Saving money really doesn’t have to be that hard. There are literally dozens of ways that you can save every single day and, at the end of that day, they will have added up to a decent amount of money. If you’re keen on saving this year then have a look at the Tips below and start putting them into effect ASAP.
No matter what you are buying ask yourself ‘do I really need this?’ The simple fact is this; most of us have housefuls of junk that we don’t need, don’t use and even don’t want. If you don’t really, truly need that new whatever it is don’t buy it.
Never go food shopping when you’re hungry. This may sound silly but a hungry person is much more apt to buy a lot of junk than one who isn’t hungry at all.
If you eat a lot of a particular item or you have a big family join a shoppers club and buy it in bulk.
If you can avoid it don’t take your children with you when you shop. Kids are kids and they always want something. If your willpower is weak you may be better off leaving them at home.
Stop worrying about the neighbors. Chances are, if they have a bigger house or ‘better’ car they’re also probably drowning in more debt than you too.
Don’t rush out to buy all the latest gadgets. Usually they will be on sale a few months later and, even though they may not be the ‘latest thing’ they will still be incredible.
Use your local library. The simple fact is that you library has thousands of books, magazines and brochures that they will let you read FOR FREE! They even have DVD movies, CDs with music and a quiet place to get away from the kids for a little while. What more could you ask for?!
Most supermarkets and clothing stores have a ‘reduced’ aisle. Sometimes you may find just what you’re looking for there and save 30, 40, 50% and more. Wal-Mart has an entire aisle for this in their stores with lots of stuff that is deeply discounted.
If you’re not handy but want to save money on basic home repairs get a book (see notes about the library above) or take a course at the nearest community college. This can save you a small fortune over the course of your lifetime.
Car pool. Yes we’ve been saying that for years but there are few other ways to save as good as this if you can figure it out. You’ll save on gas, car repairs and even get a few extra minutes of sleep if you’re the passenger.
If you have a Thrift Store in your town USE IT. If it’s well run you’ll be amazed at some of the great deals that you can find on clothes, home goods, toys, books and even furniture.
Want a bunch more tips? Here they are in no particular order.
- Make your own cleaning products from lemon juice and vinegar.
- Grow your own vegetables.
- Raise chickens for the eggs.
- Save greeting cards for tags next year.
- Refill your used ink cartridges.
- Shop locally.
- Turn your TV completely off if you’re not using it.
That should help you save all sorts of money this year. Good luck and come back soon for more!