As far as I can remember, I have always lived frugally, and I am proud of it. I make it a point to save some of my income (or allowance, when I was still a student), even if it’s just a tiny bit. Some might think that I am depriving myself by living frugally, and that I am missing out on having awesome stuff because I prefer to save. On the contrary, saving a part of my income gives me something way better than any material item can give – peace of mind. I can rest well, knowing that I have a buffer in case there is an emergency that might otherwise cause me huge financial stress. Don’t get me wrong, I do spend on other things (e.g. trips, dining out), but I try to be frugal with everything else. It’s all about knowing what’s important to you, and cutting back on the things that aren’t.
In order to help with saving, I have applied a few frugal tips on our home. Maybe you could find a couple that could help you too 😊
- Let’s start with the very basic: Turn off lights and unplug appliances when not in use.
- Shop from your pantry and fridge. Use ingredients that are currently available before buying new stuff.
- Repurpose leftover food. Some of the easy ways to use leftovers is to make it into an omelette or put it in soups and pasta dishes. This can lessen food waste as well.
- Batch bake your food so you don’t waste the heat of the oven. I usually bake 2-3 dishes on a weekend, and that’ll last us the whole week.
- Only run your dishwasher when full. Same goes with the washing machine.
- Air dry your clothes and dishes.
- Cut up old clothes and towels and use them as cleaning rags.
- Buy fruits and veggies that are in season.
- Grow your own herbs and veggies (or try, at least). The Mister is taking care of our mini-garden (we don’t have a lot of space for gardening), and so far we’ve been able to make 2 jars of homemade pesto, and used a lot of parsley, thyme, and spring onions.
- Try supermarket brands. They are usually almost as good as branded ones and they usually come in a lot cheaper.
Good luck! 👍