There are many frugal living skills that can be very enjoyable and rewarding and that can save you a lot of money at the same time. Here are seven ideas to get you started:
Having a Purpose
One of the most important frugal skills you can develop is having a purpose. By this I mean, knowing that saving money is not an end in and of itself, but rather a means to achieving a larger purpose. This purpose might be being a good parent, a good friend, or living a happy and fulfilling life. It is up to you to define what your purpose is, but once you are aware of it, it helps to frame many of the decisions and directions you take in your life.
Most things are negotiable. In many cases, simply asking for a discount or a deal is enough to get you one. This is normally true for many things like phone, cable, and internet service, but is also true in many other situations as well. Learning basic negotiating skills is a simple frugal skill that can save you money.
Sometimes great new ideas and approaches to doing things are just around the corner. You just have to look for them and be open to trying them.
Unleashing Your Frugal Creativity
Creativity is not only fun, but it can also lead you to finding novel ways of solving problems and/or challenges. Often times these creative approaches can save you a bundle. You really just have to believe in yourself and look for your own solutions before running to the store (to buy someone else’s creative solution to your problem).
Basic Home and Car Maintenance
Owning a home and/or a car is expensive. Learning to do basic stuff for your self can be, not only fun, but also a great way to save money. No, you do not need to get a structural engineering degree or become a car mechanic, but learning to do basic things is definitely worthwhile.
Some basic things you can learn to do around the home include things like painting, clearing eaves troughs, and fixing a leaky faucet. Learning how to change the lights in your car, topping up oil and washer fluid, and how to jumpstart your battery can all add up to significant savings.
Preparing your own food is also a fun frugal skill that can save you lots of money. While I do enjoy eating out very much, the cost of doing so just seems to get higher and higher. Experiment with various recipes until you find a few ‘go to’ family favourites. Experiment with them until you get them ‘just right’ and use them. Here are some good apps that can save you money on your groceries.
Knowing How to Entertain Yourself Frugally (and showing your children how to do the same)
You do not need to spend money to enjoy yourself. Yes, going out to a movie, or a meal, or a performance can be fun, but they can also cost you a lot of money. There is nothing wrong with doing these things if they are important to you, but there are also many entertaining things that can be done for free. Playing with your children, cooking, reading a book, going for a nature walk, riding a bike, writing, blogging, crafting, hanging out with family or friends, etc. are all examples of activities that can be lots of fun but cost very little or nothing. Develop the habit of exploring these types of activities by yourself and with your children.
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Author: Jason Milburn Google