5 EVERYDAY SAVING TIPS
It’s amazing how fast the time flies past… it’s often even more amazing how fast money leaves our bank account after it’s been deposited! The prices of basic necessities and transport have risen considerably and it’s no wonder we’re often left feeling that we need to keep pulling our purse strings tighter.
Well, as is custom, I have 5 Fresh Saving tips for you again! There are so many ways that we can creatively save money by changing certain habits and behaviours around our money.
Check out these 5 fresh saving tips and see how you can start to save, even more, today!
1. PLAN YOUR MEALS AROUND YOUR GROCERY STORE’S FLYER
Instead of just planning your meals based on a cookbook or whatever you can dream up, plan all your meals around what’s on sale in your grocery store’s flyer. Look at the biggest sales, then plan meals based on those ingredients and what you have on hand, and you’ll find yourself with a much smaller food bill than you’re used to. Pick ‘n Pay and Woolies run specials all the time and these often included specific meal combinations that are really well priced.
2. DO A PRICE COMPARISON AND BUY THE CHEAPEST ITEMS AT THE BEST STORE
Most of us get in a routine of shopping at the same grocery store, even though quite often it’s not the one that offers the best deals on our most common purchases.
Fortunately, there’s a simple way to find the cheapest store around. Just keep track of the twenty or so things you buy most often, then shop for these items at a variety of stores. If you shop at a mall that has a Woolies and a Pick ‘n Pay, you can buy the best priced items at each and save!
3. BAKE YOUR OWN PASTRIES
Before I tried it myself, I thought homemade bread making was complicated and a waste of time and money. I came to find out that it was pretty easy and it was actually much cheaper, healthier, and tastier than buying a loaf from the store.
Now, we rarely ever buy bread products at the store – and we save money by making that choice. Muffin and cake mixes are also much cheaper than buying them yourself.
4. DON’T SPEND MONEY JUST TO DE-STRESS
Quite often, I used to spend money just to wind down from a stressful day at work. Instead, I’ve found that I quite often feel much better by going home and taking some quiet time just to stretch and then meditate.
I end up feeling energised, happy, and ready to face an evening with the family in the right mindset than I ever would by just blowing some cash after work. Instead of spending to de-stress, try some basic meditation techniques, stretching, or yoga and see how you feel! Even a walk with your partner around the block can do wonders – and try not to talk about work!
5. TALK TO YOUR LOVED ONES ABOUT WHAT YOUR DREAMS ARE
This seems like an odd way to save money, but think about it. If you spend time with the people you love the most and come to some consensus about your dreams, it becomes easy for you all to plan for it. If you’re all planning and working together towards this dream, it becomes easier to stay focused on it and reach it.
Set a big, audacious goal together and encourage each other to be financially fit – soon, you’ll find you’re doing it naturally and your dreams are coming closer than ever.
Howzat! That’s the freshest five saving tips for July!