If you’ve been a little bit frivolous with your money this year, you might already be thinking of becoming slightly more frugal in the future. If that’s the case, why not make it a commitment for 2017? Instead of setting resolutions that you struggle to stick to, just say to yourself that you’re going to do this one thing and see how you get on.
Saving money or being more economical doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, it can be fun and a lot easier than you think. Here are a few simple ways that you can be a bit more frugal over the next twelve months.
Grab A Bargain
One of the best ways you can start to save money in life is by using shopping discounts. Not only will you be able to save money when you shop, but you might even be able to shop a little smarter too. Look out for discounts before you buy. You can easily save money on items by following promotions or buying from a different store that has a good deal on. You might even save a significant amount at the end of the year, that you can spend on something special.
Buy In Bulk
If you have a big family, this idea is particularly useful. But it’s also a great frugal move for any family. Buying in bulk can save you money. If you buy things like toilet paper, dry goods, or even cleaning supplies on a regular basis, then it’s a good idea to buy in bulk. You pay more money upfront, but you save more in the long run, as the cost per item is typically much lower. Plus, if you use the items anyway, it’s never a bad idea to stock up.
A frugal favorite has always been couponing. You can use coupons in any way that suits you. You might choose only to clip every now and again, or you might buy all of your groceries with coupons. Either way, couponing can be a big money saver. It’s a good idea for when there are particular products that you always buy, or to save more money, you could always buy substitutes if you have a good coupon for them.
Make Your Meals Count
When you’re trying to be frugal with your money, it can be a good idea to team it up with your meals too. Saving money on your groceries and on food, in general, can be a good way to cut back. Start by buying ingredients that stretch. Plan your weekly meals so that you can use one purchase for a range of meals, like chicken breasts or a pack of vegetables. Then, you can make some set meals for that one week, and it will save you money.
Top Up Where You Can
And finally, in a frugal life, it can be beneficial to top up your money however you can. Alongside saving money, making more can help too. There is a range of jobs that you can now do online, like writing or even selling things. By looking into your options, you can make money using the skills you already have, without leaving your home!