8 tips to live a frugal family life
Money comes in, money goes out. Sometimes, money disappears quicker than it appears. These days, it seems so hard to save with prices for everything on the rise.
Making the decision to live frugally means a fairly large lifestyle change. It doesn’t mean giving up things, just cutting back and living a bit more simply. In the end, it’s liberating to find a small chunk of change left in your bank account at the end of the month, though. And that makes it worthwhile.
Here are some beginner tips to living a frugal family life:
Get your library card. Use it to rent movies and books. Seriously. It’s free. Unless you get late fees, of course.
Cook more. The average person spends approximately $2000 annually by dining out. A family of four, close to $10,000 a year. That’s a lot of money saved simply by cooking meals.
Pay bills online. It’s not that you’ll save money by paying your bills online but you’ll save on late fees.
Unplug. It costs money to keep appliances going. Nightly, unplug unused appliances. Also, unplug them during the day when not being used. Microwaves, coffeemakers, televisions…unplug them.
Buy “used” before “new”. Many household items really don’t need to be bought new. Gently used or used in good condition work just as well. And really, if you think about it, your brand new items becomes a gently used item the moment after you open the box. Also, consider shopping at outlet stores like Sears Outlet where you can find large and small appliances for a fraction of the cost.
Free entertainment. The library, your community rec center, local colleges or just a quick Internet search are all great resources to help find things to do in your area that are free or of very little cost.
Homemade or DIY. Sounds scary? It’s easier than you would think. Tutorials can be found on YouTube for basically anything you need. Also, Pinterest has some great DIY tutorials for DIY projects. As for homemade? Consider making all your cleaning solutions yourself. Everything from toothpaste to clothing detergent “recipes” can be found with a simple search on Google!
Coupons are your friends. Cut coupons every Sunday. Put them in a coupon holder and take them with you when you shop. Thousands of people are saving thousands of dollars annually simply by using coupons.
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