Having been told more than a few times that I have a “champagne taste on a beer budget,” I know what it feels like to always want more, and beyond that, the best of the best. However, my lack of money, or “responsible budget,” as I like to call it, has afforded me the opportunity to get creative and make the best of what I have. Fortunately for you, and the sake of this article, I also don’t have a whole lot of self-control, so I’ve compiled a list of a very doable and unique ways to save, when savings seems impossible.
1. No More Dining Out.
- If you buy groceries, stop going out to dinner. It’s probably your number one bank account killer. Add a few drinks, and your bill’s almost doubled. Now, I get it – by the time Friday hits, the last you thing you want to do is think, let alone cook a meal – but try and make it fun. You can make it a date, cook with friends, or prep a meal earlier in the week.
- Stock up on booze and pre-game before you go out (take an Uber if you do). This way, when you do occasionally go out, you won’t feel guilty about spending a little more than usual.
- Eating at home also helps you stay healthy and puts you in control of your temptations. Your mind, body, and purse are going to thank me for this one.
2. Repurpose Furniture.
- Repurposing old furniture not only saves you money but also gives you the opportunity to express your creativity, and create a one of a kind piece. Better yet, you’ll have a stronger connection and sense of pride in your piece, saving you money in the long run and giving you unforgettable memories.
- Not to mention, now you’ll have a great talking piece for when you have dinner guests over!
3. Consign Your Clothes.
- 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. Some of my favorite prom dresses came from consignment stores. Truth be told, they don’t only sell used clothing either; they also have a bunch of really cute and unique new outfits or accessories. My favorite local shop is Trendsetter’s Boutique, but there are thousands out there!
4. Don’t Forget That Nature Is Your Friend.
- As the weather gets nicer, you no longer have an excuse for staying inside, so opt for a day filled with hiking, biking, or lounging on the beach, instead of paying for expensive boat outings, beer tours, and spin classes. Not only will your body thank you, but you’ll be able to spend quality time with the people you love.
- Explore and enjoy this gorgeous country we live in, and if you live somewhere with awesome views, be sure to invite me!
5. Remember That Gym Memberships Are Overrated.
- Some of the best workouts I’ve ever had were home grown, and not only that, but they were actually done in my home. All you need is a few weights, a kettle bell, and some room to move around. Congrats, you’ve now opened your workout world up to endless possibilities.
- It doesn’t matter when or where your workouts take place; just get your heartbeat up, break a sweat, and feel amazing afterwards.
- Don’t underestimate the power of a nice long walk. Enjoy the weather while we have it, and free your mind and your wallet along the way.
6. Window Shop.
- You can look, but you can’t touch. I know this may sound like ACTUAL torture, but sometimes window shopping can do the trick. Go walk around your favorite store. Stores are constantly changing out their displays, so visualize your own closet and build/ try new outfits based on your newfound inspiration. You’ll save money and become a trendsetter.
- Don’t limit yourself to department store window-shopping either; you can try this with home decorating, gift ideas, and so much more. Window-shopping is also a great gateway into saving money based on goal setting. Being forced to think about your ideal purchase gives you a fun and rewarding goal to work towards, and yet another reason to save.
7. Find A Side Job.
- We all have passions outside of our very hectic daily lives, so channel your inner passion and take on a new role (hopefully one that pays). Make sure you find a job that allows you to explore new interests, meet new people, and live a more well-rounded life. Sometimes we get too comfortable in our routines, and end up missing out on some pretty amazing opportunities because of it. So get out there, and try something new!
8. Plan A Trip.
- Now I know what you’re thinking, but hear me out. Studies show that planning for a trip not only boosts your mood and your happiness, but also helps you save. When you have an exciting goal to work towards, it’s easy to budget and say no to the instant gratification purchases you’d normally jump at. So pick a destination, within reason, and go from there! You won’t regret it, especially knowing you worked so hard to make it happen.
I know there are many ways to save, so find what works for you and give it a try. Soon enough you’ll be the richest person in the world – maybe not in a monetary sense – but who said being rich is about the money anyway?