Saving money is one of the hardest things to do in a consumer-driven society. The temptation of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” puts people to make decisions about their present instead of their future. Yes, you have traditional ways of saving like: a Savings Account, 401K, packing your lunch and eating in instead of out. But in this “microwave generation” people want to find quick and easier ways to save. Here are 7 ways to save money that are beneficial short and long term.
Rent a Movie
Instead of going to the movies, subscribe to Netflix or Redbox. They offer up to date movies selections with a valuable price on the pocket. This saves on the high cost of going to the movies, buying popcorn, candy and drinks.
When it’s cold outside layer up instead of turning on the heat. This will save on your electric bill and this money could be put into an account.
Limit Credit Use
Leave your credit card at home. If you don’t have the cash you will not be temtped to use credit and face the high interest rates and end up spending more than what you brought.
Use the tap instead of buying bottle water. Generations before us have been using tap water for years and many of us grew up on drinking tap water, therefore, nothing is wrong with tap. Plus there are ways to purify the water if you need that extra peace of mind
Be Mr. Fix-it
Learn “How to Do’s” at home. Youtube has become a phenomenal resource on how to guides for just about anything you can think of. You can find recipes, hair guides, nail guides, etc. this will save a lot of money going to the salon every two weeks.
Extreme coupon shopping may sound funny but you save so much money. Use coupons, grab your Sunday paper and start clipping. Look for deals at grocery stores and buy in bulk….sometimes you save more when you buy in bulk. Try shopping at farmers markets.
Dress for Less
Dress for Less-thrift stores, Marshalls and TJ Maxx have become places to find fashionable clothing and accessories for extremely low prices.
These are just some ways to save money. The important lesson to learn is saving begins. You have to have the common sense, determination and will power to want and start saving.