8 Steps To Saving you Money
Frugal living is easier then you may think. By taking some small important steps, you will soon discover that you too can live a frugal lifestyle.
Some little tips to begin living a frugal lifestyle:
1. Start using your local library for your weekend entertainment. There you can receive new release movies, magazine subscriptions, and wonderful novels for absolutely no cost to you or your family. We have made it a habit of getting about 4 or 5 really great movies each week and then on weekends we can curl up with our popcorn and blankets and enjoy a movie at no cost to us.
This is what frugal living is all about!
The magazines we subscribe to are those such as Harrowsmith, Vegan Cooking and Healthy Living. This way we are saving lots of money monthly by getting a years subscription. A tip on the snacks for movie watching for frugal living is to buy the kernels and invest twenty dollars in a hot air popcorn machine and pop your own popcorn and cover with a dusting cinnamon and icing sugar. Melted butter drizzled over the popcorn is so good:) This is truly the cheapest snack we have found to have.
2. Plan your meals around what is on sale at your local grocery store. This can help you when beginning your frugal living journey. It’s really that simple. If a chicken is on sale, grab a jar of pasta sauce and make a chicken pasta dish for that week. Or if yams are on sale and grapes and oranges. Make sweet potato fries and a fruit salad for dessert. Using coupons is another awesome way to save a few bucks off your grocery bill each week. Try buying in bulk items such as rice in large bags and meat in large quantities.
3. Plan a large vegetable garden. Growing your own veggies is a wonderful way to begin living frugal and organically. We save our seeds from each year and this eliminates purchasing seeds each year to plant. We often buy heritage seeds as well as the produce tastes so much better We preserve and freeze excess vegetables during the growing season to use in the winter months when vegetables are more expensive to purchase. Farmers markets are a great place to go for fresh produce that is even less expensive then the stores. You can cut and freeze such vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers to use in soups, pasta dishes, stews and stir fry’s all year long.
4.Make your own cleaning supplies. It’s much less expensive to do this then to purchase them at the store. And a lot healthier as well. When doing laundry, use cold water as that cuts down on your electricity bill and of course using your cloths line is a free way to dry your clothes and they smell fresh and wonderful too.
5. Compare your mobile phone your satellite, Internet and telephone company bills monthly. They are constantly adding new promotions each month and won’t tell you about them unless you inquire. It’s worth the call as it can save you hundreds of money.
6. Compost all your vegetable, fruit peels and add in your coffee grinds as well. Composting allows you to have less garbage and also makes wonderful rich fertile soil that you can use to make your own hanging flower baskets in the summer with and to grow your veggies in your garden.
7. Keep a close watch on your electricity consumption. At our cottage we are solely on solar energy so therefore we become very aware when people leave lights on unnecessarily. Having solar power makes frugal living that much easier to do. Going around and turning switches off in your rooms will save you truckloads of money each year.
8. Make your next Christmas a frugal one. Our family have been having a second hand and handmade Christmas for the past three years. It’s wonderful fun as we all become very creative and inventive. We have a rule that you have to either make it or purchase it at a yard sale, second hand store or flea or antique market. This process makes gift giving and gift finding fun and exciting. And also allows us to really splurge on our family members as we get so much for so much less.
Whatever your decision is to start living frugally today, I can tell you it’s a lot more fun to shop and live when you are challenged by making frugal decisions along the way. Going out and finding that bargain is exciting and you tend to see it as an adventure rather then a bother. We stock up on all kinds of sale items and often spend hours in our local Salvation Army store getting a whole new wardrobe for under 10 dollars or finding that perfect birthday or Christmas gift for that special someone on your list.
Get the whole family involved and living frugallycan actually become very addictive at times. You are always looking out for bargains and sale items and find yourself getting excited on Saturday mornings in the summer when it’s time to visit your local yard sales again.
So get out there and become actively involved and enjoy a more frugal lifestyle! Watch your bank balance increase :):)
Discover how much fun backyard gardens can be. And the bonus to this hobby of yours is all the nutritious, delicious food you will yield each day and season.
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