- Carry a bottle of water with you when you go out, so you are less likely to buy an expensive drink.
- Try to avoid bulk buying food that is perishable, even if it is on sale. The most expensive food you buy is the food you throw out.
- Go vegetarian for a few days a week to save money on meal costs.
- Eat leftovers for lunch instead of buying more food.
- Switch to energy efficient light bulbs.
- Carry less money in your purse while you’re out and about – and try to leave your credit card at home if you aren’t planning on shopping.
- Throw a swap party with your friends. You can swap clothes, household items, vouchers – anything you can think of!
- Need something new? Consider buying a second hand version to save money.
- Don’t watch much TV? Consider getting rid of your TV license and replacing it with Netflix or Hulu.
- Only do full loads of laundry.
- Check your cell phone plan to see if you could move to a cheaper plan with less offers.
- Bike to your destination, instead of driving or getting the bus.
- Wash your car at home, instead of paying someone else to do it.
- Need to get a taxi? Make sure it’s an Uber as they are often more cost effective.
- Replace expensive cosmetic products with a drugstore brand.
- Work out at home or the park, instead of the gym to save money on membership fees. There are lots of Youtube tutorials to make sure you are still doing quality exercises.
- Stop collecting items, and start selling.
- Spend the night at home with your friends, instead of going out. You can still eat great food and drink delicious drinks!
- Repair old clothing instead of throwing it away and replacing it.
- Make four times as much stew or casserole when you are cooking. Freeze the extra so that you can have leftovers for lunch at work. This also means you have delicious meals ready at home, so you’re less likely to order take out.
- Stop using credit cards entirely.
- Do a price comparison for your local grocery stores to make sure you get the best deal.
- Cancel all of your membership cards that you don’t use.
- Wash your hands regularly. Being ill is expensive!
- De-clutter your home and sell the items that you don’t need.
Many people say that if they won the lottery, they would take all of their loved ones abroad. People love to treat the people they care about, and nothing is better than a big holiday together!
But what if you haven’t won the lottery? Most people can’t afford to spend lots of money on their friends, but they still want to show them that they are loved and appreciated.
Here are 12 more easy ways to show love without spending money.
1. Invite them out with your other friends. Everyone loves to feel included!
2. Send them a funny video on YouTube that you know will make them crack up.
3. Compliment something many people don’t acknowledge, like their impressive work ethic or ability to always be fair and reasonable.
4. Send them a picture of you two together so you can reminisce on the awesome memories.
5. Notice and congratulate them whenever they work hard for something.
6. Be there for them when they are upset or angry. Listen to them talk, and offer advice when they are ready.
7. Make them a home-made card and write a meaningful note inside. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t look amazing – it is the thought that counts, and it is likely that your friend will treasure it forever.
8. Ask them how they are every time you see them. Always take the time to listen to their answer, and look out for any signs that they may be having a tough day.
9. Ask how their big day went. Everyone has presentations, projects and deadlines, and some days are tougher than others. It always feels great to know that someone is silently supporting you when you having an eventful/hard day.
10. Bring their favorite snack whenever you meet up with them as a surprise.
11. Remember the little things that they tell you.
12. Tell them “I love you.”
Many people want to save a little extra money. It could be for Christmas, rent, a new car or a holiday. Saving may seem tough, but it is easy to save money every day by making a few small changes to your lifestyle.
Check out 4 unexpected ways you can save money without making huge changes to your lifestyle.
1. Carry a watch with you
Being a good time-keeper will save you money as it keeps you from being late, which results in people spending extra money on taxis and transport. A watch is better than your phone as the time is always visible, rather than being hidden away in your pocket. When you actually see time in front of you, you will become time-conscious and better at sticking to a schedule.
2. Always carry a bottle of water with you
Drinks from coffee shops and the mall are normally extremely overpriced, so carrying water around with you gives you a free alternative that is equally refreshing. This is also a great way to stop yourself falling into the habit of buying an overpriced drink every day.
3. Make your own lunch and snacks
Bread and sandwich fillings from the supermarket are reasonably priced. However, a pre-made sandwich from the same supermarket is likely to be overpriced and low in nutrition. Choose the cheap, healthy option by making your own snacks and lunch at home and taking out with you.
4. Start paying with cash instead of card
Many people pay on card because it is more continent than cash, but doing this can mean you actually end up spending more. Having real, physical money in your hand gives the money a sense of realness, whereas paying on card removes the feeling of loss. Try carrying $40 in your wallet with you as an alternative and see how much money you save!
Are you saving money? If you are, what are you saving up for? Let me know with a comment!