Foods at home. She also makes her own natural dry shampoo, and even a natural cleaning system.
Rachel shares tips from professionals so you can get spa or salon treatments at home, and often provides coupon codes and giveaways. One of my favorite tips I picked up from Rachel is her facialist’s advice to cleanse your face twice, once to remove makeup and once to actually clean the skin. In addition to beauty advice, she also shares home decorating and lifestyle tips!
Vy has an entire series called Get the Look for Less that appeals to a variety of personal styles: from Taylor Swift fans to those inspired by Angelina Jolie’s fashion choices. Vy looks at specific outfits that capture these celebrities’ signature styles, and then translates them to “real life” (a.k.a. a more reasonable price).
10. Kate Northrup
You already know you should be saving money, but Kate’s videos help motivate you and make the process a little easier. In one video, Saving Money: How To Make It Feel Good, she talks about how to start saving slowly by opening a free online savings account that you call “Money for Me.” The idea is to save a little bit every day in order to make a deposit into your “Money for Me” account, even if it’s only a few dollars at a time.
Kathryn’s channel gives an all-encompassing look into ways to save money, from advice on shopping at Dollar Tree for clothing, to affordably organizing personal spaces. Her thrifty skills help you create a beautifully organized home without spending a lot of money.
Brittany is a mother of five, so it’s no wonder budgeting has become a priority in her life. Her Thrifty Living series incorporates ways to save money on food, your electric bill, your water bill and baby items.
14. Southern Savers
These videos are detailed and thorough, addressing a wide array of topics like finding bargains at stores like CVS and Walgreens, couponing strategies, and saving money during holiday shopping season. However, the food-related videos are my favorites, like the ones that share myths about saving money at the grocery store and tips for getting produce for less.
15. Nikki Phillipi
Saving money by making lunch at home instead of buying it during the workday is smart, but can be challenging in practice. Scrambling to put together a meal during the morning rush is a challenge! Nikki is a big advocate of pre-prepared meals, and provides some great ideas for simple, healthy lunches. In addition, she also shares beauty reviews and lifestyle advice.
16. Tone It Up
Instead of shelling out for a gym membership or a workout class, try the full-body toning techniques shared by personal trainers Karena and Katrina. Most routines don’t require any equipment, and the ones that do are still simple, necessitating little more than a kettlebell or hand weights. These fun workouts are usually set in bright and sunny California, which makes them especially fun to do in the middle of winter.
You can go to a yoga class at a studio, but you can also do yoga for free at home — all you really need is a bit of floor space! Yoga teacher Adriene offers a wide range of
workouts on her channel. She believes that yoga is a way of life, and she teaches basic yoga poses, power yoga, yoga for meditation, prenatal yoga, and so much more!
These sisters’ clothing hauls are always affordable. Why are they in the fitness category? While it can be tough to find great workout attire at a decent price, they created two excellent videos on where to find affordable workout clothes.
Hillary will help you learn how to make your home look great — and more organized — on a budget. She’s a stay-at-home mom who loves thrifting, cooking and shopping at IKEA, and shares her strategies on how to do all these things for less money.
20. House of Aqua
Modern home decorator Kelly shows off her chops in her Zero Dollar Decorating Challenge. Yes, that’s right: $0. The idea is to reuse things from other parts of your home to give a room a new look — without spending any money. Kelly often incorporates thrift store finds with decorations from discount retailers.
Want to update your dining room chairs? Cathryn shows you a fun way to give them a new look using only chalk paint and fabric. Instead of buying holiday decor next year, use her tips to DIY it. She’s full of fun ideas for decorating your home on a budget.
Your Turn: Do you use any YouTube channels to help you save money? I’d love to hear your favorites!
Jill Pohl is a freelance writer based in Northern Virginia, by way of lots of other places (she’s a military spouse of five years). Her lifestyle blog features published articles as well as personal posts, and can be read at www.visionsofjillhanna.com. You can also find her on Twitter at @jillpohl.