I’m definitely not a financial expert but I love learning about new ways to save money and live more frugally. Here are a few tips I’ve learned from my own experience:
- Eat Mostly at Home: My husband and I eat at home a lot more when we meal plan and make a trip to the grocery store during the weekend or at the beginning of the week. A lot of our meal ideas come from either The Pioneer Woman’s website or one of her cook books. She has tons of simple recipes that take hardly any time to make. When we have meals planned for the week, it is so much easier to eat at home instead of going out to eat. Making a grocery list before we shop, also helps us stick to buying the items we need and keeps our grocery bill low.
- Bring Your Lunch to Work: Packing a lunch for work each day can save so much money compared to going to eat every day. I usually try to set aside time during the weekend to chop up a bunch of fruit and veggies so they’re easy to grab when I need them. To go a step further, you could also prepare a batch of baked chicken or a big salad and then pack it for lunch throughout the week.
- Cut Electric Costs: Whenever we leave the house, we always try to make sure all the lights and fans are turned off. I also try to unplug appliances whenever they’re not in use. For example, I unplug the coffee maker every time I finish using it. This can be hard to get in the habit of doing at first, but becomes second nature once you’ve been doing it for awhile.
- Know When to Splurge and When to Save: I think it is so important to set aside money to save but also know when to treat yourself. If you eat at home the majority of the time, don’t feel bad about going out to eat every now and then. On the other hand, if you go out to eat almost every day, consider eating at home more often.
I hope these tips were helpful. If you have any money saving tips to share, be sure to leave a comment!