Living is really expensive sometimes.
This is an obvious statement, but unfortunately I have recently found this out the hard way. Like when I accidentally neglected a parking fine until I eventually owed $440. Or when I realised my weekly food bill was approximately $250 thanks to some lavish meals.
As I have never been so good (or interested) in budgeting, I was at a loss when it came to saving myself from my money woes.
So, I turned to some women who are much cleverer than me.
Here are some delightfully frugal tips for saving in different areas of your life, courtesy of my colleagues, friends and family.
1. Your pay.
“As soon as I get paid, I put money away – somewhere that I don’t have access to when I’m out and about.” – Pam
2. Your coffee.
“Make coffee at home.” – Hijiri
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3. Your bank.
“Have a limit for the amount you can withdraw in any one day. As soon as I lowered mine (previously it was unlimited) I had to think twice about every purchase and weigh up whether the really nice dress/boots/shiny stationery was worth not having the ability to later withdraw enough to buy lunch/a train ticket that day.” – Aparna
4. Your lunch.
“Pack lunch to take to work… It’ll save you about $10-$20 a day, which is a lot over the course of a year!” – Grace
5. Your dessert.
“Instead of catching up with friends for dinner, catch up for dessert – it’s way tastier and cheaper.” – Bell
6. Your other bank.
“Go out for dinner with your parents.” – Alice
7. Your priorities.
“Be brutal! People laugh at living off $100 a week saying it’s impossible. Don’t eat out, ride your bike instead of petrol, have coffee at home before work. Prioritise and you’d be surprised how far a small amount can go.” – Loretta
8. Your meals.
“It’s all in the food! I make sure I plan my meals for the week ahead, and base them around vegetables that freeze well. Then make and freeze a week’s worth of dinners. I also have breakfast at home, and make a simple sandwich for lunch everyday.” – Melissa