Updated: Mar 30
If you are new to saving money, budgeting and all round becoming more frugal it can seem over-whelming. It shouldn’t be. Becoming frugal is easy – you can take your time and see what works for you. By embracing it and going little by little you will get big results in the long term. Here are 5 tips to start the frugal living journey and help you save money and save the environment too.
1. Meal plan
Meal planning is a great way to become frugal. It eliminates waste, and makes you organised so much less likely to grab take away after a hectic day. Organise each meal and shop accordingly. If you know what is ahead for the week, there is no need for ‘just in case’ items to drop into the trolley. It also makes preparation to make the meals easier. Thinking about it for 15 mins once a week is a lot easier than every night at 5 pm scrambling to make something or dashing to the shops.
2. Every last drop
By implementing the ‘every last drop’ mantra you will easily start saving. Cutting containers open to get out the last drop may seem extreme but once you do it a couple of times you will see how much is left behind and thrown away.
3. Avoid the shops
Shopping should not be a hobby. Once it becomes that it is a hard act to break. But avoiding the shops is a great way to kick start your frugal journey. I’m not against shopping and I understand why so many people go to the shops to ‘look around.’ But by not going you are not noticing whats new and what is on special. It cuts out any temptation. Not spending money is the best special around.
4. Reduce, reuse and recycle
By actively seeking out ways to follow the 3 R’s you will stop spending money. At first you probably won’t even notice but the better you get at reusing items the more money you save. It is a great habit to exercise and become more creative with the ways you can reduce, reuse and recycle.
5. Less is more
By adopting a minimalist lifestyle you’re not only saving money by buying less. You become more organised because you spend less time organising and tidying the excess stuff that never fits into your home. But you will also make money when you realise how much excess stuff you have that you can sell for money. LESS STUFF = MORE MONEY + MORE TIME - that's the equation to a blissfully frugal life.
Madonna Bechaz Madonna lives on Gold Coast with her husband and two sons. When she isn't blogging she is spending time with her family and enjoying the beautiful Gold Coast.
Madonna started her blog 'Budget Mum' when she was on maternity leave with her first son. She was looking for tips and hints on how to save money (and extend her maternity leave). Since she couldn't find many blogs based in Australia, she decided to make her own blog about saving money, making money, money-saving recipes & loving your budget. Four years later 'Budget Mum' is still going strong. Madonna has joined the Parent Like You team so she can she share her fantastic money-saving tips with our community.
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