In these times when household budgets are stretched to breaking point, it makes sense to consider new ways of saving money. Fortunately, there is a plentiful supply of ideas and one of the most basic is to simply explore ways of changing old habits.
Folks spend money more or less automatically in flush times because there are things they want. While adjusting those habits may be difficult, it does not have to be painful.
Consider all those weeks that you eat out three or four times. Surely once a week would satisfy your desire for something new while also keeping the gloom at bay. You can still enjoy life by making meals at home for a special event. Although you will need to trade a little more of your time and effort, think of how much more cash you will save.
Alternatively, think about all the impulsive purchases you make at the grocery store, shopping mall, and elsewhere. Much like indulging in too much good food, those purchases maybe fun but they can lead to excess. In this, the scales are reversed since as you gain stuff you lose cash that can be used for other things. Prepare yourself mentally for some short-term tradeoffs and avoid long-term pain.
Think of new places to shop that offer big discounts. In the golden days, you might have a favorite shop or store, maybe several. In hard times, look for new places and new venues for buying the things you have decided you really need now.
It is still true, for example, that most folks spend only a small percentage of their shopping dollars online. That is understandable since shopping retail can be fun and it is even more so when we can see and touch the items. Nevertheless, shifting more of your spending to the Internet can save you big time and you still get the pleasure of getting more of what you want.
Some folks avoid that alternative, thinking that they cannot tell whether the item they get will be what they really wanted. However, with contemporary online software, free shipping, and easy exchange you can buy shoes, clothes, and more without risk. You can even buy items you thought too large and exchange them, if need be. King-sized beds sold online sell for hundreds less than what they cost in a retail store and most manufacturers will willingly pick up any item up to thirty days after delivery.
You can avoid many costly purchases in the first place by curbing the must buy now impulses. Amazon pioneered the idea of making customer feedback available from every purchaser. Spend the time to read some comments, discounting the occasional unreasonable gripe, and you can save hundreds by spending wisely following a little research.
Try something new to save big, by doing careful research and curbing those impulses. Then you will have money left over to make life spontaneous and fun another time by spending that cash elsewhere.