You only need to take a look at your paycheck each week to see that it’s becoming harder and harder to make enough money to pay for your monthly budget expenses. And while most people would love to stretch their dollar as far as possible, it’s often easier said than done.
If you find yourself always just scraping by, here are five great tips to get you started.
Coupons Are Your Friend!
If you aren’t using coupons and vouchers for every single purchase that you make, then there is a good chance that you are paying too much for items which you need to buy regularly.
Take makeup, as the perfect example. Admit it out loud or not, it is something which you need to buy regularly. So instead of heading into the store directly to pay retail, why not grab a discount from the Groupon Coupons page for Sephora a few days before you run out and get it delivered.
This is just one example to show you that regularly purchased items that you don’t even consider can be bought for less.
Buying in Bulk
Do you know why so many people flock to warehouse type stores like Costco? Because they can save serious cash each time, they visit! Obviously, the trick is to buy in bulk. Now while you may think that there isn’t anything at those stores which would save you money, consider the following:
- Toilet paper
- Paper towel
- Laundry detergent
- Cleaning supplies
These are all items which you will likely see on your monthly or bi-monthly shopping list, and all are items which you can purchase in bulk and save a solid amount of money. If you still don’t think that you will use all of the products you will need to buy to make the savings, speak with your neighbors or your friends and consider forming a bulk-buying group where you can collectively take advantage of these deals.
While you may not be aware of it, there is a large number of free and almost-free activities and events which are happening around your city right now. These activities range from traveling galleries and exhibitions to outdoor cinema nights and community markets.
Give your local council a call and see which events are happening in your area. If you have children, be sure to enquire if the event will be suitable for them. Alternatively, the office can also help you to find child-friendly entertainment.
If you are visiting the downtown area of your town or city, give your local tourism board a call and ask about any events which are happening in the city. Often, tourist information booths can provide you with discounted tickets and free methods of transportation.
You don’t need to be a mathematician to find ways to save on your monthly budget; you just have to be creative in your thinking. Keep this article in your hand while you take a tour of your home pantry and personal items to see where you can save money. Even a dollar here or there adds up!