Are you frugal?
Are you trying to become more frugal? Saving for a trip? Trying to build wealth while on a tight budget? Here’s a few simple tips that could help you save a bit more.
Buy a lunch box and use it!
I recently calculated that my lunch box likely saves me around $2,000 or more dollars a year. Most of my coworkers eat out every day. However, I bring my lunch and eat at my desk or in our break room. And I save about $7-$10 every day by not eating out. After a while, those savings add up! Over the course of a year that’s saving $2,000 or more!
Disable/cancel subscriptions that you no longer use
This one is pretty simple, are there subscriptions that you no longer use? I cancelled my Amazon subscription because I realized I was using it less than it was worth. I purchased about 10 products in 2020 (despite ordering on it more often during Covid) which cost me about $12 per order for 2-day shipping. Typically, the cost of two-day shipping (although prices vary some) is about $10. So, for me personally, closing my amazon prime subscription made sense because I don’t shop on Amazon a whole lot. But for others, it can be an amazing deal. But do you have a gym membership you hardly ever use? Or a cable subscription? Go cancel it. And check out this reoccurring cost calculator to really understand how a monthly or yearly subscription can add up.
Get a library subscription!
Seriously, library subscriptions are completely free and you can rent out movies, books, and even attend classes or seminaries completely for free. The worst thing is you might have to pay a small late fee for forgetting to return your items. I’ve saved quite a bit of money by getting books that I wanted to read, but didn’t necessarily feel like owning from the library.
Focus on your priorities and financial goals first
If you don’t have a budget, you should get one, but assuming you do and have financial goals, considering your goals first before spending can help you make correct choices. Are you saving for a new car? Or trying to pay off your student debt? Make those a priority in your life, your spending should reflect those things.
Don’t wait till the last minute to plan things.
Waiting until the last minute often costs you a lot more money than planning ahead would, from airplane tickets to meal prepping. If you wait until the last minute to go buy Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve rather than buying them on discount when black Friday is happening.
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