We all want to have money and live frugally. It can be hard sometimes, but there seriously are simple ways you can save money and live a better life. It might take some time before these ideas become natural to you, but it is well worth it.
I know that when I have that extra money, I feel better and can save it for something that might be coming up in the future.
We have taken the plunge over the years to do all of these items I am about to share with you. It is not rocket science, but it really has helped us.
There are times when I HAVE to fight some of these mentally, but it’s okay to have a cheat day every now and then (especially on tip number two!).
With these six tips, I have been able to put aside money each month, adding up to at least $200! And these are simple things for you to do once you get a hang of it.
When you have this extra money, try putting it aside into another account (like a saving or checking) so it is like money being made. Creating a savings account is the first step in Seven Simple Steps to Financial Security When it’s in a separate account, you aren’t tempted spend it on something else.
The best way to start living frugal, is just make a plan of action and little by little you will see the money being cut back. Here are the top six things you can live frugal:
1 – Use Up Your Leftovers
With the holidays around the corner, the leftovers are the best. You can freeze them, make casseroles, or bring them to lunch for the week. Outside of the holidays, you can only use leftovers for a few days. It’s also important to make sure you meal prep so that you know what food choices there will be for leftovers. I typically make these leftovers into a tupperware container and label what they are, with the date, and arrange them in the freezer so that I can use it right when I pull it out. (I pull out frozen meals about one day before, typically the night before).
2 – Take Packed Lunches
We are on a health kick; we do not ever eat processed food. It just isn’t beneficial, and we don’t like how many calories the processed food contains. You can prep your food for the entire week so that you save money and eat healthier. It has been quite the change. The biggest issue is that we can get sick of making lunches, but I have to keep telling myself there are a few reasons why are we are doing this (health and money). This is probably the hardest one to adjust to.
3 – Make Decluttering a Habit
This step is one of my favorite activities to do, believe it or not. I get kicks usually quarterly to declutter, especially in the winter months. When I declutter, I get rid of everything. Tons of stuff that we don’t even use, some that have never been opened! I send the items off to goodwill or put it on facebook marketplace and make some money back. I usually do this quarterly so that way I can keep up with the task. It really allows us to get a good chunk of money back.
4 – Heat Your Home
I hate winter; I hate the cold. If you are in an area where you get cold winters, you know what I am talking about here. We know that our electric and gas bills shoot through the roof during this time. You can ask to be on a budget and only allow a set amount each month, but you can also dress warmer. Bundle up in the house with more blankets, hoodies, etc., and keep warm. These measures will save you a ton of money in the cold months. I make sure to also allow ‘free heat’ when we cook. Whenever I use the oven I let the hot air come out sometimes. I even use our fireplace during the cold months, so that it helps create memories with our family & keeps us warm!
5 – Cook in Bulk
This tip kind of goes along with numbers 1 & 2. I will make pulled pork or lasagna and create meals. Then, I go ahead and put them in the freezer since I know they will last. I can literally pull them out to fix them for dinner. We never can eat all the food, so it’s perfect for leftovers. I also like to make a ton of chili, sauce, meatballs and so much more. I put these in the freezer and pull them out if I have a busy day ahead where I don’t feel like I can get any cooking done!
6 – Turn Off the TV/Lights
This suggestion is one of my biggest pet peeves. Plus, it can truly save you money. Turn off the electronics, the lights, the tv, whatever. Unplug the cords from the walls if you aren’t using them. Allow table lights so that you don’t need to turn on a large light from the ceiling. You can even open the blinds/curtains during the day, trust me it really does make a difference.
Make sure that you do not over shop, and you eat the things that go bad. If it is about to go bad, see if it is one of the 35+ Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Freeze.
We use to buy fruits and vegetables and never eat them all. We just couldn’t get through the fresh ones fast enough. It literally costs us money. So we only buy a few a week now, so that we enjoy those and switch it up.
We have been able to save over $30/week just by doing this simple trick.
You can do it!
You can live frugally, trust me. You will find little ways.
These are just a few ways that you can live a better life and save money at the same time. What are some of your favorite ways to save money that isn’t on this list?
About the author
Susie Liberatore is a blogger, and influencer, who talks about all the things lifestyle, parenting, frugal, and deals. She wants other mothers to understand and live a great life just by having the right tools in front of them!