At the end of this year you can have a fatter bank account than you have now by implementing just a few easy frugal-living savings tips.
1. Set a savings goal says MoneyTalksNews. This needs to be a specific amount that you plan to save by a specific date.
2. Treat your savings goal like a bill. Take out a specific amount that you have to pay to yourself every single month.
*Remember: Your goal doesn't have to be huge. If you want to be $1,000 richer, just save $20 a week or $2.75-$3 a day.
One of the most asked questions is, 'where do I find this extra money?', the answer is simple. Just look where you are spending right now and make more frugal choices, or cut out the indulgence all-together.
3. Be sure and keep track of how much you have saved. Not only is this encouraging, but this helps saving become a habit instead of a hassle.
Make this a year of firsts (if you are not completely on the 'frugal living' train)
Make this the year you start using coupons. Save the sale papers from supermarkets near you and ask if there is a phone app connected with each store. A day of investigation can save you thousands over the year and for the rest of your life.
Make this the year you commit to 'brown-bagging-it'. With the wonderful assortment of lunch boxes and insulated bags out there, you never have to eat cold soup or cold coffee or tea. Invest smart and enjoy eating a lunch that you prepared yourself. Not only will you feel great about yourself for it, but your wallet will say thank you for a very long time. Eating out is probably one of the most expensive “needs” we accommodate. Forgo dining-in and eat on the patio with your co-workers or friends. Smile when they fork over the cash and you get to keep yours.
Go for it mothers. If you have been struggling with the idea of whether to stay home with the new baby or to go back to work, you actually can save by staying home in most cases. You will save on clothes, food, gas, time, second sets of baby things and doctor bills from the stress it brings because of being away from your new child. You can gain so much emotionally for you and your child by making a decision like this. It is a trade-off though. As part of your trade-off you must implement frugal living practices that will usually far out-profit the job in the end. This works if your values do not include new “things” all the time. *Note: Each family's needs and values are different. This needs to be a decision that fits with your family and is unanimously agreed upon.
Carpooling is another thing you can do. Again, this is a personal decision. It can cause more stress than it is worth if the conditions are not right, but if it is suitable, give it a try. It can save you a ton of money as long as your carpooling partner is honest.
These are just a few ideas to get you on a path to saving yourself time, stress and money this year.
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