Yes. You are feeling the economic crunch. Times are hard and you are finding it hard to even make both ends meet with the rising costs of basic necessities and the fact that you lost one of the part-time jobs that you are holding. This is the common scenario that people, not only in the US, is feeling. They may not have lost their jobs but they have certainly found it hard to earn extra. Can you blame them then if they look for ways to cut costs and save money?
Although it looks like a pretty daunting task, it’s not impossible to do and once you get the hang of it and establish a routine, it’s not really so hard. In fact, as you become used to cutting down costs, you’ll even ask yourself why you just did it this year. Thank God for the recession right? I guess, if there is anything good that the recession has taught people all over the world is that no country is impervious and that you can save without really allowing yourself to be poor.
Here are some of the ways that you can save money without really making yourself feel or look poor.
1. Cut down on the luxuries
This does not mean that you will not treat yourself every now and then and just live in poverty. This can be depressing and at this point you need something to at least brighten up your month. This just means that you need to cut back on the frequency that you indulge in luxuries. For instance, if you are used to going outside to eat every weekend, cut that down into just twice a month. Restaurant food can be pretty expensive and besides they are not at all healthy anyway. Other things to give up on are movies and recreational trips. You can still go on trips but make sure that they will not involve a lot of fees.
2. Keep it simple
If you do not have the money to go out, you can still do so provided that you keep it simple. Go back to nature and have a family picnic in the park or maybe walk along the beachside. You can pack a lunch that you have cooked yourself at home. You don’t have to spend a lot of money just to be able to enjoy the weekend with the family. You just need the imagination.
Instead always buying things that you think you need, why not use your imagination and creativity by recycling things. Use them for other than their uses. For instance, if you need a message board where you will be posting the chores, why not use that old chalkboard instead of buying a new bulletin board. It may not be much but if you do it for other things that you want to buy, you have not only saved a lot of money, you would have also cleared that garage full of junk.
If you cannot use something for another thing, why not transformed it into something that you can actually use. This is actually applicable to clothes and accessories but with imagination, you can even do it with other things in the house. Who knows, it may not even be just one of the ways to save money, you can even turn it into a business that will earn you more.