I think we all need reminders now and then to get us back on track with our finances. It is easy to get out of the habit of watching our pennies. I have a bunch of tips written down - so this will be a 2 part refresher!
Hope you find something to use or remember to use!
- Freeze those charge cards - literally! If you tend to over use - just hide in the freezer. Make it difficult to get to and use. Now you can be responsible with CC's - pay off each month and do not pay interest. Have a card that gives you points for purchases and use those points to get goods or Gift Cards. That is responsible.
- Garden when and if you can. Even if it is a little bit in a pot on the patio. Everything you grow is cheaper and better for you. Think about a fall garden as your summer garden starts to come to an end. There are lots of cool weather crops that can be planted later on.
- Go meatless on meals one or two days a week. Meat is probably our most expensive grocery item. It isn't necessary every day. Also eat smaller portions. Use as a side - not a main course!!!
- Turn down the heat or turn up the AC. Put on or wear less clothes. Energy can be a budget buster
- Pay ALL bills on time!!!! Avoid extra fees at all costs
- Ask for gifts or give gifts that are practical. Gift cards or food. People can buy what they need - not what you THINK they need! I love getting cards to grocery stores or food places. Homemade foods and goodies are great. Everyone has to eat!
- Have NO SPEND weeks. Just stay home and don't spend. It is not mandatory that you shop weekly!
- If you live in a dry area or drought area or just need to save on water - use bath water for the garden! Keep a bucket in the shower and use that water that would just go down the drain. Bath water is still water and it will work perfectly on your plants of all kinds!!!!!
- Cook from home and eat simply and use basic ingredients. Stop the morning coffee runs or lunches and dinners out. You would be amazed how much you end up spending over a year. Simple ingredients can make wonderful meals and you don't have to be a master chef to eat good meal at home
- Drink water or make tea or Kool-Aid. No need for store bought drinks
- Don't pay full price for anything. Go to cheaper stores like Aldi, look for clearance and markdowns, buy in season. Barter with others. Shop yard sales. Look for deals wherever you can find them!!
- Plan your trips and errands to make the most of your fuel. Don't just go driving around all willy-nilly - PLAN
- Do not buy on impulse!!!! Think things over, especially before spending a lot of money or purchasing a large item. Odds are you will talk yourself out of the purchase. Always sleep on it!!!
- Reduce, reuse and recycle - this is essential to saving funds. Find new uses for things. We all have too much and we all have things we don't need. Many items can be used for a bunch of things - just in a different way. GET CREATIVE
- If out running errands - take your own drinks or snacks. That can save a lot of funds
- Use leftovers!!!!!! Use for breakfast or lunch or make into something new. Just don't waste. Have a meal that is a 'clean out the frig' meal - use up all those bits and bobs. Make soup with all those odds and ends or a casserole. So many ways to extend your food. Every time I have to throw something out - I stop and think about others who are hungry!!!! It sure makes you re-evaluate your waste.
I will do part 2 on Thursday. We all need to be reminded of how we waste time, money and goods from time to time. We are ALL guilty of it!
We all have hard earned funds or limited incomes and need to make the most of our dollars. We need to really think before spending.
Take time to rethink your habits. Do whatever you can to conserve. That my friends is simply being a GOOD STEWARD of what you have.
What have you done this week to NOT waste?