I’ve slowly taught myself a few tricks over this past year to save up as much as I can without even changing my life around that much at all.
You don’t need the latest fashion trends because when you’re in the outback in Australia, or in the jungle in Thailand, you really aren’t going to give a sh*t what you look like. And neither will anyone else.
In an effort to live as minimally and stress free as possible, I have begun focusing on quality over quantity, purging what I don’t need and only buying things when I need them, yet I still have failed sticking to a budget.
Here’s my challenge to you: this weekend, spend no money. That’s right – I challenge you to spend No. Money. At. All.*
It’s important to develop good financial habits from an early age, especially if you’ve just moved out of home and have started living the millennial lifestyle.
While I don’t say I’m an expert in much (anything, really), traveling without having any money is definitely my forte.
Get started on a personal project. Besides the mundane life of maintaining your existence, branch out and possess something creative or off-beat. Brainstorm a second life, a free life, from your recycled day and make a move towards it.
Consignment stores are your friend. Not only will consignment stores pay you for your clothes (as long as you’ve kept them in decent condition) but you can get some pretty amazing deals yourself.
Took a few really awesome road trips. I worked three jobs after college (so if you assume people who didn’t go full-time right out of school are lazy, you’re mistaken), but it’s a lot easier to take a random Monday off when you’re working mainly in the service industry.
Just say no to hipster food. If you like spending loads of money on bite sized food that looks cool in pictures but leaves you starving, then you have fallen into the hipster food trap.