One of the key points we like to make in our money saving classes
is that sometimes in order to save money, it's necessary to eliminate certain things from the weekly/daily spending. By eliminating items that aren't necessary, it makes more room in the budget for things that are needed.
This is especially true if you're trying to save money and be a little healthier too! I'm such a frugal zealot, but I also love having a healthier lifestyle at the same time.
Here are six items you can eliminate from your spending this week that will help you save some money.
1. Kick the soda-fix to the curb.
Eliminating just this one item can make you a little healthier and keep more of that hard-earned money in your pocket. Avoid the soda aisle at the grocery store and if you do eat out, choose to order water instead.
2. Send those pre-packaged snacks packing.
Foods like potato chips, trail mix and such can be eliminated from the budget entirely and replaced with fruit or vegetables. Surprisingly enough, pre-packaged foods have a tendency to increase your spending a lot more than buying local produce from a farmer's market.
3. Coffee? Who needs it! (achem)
If you love coffee like I do, it can be daunting to even consider completely eliminating this from your daily routine. So if you're not up for completely putting an end to your daily dose of caffeine (that's okay!), consider making your own at home vs. picking up a cup of java from the local shop. Making coffee at home instead of picking up a $4-5 cup at the coffee place will really save you a lot of money in the long run. 4. Say bye-bye to napkins and paper towels.
Making the switch to using cloth at home instead of disposable paper towels and napkins can save you money and help the environment at the same time. That's a pretty cool win/win! You can pick up some bulk terry cloths at Costco pretty inexpensively. 5. Household cleaners can go, too!
Got a mess? Clean it up with either plain old vinegar or baking soda. Pretty much any mess around the house can be taken care of with either of these two items. Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner:
- 1 part white vinegar
- 3 parts water
- A few drops of orange oil or tea tree oil
Homemade Soap Scum Killer:6. No more trips to the retail store for clothing!
I love poppin' me some tags at the thrift shop. Thrift store/yard sale/consignment sale clothing is the way to go if you want to save some serious cash. But if you still prefer to shop retail, be sure to always shop the clearance racks.
Just eliminating a couple of these purchases can easily cut down on your monthly spending, and you'll be simplifying at the same time! What are some items that you've eliminated to help reduce spending?
Crystal Collins, a Savings.com DealPro, is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog at TheThriftyMama.com.
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