If you are new to saving money, budgeting and all round becoming more frugal it can seem over whelming. It shouldn’t be. Becoming frugal is easy – you can take your time and see what works for you. Here are 5 tips to start the frugal living journey and help you save money and save the environment too.
Meal planning is a great way to become frugal. It eliminates waste, and makes you organised so much less likely to grab take away after a hectic day. Organise each meal and shop accordingly. If you know what is ahead for the week, there is no need for ‘just in case’ items to drop into the trolley. It also makes preparation to make the meals easier. Thinking about it for 15 mins once a week is a lot easier than every night at 5 pm scrambling to make something or dashing to the shops.
Every last drop
By implementing the ‘every last drop’ mantra you will easily start saving. Cutting containers open to get out the last drop may seem extreme but once you do it a couple of times you will see how much is left behind and thrown away.
Avoid the shops
Shopping should not be a hobby. Once it becomes that it is a hard act to break. But avoiding the shops is a great way to kick start your frugal journey. I’m not against shopping and I understand why so many people go to the shops to ‘look around.’ But by not going you are not noticing whats new and what is on special. It cuts out any temptation. Not spending money is the best special around.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
By actively seeking out ways to follow the 3 R’s you will stop spending money. At first you probably won’t even notice but the better you get at reusing items the more money you save. It is a great habit to exercise and become more creative with the ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle.
Less is more
By adopting a minimalist lifestyle you’re not only saving money by buying less. You become more organised because you spend less time organising and tidying the excess stuff that never fit into your home. But you will also make money when you realise how much excess stuff you have and that you can sell for money. LESS STUFF = MORE MONEY + MORE TIME
Not all things are going to work for you. When starting your frugal living journey remember it will last (hopefully) a lifetime. Some things will be easy to embrace, others you would prefer to eat worms! But keep trying. It’s like exercise the more you do it the easier it becomes. The most important thing is NOT to give up! Keep trying see what works for your family. Frugal living does NOT mean you have to give up what you and your family enjoys. If fact it’s the opposite you are saving money on other areas so you know you can continue doing the things that are important.