It is not about how much money you make but on how you save it. Nevertheless, finding ways to save money doesn’t have to require drastic modification. Small and simple steps can make a big difference.
If you want to stretch your budget a little further this week, or you want to save money to pay your other bills, these seven tips for seven days will help you pull in your horns.
Start by browsing online catalogue of your favorite supermarket so you can develop a meal plan on what is on sale. Then stick to your list and make sure you buy them all to avoid unnecessary return trips to the store, thus, saving money and time. It is also important to go to shopping after you have eaten because an empty stomach will lead you to buy more foods.
Another useful tip is scanning the top and bottom shelves, more expensive items are placed at eye level. Moreover, stock up items with a long shelf life that you regularly purchase when they go on sale, such as laundry detergent, bar soap, rice, condiments or pasta. Lastly, try to ask discount on food items that are near their sell date.
Make it a daily habit to turn off lights before living the house and unplug unused appliances from power outlet because they still gobble up energy. It’s better to use pressure cooker to cook food quickly. In addition, using a 1:1 solution of vinegar and water to clean glass and disinfect bathroom can replace your expensive cleansing agent.
Take a walk for short distance destinations. Leave your car in the garage today and commute by public transportation. It will save you from parking fees and gas.
Experts recommend to refuel your car early in the morning when the temperature is cooler, so the fuel is denser. (Source)
Take a pack lunch at work, it’s not only good for your wallet but on your health as well. It is advisable to carry a coffee in a flask to avoid being tempted from overpriced coffee shops.
FRIDAY: BEAUTY & PAMPERING
After shower, opt for towel-drying your hair instead of using energy-guzzling hair drier. Do not buy expensive shaving creams, a conditioner can be a best substitute.
Rather than splurging at the spa, use ingredients such as olive oil, honey or cinnamon that are readily available at home to have a do-it-yourself beautifying treatments.
SATURDAY: NO SPENDING DAY
Challenge yourself to have a “no single penny spent day” at leastonce a week and you would be surprised to keep a nice little stash of cash in your pocket. Staying at home is an extremely effective way of curbing impulse shopping and eating. You can entertain yourself from reading books or indulging into your favorite TV show. Lastly, go to bed tonight earlier than usual to save electricity and have an ample amount of rest.
SUNDAY: FAMILY DAY
Family bonding doesn’t necessarily mean heading out to the beach or movie theaters. Yes, you can do that once in a while, but frequent trips outside your abode spell disaster for your budget. Find ways to keep you and your family entertained even just staying at home. You can watch movies together, play games and eat a healthy and tasty meal.