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how do frugal people save money on household expenses?
They live well on less. Choosing to live frugally and enjoying the simple things. Discover 21 money saving lessons from frugal people below.
Frugal people know a thing or two about saving money. Skipping out on extras and choosing to live below their means.
Living well on less – frugal living
Frugal living is about spending less than you make, saving money and enjoying the simple things. It’s about being smart with your money and not trying to “keep up”.
Frugal living is about all the little things adding up to be something huge. You can read about the 21 things we gave up to save over $1000 a month.
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21 Money Saving Lessons From Frugal People:
1. Figure out where all your hard earned money is going
Collect a weeks worth of receipts (a months would be better) and calculate where all your funds are going.
Then assess if you really need or want what you are buying. Decrease according to the amount of money you want to save.
2. Set up a budget
I know people run and hide when others say budget but they really do work and help you save money.
3. Stop trying to keep up
The Joneses are broke. Have you ever wondered how your neighbors are going on constant holidays and have all the toys you drool over? Can they afford it all? Or is it all on payments?
4. Learn the value of vintage
You can save a ton of money buying second hand goods. And I am not just talking clothing. Used vehicles, tools, home decor and more.
5. Is your coffee habit killing your budget?
Skip the drive thru and bring your coffee from home in a reusable stainless steel coffee mug.
6. Get organized
When you know where things are you save both time and money. Knowing what bills are due when saves you late fees.
7. Purchase appliances that will save you time and money
Life is busy, don’t make it more complicated. Invest in an Instant Pot or slow cooker to assist you at meal time.
8. Simple but effective
Turn off and unplug electrical items you are not using. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
9. Do not fear the “what’s for dinner” question
Invest in a meal plan that makes you want to cook. Home cooking is so much better than take out.
10. Turn it down
Wash your clothing in cold water. Turn down the thermostat and grab a blanket.
11. Find a happy balance
In your home temperature and invest in a thermostat lock box.
12. Plan a no spend day or weekend
Work all your daily activities around spending little or no money. Free entertainment, family fun nights and home cooking. No spend weekends.
13. DIY it all
Learn to do it yourself. Make your own gifts. Do your own repairs.
14. Swap up and save
Swap babysitting with a friend. Borrow tools from your neighbor instead of buying.
15. Grow your own food
Even if it just salad greens, herbs and tomatoes.
16. Down size
Do you really need all the stuff you have? What about your home, could down sizing save you money?
17. Stop buying bottles of water
Most bottles of water run approximately $2.75 with it only costing the provider maybe $0.25 to produce. Purchase a reusable stainless steel water bottle and refill it as you go.
18. Learn to be happy with what you have
Stop chasing the grass on the other side of the fence.
19. Celebrate your small wins
Paying down debt is a long journey that needs encouragement.
20. Enjoy a cheap date
Instead of breaking the bank with dinner, dessert and a movie or concert tickets. Plan a cheap date night.
21. Learn from the others that have gone before you
What great ways did your grandparents have to save money? Frugal lessons from thrifty people.
More than a million ways to save money
Everyone’s situation is different. What you’re willing to cut from your budget maybe different than what others may be willing to decrease. Living frugally is a choice and a journey.
You need to try and see what works. Try one or more of the tips above and see how much you save. It is all about making smart choices with your money.
Updated March 3, 2020