If you’re new to saving money, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed or unsure of yourself. Don’t be because living frugally and saving is something that everyone can do even if they never have before. You will need to prepare yourself for one thing though: not spending as much money as you have been. Sounds simple, right? Not always so if your financial willpower isn’t as strong as you would like it to be, work on building it up. It’s true that there are savings tips that are for the extreme frugal only, but that doesn’t mean that a new saver can’t get into the game either! These 7 fun and realistic ways to save money that you should try out!
7 Realistic Ways To Save Money
Put your lights on a timer – If your lights are frequently left on when no one is in the room, start putting them on a timer can help save significantly on your electric bill. Plus, you have the added benefit of setting it up once and forgetting it! What could be easier?
Add a water bottle to the back of your toilet – Your toilet uses a ton of water to flush. In fact, it uses more than it needs meaning that you are literally sending your money down the drain. You can help cut your water bill by putting a bottle of water full of sand or rocks in your toilet tank. It will help displace the water meaning it uses less to reach the full line. Just be sure that your bottle actually sinks and doesn’t float or else it could get caught and keep your toilet running all of the time (costing you more).
Clip coupons – If you’re not already clipping coupons, you should be. They can help you save significantly on everything from dog food to toilet paper and more. You don’t need to take it to an extreme, but starting using a few at a time won’t do anything but save you money.
Drop your data amount – How much data do you have on your phone? Chances are that you’re paying for much more than you need and if so, you’re wasting money. Check to see if you are using all of the data you pay for. If not, lower your budget to the amount that you need. If yes, see if there is anything you can do to lower the amount that you’re using. Set an Internet usage goal and strictly follow it. If you really want to save, check out Republic Wireless. They use wi-fi for calling and data and the average bill is only $15.00 per month!
Get rid of cable – It is cliché, but you really are paying too much for cable. Instead, drop the monthly services and switch to Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus or Netflix. You’ll pay significantly less even if you go with all three together than you will by keeping cable.
Plan a menu each month – If you’re not currently menu planning, you should consider starting. Not only can it save you time, but it can also save you big on your grocery bill in a month. You don’t have to plan every meal if you don’t want to, but doing at least dinner will help. Also, avoid online shopping as you end up impulse buying.
Keep the tires aired on your car – Did you know that having under-inflated tires on your car can actually affect how your gas mileage? Making sure your tires are inflated to the proper weight will help your car get better mileage and in turn, save you money at the pump.
Saving money doesn’t have to be a hard financial obligation. You just need to set a spending goal, budget appropriately and get started. Absolutely anyone can do these 7 tips so if you’re not doing them? What is your excuse?
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