For many, the term “budgeting” can seem overwhelming and impossible. But the key to save money is to make smaller lifestyle changes on your necessities, rather than a complete overhaul to your budget and your spending habits. Cutting down on spending is hard work, but with some dedication and perseverance, you’ll be able to save for your future faster and with ease. Here are some helpful tips.
Turn off and tone down your electronics to save money.
We’re not saying to go completely off the grid when it comes to technology, but to limit your intake. A big way to save money on your necessities is to drastically cut down the amount of television you watch, videos you stream, and data you use. It’s true that staying connected is so important nowadays during the pandemic, but you may be paying for things you don’t need when it comes to your electronic bills.
For example, turn off your television when you are working or having a conversation with someone — you’ll still be paying for electricity even when you’re not actively watching something. Or, when it comes to your cellphone, look into your bill for any charges that you can stop or modify. You may be paying for extra data you don’t use, or you may be paying for overages that can be eliminated by upgrading to an unlimited plan.
Look for discounts on prescriptions.
Just because your prescriptions are for medical use, does not mean you have to pay an arm and a leg for treatment! There are plenty of ways to save on your prescription drugs at your local pharmacy by using drug discount cards. These cards help offset the sometimes staggering costs of medically necessary drugs — after all, if you are paying full price for your prescriptions, you are paying too much! Save money by using coupons to decrease the medication price, and use the money you save to go towards your other bills.
Save money by only purchasing during sale periods.
There will almost always be a sale to be found, so it’s silly to pay full price for something, unless there’s a good reason for it. Plus, there are times around the year when you can snag certain seasonal deals. Before you shop, only consider making a big purchase around a holiday or sale, and consider stocking up for next year’s closet by buying items at the end of the season. So for example, it’ll be easy to snag a lot of cheap summer clothes, like petite dresses, shorts, and capris at deep discounts around Labor Day, or Christmas decor around New Year’s.
Plan your grocery shopping.
People advise you to never go food shopping when you are hungry, and this is so true! When you are shopping hungry, it’ll be easier to buy more expensive, impulse purchases. Bypass this by planning what groceries you need for every meal in the week. Consider buying in bulk and choosing to cook larger meals so you can benefit from the leftovers. Meal planning can be a powerful tool when it comes to budgeting, so take time out of your week to sit down, look in your cupboards and plan every meal depending on what you already have and only buy a few items. And stick to your list!
Invest in a programmable thermostat.
You may be spending more on your heating and cooling costs than necessary. A programmable thermostat can help to heat or cool your home only when you need it, such as when you are awake. There’s no need to have your HVAC on when you are sleeping or away from the home as all of this unnecessary usage adds up over time.
With these few tips and tricks under your belt, you will find that you’ll be saving more on your everyday necessities in no time at all.