There are many ways you can be frugal and still enjoy life. You don’t have to be a cheapskate which is different than being frugal. Being frugal is living within your means.
Frugal Living Tips
If you haven’t seen the TV show Extreme Couponing, you’re not really missing much. As the name of the show indicates, extreme is what these people do on the show. They don’t redeem several coupons during a grocery shopping trip, they redeem many. Some shopping trips take three hours…now that’s extreme! How they get it all home in one trip? I guess a very big car.
I don’t expect anyone to have that much time on their hands to make it a full-time job couponing because that is exactly what it is. Clipping coupons is a great way to save on everything and anything. Even if you have a coupon for 50 cents off, that’s better than paying full price in my books and that’s a bonus in my house.
The downside to couponing is buying something you don’t necessarily need. Only use coupons for purchases you use regularly.
Gym memberships can be costly, but you don’t need one to stay fit. Go to your community center or the YMCA. You can bike, walk, run, hike, swim, skip, use your stairs at home, do yoga, and buy fitness DVDs etc. You can buy second-hand exercise equipment like dumbbells. You can also go to Craigslist, Freecycle.org or other thrift shops to buy home equipment. When it’s nice out, you can use the kid’s playground to work out.
When it comes to buying meats, buy the family size packs. This way you can have at least four meals. Sometimes shopping at Costco or Sam’s Club is more cost-effective than buying from a regular grocery shop that has family size packs.
Shorter hair has more maintenance than long hair. You can do more with longer hair and it doesn’t look too bad once it gets out of shape. Short styles need to be cut more often so keep that in mind when it comes to choosing a hair style. If you can cut your own hair, that’s even a bigger bonus.
It’s nice to eat out occasionally and eating out every week adds up. Limit eating out and try to make it a habit to look for coupons or other savings before you do choose to eat out.
Use your credit cards for emergencies only. If you don’t have the cash to pay for it, then you can’t afford it.
If don’t mind slightly worn clothes, you can try consignment stores. Always be on the look out for sales at shopping malls. You can find sales at the end of a season or at the end of the year. They are also great deals shopping online too, but be aware of the shipping costs.
Deal with and fix anything in your home immediately. Leaving things broken can only lead to bigger problems which mean you may not be able to repair it yourself.
Therefore if you have been unfaithful in the use of worldly wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? – Luke 16:11
What do you do to save money?
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