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Frugal living tips

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Maybe you’re trying to save for a magical holiday, pay off some debts, are spending more than you earn or are looking to build up some savings. Or maybe you’re just tight with money. Whatever your reasons for trying to save some cash, frugal living can definitely help. Like everything else in life, you get from it what you put in and frugal living doesn’t have to be depressing. Here are some tips to get you started.

Free your creative side

Many of us when we need something new we just go out and buy it. But what if you could make it yourself? New handbags or kids dressing up stuff can be easily fashioned from old clothes with just some basic online tutorials. You can even have a go at making your own furniture and décor. Homemade gifts are often more appreciated than tat bought from a shop and you can have fun making them.

DIY

Along the same lines is getting your hands dirty with DIY. Instead of paying a painter and decorator to come and do it for you, learn how to do it yourself. You’ll save a packet and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from having done a job on your own. Again, internet tutorials are your friend when it comes to smaller jobs such as fixing cupboards or mending a dripping tap.

Cancel your gym membership

Keeping fit and healthy is important but you don’t have to fork out on an expensive membership package to do it. Take up running or cycling and you’ll get the health benefits for free or sign up to an outdoor ‘boot camp’ type class, which is usually cheaper than a gym membership but still puts you through a tough workout. You’ll also make friends there and so will be less likely to skip it and their encouragement will help keep you motivated.

Drink water

Frugal living tipsWe all know we’re supposed to drink up to eight glasses of water each day but how many of us actually do? Rather than spending money on juices, pop and hot drinks replace them with water at home. Straight from the tap, water is a frugal way to stay hydrated and, as a bonus, doesn’t count towards your calorie intake for the day.

Stop impulse buying

Delete the Amazon and eBay apps from your phone and tablet and keep your cards out of reach so you don’t impulse buy online. If you struggle then ask your partner to change your Paypal password so you can only use it after asking for it. Then change it again. It’s become all too easy to buy items online and even if each item doesn’t cost much it all adds up. Rather than buying stuff on impulse, leave it in your wish list and consider it for a while before making the purchase. You might be surprised how much money you save on stuff you don’t actually need.

Bargain hunt

When you do need to make a significant purchase then scour the internet for the best prices. It’s also worth checking on Gumtree or Freecycle in case the item you need is being offered second hand at a great price – or even for free.

Buy quality stuff

It’s often tempting to opt for a cheaper version of what you need but by doing this you may actually be spending more money in the long run. Quality items should last longer meaning you don’t have to replace them so often. This goes for pretty much anything from clothing furniture and appliances.

Take your time

Suddenly adopting a frugal lifestyle can make you feel like you’re missing out or being hard on yourself. It also sets you up for failure. Instead of going cold turkey, start gradually. Add one or two elements of frugal living into your lifestyle every month and by the end of the year you’ll hardly notice you’re doing it.

 

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About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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