Being frugal, minimal, or however you’d like to call it, is more than saving a buck or two – it’s about living a life that takes more pride in moments than purchases, a life that is within means and is kind, it’s a beautiful way to live.
Living totally frugally may not be for everyone, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few simple ways to add a bit more frugality into your life so that you can spend less and live more. Here are five easy to follow frugal living tips and ideas to help you get started.
So here are five ways that you can easily add some frugal lifestyle tips into your day to day.
1. If you know you are only going to need an item for a short amount of time, buy it used or rent it instead of buying:
Places like Rent The Runway are great for special occasions where you don’t want to spend hundred of dollars on a dress you’ll only wear once and stores like Goodwill are perfect for buying used baby products. Because honestly, kids grow out of clothes after wearing them only three or four times.
2. Buy one less take out meal a week:
Even cutting down by one meal, or a few Starbucks coffee trips a week, can make a big difference in the long run. Those $2 here or there can zap away your money without you even realizing it. This frugal tip doesn’t only help you live more within your means, it can up your savings account!
3. Substitute one fitness class a week for a community class:
There is a surprising amount of free community fitness classes available in all cities. Turn to Google to find free programs near you and take part! A few blocks near my house, for example, is a great running club. It helps you expand your friends circle and can save you up to $30 a week, depending on the types of classes you usually frequent.
4. Bring your own bags when you shop:
This is an easy frugal living tip! Sure, each bag generally costs a dollar or more, but how much I’ve saved at stores like Target (where you get a $0.05 credit for each bag you use) really helps over the course of a year. Plus, it’s so bad for the environment to keep using those plastic bags.
5. Stop buying microwave popcorn:
Trust me, popping your own popcorn is the best snack you’ll ever have. You can spend less than $10 and have popcorn almost every day for a month, meanwhile a convenience microwave popcorn kit comes with only 3 or 4 bags for up to $5 (depending on brand). Home cooked popcorn tastes better, saves you much more, and is also better for the environment. Give it a try.
So there you have it, five easy to implement frugal living tips and ideas that will save you some money in the long run and help the world around you.
Remember, being frugal means different things to different people. Find the right balance for you and it will enrich your life in many ways.