If you are struggling every month to make ends meet and you do not know how you are going
to be able to pay for food, bills, and any other debts you have, then you are in need of some
good advice on how to start living frugally. It doesn’t take much to start with simple changes,
so hopefully these three simple tips will help get you started on the right foot.
Walk more, or use public transportation (but only when really necessary.) Do you
really need a car to get to where you need to go? If you have to go somewhere close to
your home or even close to work, then you can easily walk or ride a bike, and, for longer
journeys, you can use public transportation. Or how about carpooling? Besides saving
yourself some costly gas money, you will help the environment by reducing pollution too.
Not to mention that walking, jogging, or even riding a bike are great ways to exercise!
Therefore, you could even reduce your costs by not buying a gym membership, which is
also a great way to save even more money!
Do things on your own. Why go to the hairdresser’s when you can cut your own hair,
or ask a family member or friend to do it for you? I have a friend that has a certificate
in Cosmetology, and she will cut and color my hair for free! I know from time to time
places like JCPenney will even offer monthly specials where your kids can get their hair
cuts for free on Sundays. So keep your eyes open for deals like that. Why buy expensive
microwave food or go out to eat at restaurants when there are so many healthy meals you
can cook yourself with next to nothing ingredients? Not only that, you can buy most of
the items you need cheaper when you learn how to coupon. I’m sure you can find several
FREE kindle books on do-it-yourself projects, frugal recipes, or perhaps you may know
friends and family who can help you out with a specific project when you need help.
Plan ahead. You can make a 30-day spending plan and you will see how much it will
help you save money! Even just creating a shopping list before you go shopping for will
go a long way. Just remember to stick with your list! If you’re not big on couponing or if
you’re still learning, you could start slow by price matching ads at Walmart. It will save
you from making multiple trips, and you’ll still take advantage of a good store deal. It is
also important not to go shopping when you are hungry, because you will feel the impulse
to buy lots of things you do not really need. Do your research ahead and look for online
deals, shopping with coupons, etc.
These are only a few simple tips, but, simple as they are, they can help you start living