I know there are a ton of blogs out there explaining how you can save money, but if you’re anything like me you want to know more! I want to know how I can save as much as I can to be able to have choices in my life. I do not want to live paycheck to paycheck with stresses of if I am going to be able to pay my mortgage or not.
- Buy a large water bottle and bring it EVERYWHERE! I used to buy bottled water for $5.00 for a case of 24 bottles. I usually drank about 3 water bottles a day which would make it so I had to buy a new case every 8 days. When I cut out the water bottle purchases I saved about $20.00 a month. (Of course when guests came over they would drink a few water bottles too!)
- Eat at home! I know eating at a restaurant helps to take your mind off of things, but it’s crazy how much it costs just to eat outside the house. If you want to get together with family or friends, invite them over for a nice meal. It’s more cost effective and healthier too! We even have a meal once a week with family so we travel to another relative’s house every other week.
- Make your own Coffee/Tea– This is a REALLY important one! I know as a millennial we absolutely LOVE our coffee shops, but it is crazy how much this adds up. If you are craving a latte, or a flavored drink, spend the $3.00 at your local grocery store to get a flavored creamer. Believe me, if you didn’t drink at a coffee shop for a whole month you would save about $125.00.
- Utilize resale shops. This is one of my favorite things to do now. I love finding something that is great quality for a quarter of the price it would be at a department/furniture store. My husband and I will go out to estate sales, garage sales, and resale shops to see what they have and how much the product is really worth. Most of the time we leave empty handed, but when we find that piece of furniture that fits our taste it is worth it.
- Wear your clothes until you can’t anymore. Believe me this one was tough for me. I feel whenever I would walk into a store I ALWAYS found something I NEEDED to have. It was extremely hard to tell myself I don’t need it right now. I had to avoid clothing stores altogether because it was that hard for me. Now I know how much I am saving and will wait to buy clothes on clearance for the next season (only when I really feel my outfits are out of date)
Well, there you have it. If you try these 5 simple steps for one month, please comment back and let me know how much you saved! Everyday that I save money, is another day of happiness for me.