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Since losing my job back in 2011, we as a family have become even more frugal. For some reason, I didn’t think it was possible, but it is. Although being more frugal hasn’t been easy, it has definitely been very rewarding. While I used to do some major couponing, those are the days of the past. But I still am a bargain hunter at heart and love to save where I can so I can splurge where I want. Here are my top 10 Frugal Living Tips to help you save where you can, so you can splurge on what you want!
Reuseable Items Helps You Live Frugally
In the past I would have said using coupons was my number 1 tip, but it’s moved down on the list. What took that coveted spot? I’m glad you asked because it is to skip the convenience store. We have reusable cups that literally goes everywhere with us. We use water fountains to fill up our water, or if it’s a long trip we take our 1 Gallon Cooler filled with iced tea. If you are dining out for a meal 9 times out of 10 the restaurant will fill your reusable glass for you at the beginning or the end of your meal.
Invest in a water filtration system why it’s a little more than a case of water it will save you money in the long run I promise! Our first transition was a water pitcher that included a filter and it literally lived on our counter for years. But we have since upgraded to a faucet-mounted filter which cuts down on the clutter and actually lasts longer. Plus it is reusable to we aren’t filling the landfills with our plastic drinking bottles which is better for the environment and as my niece Olivia says, “Save the Sea Turtles”.
Think before you Buy!
I know, you just saw the most perfect item and you want to buy it. But you need to think before you buy every single time. Does the item spark joy? Do you already have something at home that you could use instead of buying new? Do you NEED it or do you just want it? Stop and think before you buy so that way you don’t waste your hard-earned money on a purchase that isn’t necessary. It’s amazing how impulsive we are when it comes to buying things, and if you buy it when you get home you have to get rid of one thing so you aren’t a hoarder in the making.
If you want it or need it, then, by all means, purchase it. But in my experience, I really don’t need a lot of the things that I thought I wanted. But if I need it or want it I want to use a coupon or at least buy it on sale. Using a coupon will at least save you a little bit. Also, check out surplus stores in your area because I’ve gotten some amazing steals for a fraction of the price.
DIY It to live Frugally
This one is a little tougher than others, but hey it does save you some money if you can make the item cheaper than you can buy it. But it has been my experience that most things, especially “crafting” things it is much cheaper to pay for the item instead of making it yourself. But it isn’t always that way one of the things I used to do was to make my own homemade laundry soap. But I’ve went to a more “Green Cleaning Method” so I no longer make it, but it does save a lot of money when you do it.
Use Cash & Do More Planning
Give yourself a set budget amount of cash for the week and once that is gone you are done spending for the week. Since I work from home I don’t always need cash for a coffee or lunch out, but I still budget it in so I have it. Anything extra leftover is then placed in my “mad money” stash and then I can spend it on something I want, need, or apply it to a bill. One of these days we will be out of debt, but in the meantime, we just keep working on bills a little at a time. Because even the smallest of payments adds up over time and it leads to a more thrifty lifestyle.
Do More Planning- Ah yes, the good old “planning” tactic, it’s tough to get into the habit, but once you are in the habit it makes saving money a little easier. Plan your big purchases accordingly and don’t forget to have your emergency fund in place. So you have a little extra in place so if say the refrigerator goes out, you can replace it easily. Maybe if we learn to plan our purchases, we’ll be better off in the long run financially and live a more frugal lifestyle too!
You Don’t Have to Be a Tightwad to Save
One of the best ways to save is menu plan or stay in for a meal instead of going out. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go out to eat say once a month. Eating at home can save SO MUCH money and when you eat out less often you are actually rewarded by your one dining out experience a month. One of the best ways is to try programs like Home Bistro which makes your food more fun. Plus if you purchase the store brand instead of the name brand it is a great way to save each time you had to the grocery store. Think you don’t have time to cook? Check out Real Eats because they have some delicious meals that are ready to go in just 6 minutes!
Saving money doesn’t have to be hard and you shouldn’t feel like you are missing out. There are lots of ways to get TV for FREE so you are entertained as well as making your piggy bank grow. Set one goal for yourself to implement and once it’s implemented you can add another way to save to your list. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your savings. BUT if you start saving even small amounts you are already better off than you were before.
What is the top Frugal Living Tips that you can share with me?