Living Frugally without Sacrificing
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Living Frugally without Sacrificing

Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 at 8:12 am
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With the current state of the economy, many of us are looking for ways to cut back on our spending. However, you don’t have to sacrifice things you love to live frugally, in fact living frugally can be a lot of fun when you score a really good deal or save a big chunk of money on something you need, or even something you just want. So, here are some suggestions to help you live frugally without sacrificing.

  • First, set a budget for the things you need: groceries, gas, personal items, bills, etcetera.
  • Now you can set a budget for the things you want: new shoes, eating out, going to the movies, etcetera.
  • Always look around for used items first. Not only will you save money when you buy used, but you just might find you have a lot of fun searching. Also, you might find things you wouldn’t find new in the store or you might end up with some enjoyable do it yourself projects. Some good places to find used items include Craigslist, Ebay, thrift stores, garage sales, your friends and families attics, and flea markets.
  • Always check for coupons before you make a purchase. You can find coupons for all different things: groceries, clothes, shoesfurniture, pet supplies, printable coupons, coupon codes, you name it! However, don’t make a purchase just because you have a coupon for it. Instead, look for coupons for what you already plan to buy. By utilizing coupons, you can buy things you need and want for less – thus, living frugally without sacrificing!
  • Practice frugal gifting. Instead of spending a lot of money on gifts that may end up stored away or at the next garage sale, make your own gifts. You can make your own gifts for as little as pennies. You can even reuse things around the house to create fun personalized gifts. Get a group of friends together for a craft day to make holidays gifts!
  • DIY. Do it yourself projects can actually be a lot of fun and save a lot of money. For example, if you see an old chair in need of a little TLC for a good price, go ahead and pick it up and refinish it yourself.
  • Eat out less. Rather than spending money on eating out all the time, get your family involved in cooking. If you eat out often, start by cutting back to once a week or every other week – you’ll find you save a lot of money.
  • Only buy essential foods. That is, don’t buy a lot of food you don’t actually need (but still treat yourself once in a while). Drinking water will also help you save money, and it’s good for your well-being!

 

By living a frugal lifestyle, you can put your savings to use on anything you want – a night out on the town, a savings fund, those designer jeans you’ve been eyeing for months. Reward yourself for your hard work once in a while and you’ll find living frugally to be very rewarding!

 

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.