I am all about making my life easier. About a month ago, after my Life and My Sanity post, I decided to buckle down and figure out all the ways I could actually do that. Not just one or two ways… I wanted ALL of them. Life was never intended to be as simple as a walk in the park but if I have the power to make it simpler, why wouldn’t I?
Among the things I wanted to start doing, the first was “save more money”. Now I’ve tried to do this before but there are so many resources out there on the internet, that I didn’t know where to start and said forget it. This time, I forced myself to sift through the information and incorporate it into my life. Thinking about going down the same path? You’ve got to start somewhere, and I want to help make your life easier by providing you with the things I found helpful all in one place.
DO IT YOURSELF! – There are a lot of things you pay money for that you can actually do at home yourself for a fraction of the cost! Many of them are simple things that take under 5 minutes and others require more time and focus. Once you open your eyes to the world of DIY and how much it saves you? You’ll never go back, I promise. From home decor to cleaning and beauty products, you can find some of my favorites pinned here.
Ditch the cable – When the Cool Dad and I first moved in together, we decided cable was not something we needed. But, we did not miss out. Streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu, had most of the shows and movies we loved for under $10 a month each. I don’t think we will have cable ever again, you just can’t beat that!
Don’t discriminate against store brands – The phrase, “you get what you pay for” is not necessarily always true. There are some things that I prefer to buy brand name because I’ve tried the store brands and they don’t compare. But store brand products like hairspray, canned foods, medications, baby wipes etc function exactly the same as brand name products for a lower price. Added up, the amount of money you can save each trip is amazing.
Couponing – Oh, the world of couponing. It seems so easy, and when you start reading the millions of how to’s, you realize it is easy… easy to get lost. I found the beginner’s guides that Thrifty Nomads and Katies Crochet Goodies wrote really helped me understand how it all worked and how much I could really save. They provide step by step instructions, and even link you to other great resources to get you started.
I don’t want to overwhelm you too much information, but I think I have given you a nice little introduction to the frugal lifestyle. Fair warning though; it is HIGHLY ADDICTIVE. What are you waiting for? Let the saving begin!