Here are some ways I've learned to save money and live a more simplified life.
Save on Gas & Car Repairs
- Group weekly errands together in one trip
- Ask if you can telecommute to work
- Use the public transportation system
Save on the Food Bill
- Eat more beans and rice
- Don't purchase processed food or snacks
- Don't buy alcohol or specialty drinks
- Don't buy meat every week or buy in smaller portions
- Don't buy dessert items
- Focus on fruit and vegetables
- Buy your staples in the bulk section: rice, salt, beans, nuts, etc.
- Eliminate buying unnecessary paper products
- Replace sponges with dishrags you can wash and reuse
- Buy only the food you need for one week and stick to your budget
Conserve on Utilities
- Wash your hair less and take shorter showers
- Turn the heat or air conditioning down to the minimum (endure the elements)
- Go without fans and learn to love your sweat
- Use only the lights you need
- Get rid of expensive cell phone plans or bundled telecommunication packages
- Dump your cable TV
Cheap Sources of Entertainment
- Hiking or walking
- Take out books and DVDs from the library
- Listen to music for free on Pandora or Youtube
- Go to matinee movies
- Familiarize yourself with the best local Happy Hour places in town
- Put on potluck parties
- Play board games with friends or family
- Give up your gym membership and run outside instead
- Feed the birds
- Gaze at the stars
- Camp instead of staying at a hotel
- Make homemade gifts
- Look for coupons on Dealchicken, Groupon, or Living Social
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Do I need really need that?
- What can I substitute?
- What can I go without?
- What can I do with less of?
- Can I cut this item in half and share it with someone else?
- Can I reduce the number of times I purchase a favorite item?