If you’re like me and new to living on your own and paying bills (so.many.bills.), you’ll try to find any way to save a penny. Below are some tips that I’ve found useful!
- Buy in bulk and then freeze – I’m a vegetarian, so when I entered the world of buying meat for my husband, I was appalled at how expensive it was! I ran into the problem of only needing a specific amount, but the bulk stuff being almost a dollar cheaper per pound. I quickly learned that you can buy the large quantity and then freeze portions in freezer bags. This works great for us and lasts for weeks!
- Don’t eat out (AND PACK YOUR LUNCH)– This can be harder for people who are used to eating out a lot. I’ve never been a big fast food or dinner out person, so this was pretty easy for me to cut out. You’ll be amazed how much money you save when you pack a lunch for work and make meals at home.
- Think on it – When you’re tempted to buy something, take a couple days to think about it. Chances are you’ll either forget about it, or realize you don’t need it.
- Want vs. Need – Another great way to determine whether to buy something is if it’s a want or a need. Set limits for yourself. Perhaps start with only allowing yourself to spent $50 a month on “wants”.
- Cut Back – Take a deeper look into your expenses. Are you paying $100 or more a month on TV? Do you need all of those channels? Do you need accounts with Netflix AND Hulu? What about Apple Music, are you using that? Chances are, there’s at least one thing you can cut back on.
Saving money can be tricky, but there’s always something you can do – you just need to get creative!