Frugality doesn’t mean being cheap or not spending money at all. But choosing to spend on some items that are way cheaper to afford other items you may want to splurge in. It varies from person to person. Perhaps for you, you’d rather not eat it out and save that money up for a vacation. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to being frugal. Some of these suggestions I will enumerate in this episode might work for you then again it might not. Frugal is defined as simple and plain and costing little.
- Make Your Own Meal. – If you work from 9-5 or however your schedule throughout the week is. Preparing food for lunch can help you cut your expenses. Not to say that my husband and I don’t indulge in take-outs from time to time. At least once a week, we take out from our local restaurants as our way of helping them amidst Covid-19. But most of the time, I cook at home. There are many ways you can recreate your left-overs. I turned the old rice into fried rice as well as old sausages into an omelet. As much as I can, I hate throwing away food.
- Make Your Own Coffee. Several years ago while I was working from 6:30-3 pm, I became a regular customer of Starbucks that I became good friends with the manager and workers there. And from time to time, they would give me a free drink and a free croissant. But it became too expensive when you add it all up. But when you can indulge, go for it. Now that I have been staying at home like most of us. Since my Mr. Coffee coffee Keurig (The original single-serve brewer and coffee-pod) maker broke I had to replace it and bought myself the old fashion coffee brewer that costs a fraction of Keurig which is about $4.99 at Walmart. It makes about 6 cups of coffee. I have learned that coffee pod costs too much money compared to the ground coffee beans. Of course, there are times when I treat myself to Starbucks or to any coffee shops around the area where I live.
- Cancel Unused Subscriptions. My husband and I used to subscribe to both Netflix & Vikki but due to our busy schedules, we decided to cancel both subscriptions. When you are not using it often, you are just throwing your money out the window that you could probably use that money towards something else you want to purchase. Go through your monthly subscriptions that you are not using often and cancel them.
- Conserve Energy. This principle has been taught to me when I was a little girl. My grandmother kept on reminding me to turn off the light once I leave the room. For example, when I was done being in the kitchen to turn off the light and unplug any appliances that are not used. As well as to minimize our water usage and not to throw food away. Even to this day, I still implement these teachings.
- Do Your Own Manicure/Pedicure. Again, if you can splurge and this doesn’t affect your budget then feel free to go to a salon. Doing a manicure and pedicure is my least favorite. But I have to take the time to take good care of my nails at home even if I don’t feel like doing them. There are times I let my nail breathe and not paint it. However, the aesthetic of freshly painted nails looks a lot nicer. A classy lady takes her time to trim her nail. Stop biting your nails which is one of the nastiest habits a classy lady needs to stop doing.
- Trim Your Own Bangs. If you have bangs like I do, trimming it yourself will save you a lot of money. I always love bangs ever since I was a little girl, and I guess I am making it my signature style. We shall see. I have to learn how to trim my own bangs especially during the lockdown and when the salons were closed. I’ve watched Youtube tutorials on how to trim bangs, and I eventually got the hang of it. It takes practice. With anything in life, you just have to learn to be patient. Over time, you’ll be able to trim your own bangs as well.
- Buy Items On Sale/Shop At The Thrift Store. Since I became aware of how we spend our money, I now refuse to buy some items with the original price. Before making a purchase, I would contemplate whether I need it or not or the price is right? In my college years, I refused to buy anything from a Thrifted store until I have found out that buying from a second-hand store can save you tons of money on your clothing. Just watch for wear and tear or any stain before purchasing though. But you will be surprised that you will always find clothes that are still in good condition. You don’t need to break the bank to look good. Of course, try to look for good quality over quantity.
- Buy Generic Brands. Generic Brands are way cheaper than the popular brands we used of seeing on television. And it will work just as good as the branded ones. Like buying toilet paper, some toilet paper brands are way cheaper compared to what they advertised on television. Generic brands are known for their very basic packaging and labels, and lower prices. (Google searched)
- Borrow Books At The Library Or Purchase It in Ebook Format I used to purchase plenty of books that I often never had a chance to finish reading them. But if you like collecting books for display then feel free to do so. But as for me, I think they accumulate dust and I have no room for them in my place at this moment in my life. Or read books in a digital format. Most books now come with an ebook like the time I’ve published my self-published book through Kindle and Lulu Publishing. You have now the option of purchasing it in ebook format. My book titled “Relentless” The love of God is both available in the paper book copy and an ebook format. This is our way of supporting Authors by purchasing in an ebook format that is less expensive or you can borrow books from your local library if you want to cut down on your expenses.
- Sew or Stitch Your Own Ripped Clothes – When I get a ripped on my clothes, I sew it myself. However, when it comes to alteration like having my pants on the desired length that’s when I leave it up to the professional. That’s when I’ll take it to a Dry cleaner who does an alteration. Other than that with a smaller ripped that is doable, I’ll sew it myself. Just like several days ago, the dress I’ve purchased from Calvin Klein was ripped on the side that I have sewed it back myself. Not to say that I am good at sewing, but at least I can save some money by doing it myself. I guess I always been the DIY (Do it yourself) kinda girl.
“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. ”Elise Boulding