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I’m forever trying my best to be frugal so it made sense to write this blog post all about the ways I am frugal living. These frugal living tips are just a guide and I hope they help you to save money.
My idea behind frugal living isn’t to be frugal for the sake of it. It’s about living a smarter life by paying less for things and putting that money towards things that I really want. These 20 frugal living tips are super easy and may seem like common sense. However, they are more about changing your spending habits and making that new habit stick. They can make a huge difference too so you can free up your cash to use it for whatever you want.
Meal Planning is one of the ways that you can save a lot of money. Of course it will take you a little longer when you start out but once you get the hang of it, it will become second nature. After all frugal living is about doing the things that save you money. You can head over to my blog post on Hacks to Save Money on Groceries to find out the ins and outs of money saving on groceries.
Packed Lunches for Work
Spending money on pre-packaged sandwiches, drinks, coffee all adds up. I am now buying salad and vegetables in the reduced section of the supermarket and either making soup that can be put in the freezer or making salads for work. This is my top frugal tip for saving money. Each week I spend on average about £2 on lunches for the week. That can go down to as low as 50p if I manage to get vegetables to make soup for the week!
Switch Utility Services
You can save hundreds just by switching your electricity, gas and broadband providers. I know it can take a few hours to research everything and get it switched but this time is definitely worth it and will save you money in the long run.
Shop Out Of Season
This is a no-brainer to me. If you need winter boots, buy them in the summer when winter stock has been reduced. Same goes for summer items, buy them in the winter when shops are having a clear out to make way for new stock. This is counter intuitive but well worth it. With a little planning you can knock hundreds off clothing and footwear.
Shop In Season
Conversely for food shopping, it is best to shop in season. This great frugal living tip is a must. For example, during the autumn and winter months only purchase brassicas or root vegetables. In summer, berries and beans are the order of the day. Not only will you save money, you are also saving the environment by purchasing produce that is grown within your own climate.
Pay Bills on Time
Frugal living can help in so many ways and that goes for paying bills. There are times when we are charged late fees. To avoid this, set a reminder for when you need to pay your bill. If you know there is a large bill due at a certain time of year, put a few pound away each month for it.
It is my dream to have a home that has a place for everything and everything in its place! Having said that, I do try and declutter every other month and go through everyone’s wardrobe and sell unwanted items on Ebay. Try and make decluttering one of your frugal living tips that will help you.
Of course you don’t have to do all rooms in the one day. Break it down in to small chunks and work your way through it. A tidy and uncluttered home and making money – a perfect combination.
8. Walk to Work
This is something that I have been doing for 5 weeks now. I walk part of the way home. This cuts out the cost of a bus fare for me. It also means I fit exercise in to my routine, keep fit and am starting to lose weight.
This is one frugal living tip that I truly love. I am saving money, saving the environment and saving my health!
9. Try Second Hand
Growing up my sons seemed to need shoes every other week. It was getting out of hand. I started using charity and thrift shops to keep the costs down. You can get some great bargains for buying second hand. Some even have tags still on them – never worn. Just check your local area for charity or thrift shops and go visit to see how much you could save.
Overhaul your Beauty Regime
I recently discovered coconut oil after reading this post on 8 Genius Ways Coconut Oil can help with your beauty regime. I am now a follower off all things coconut in terms of my beauty regime. It does so much and costs very little. It replaces so many things for me. This is a great frugal living tip that will have you looking and smelling wonderful.
What other frugal living tips can you think of? I’d love to hear from you.
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