|Put Some Wiggle Room in Your Budget|
Here are a few small, yet practical ways to put some wiggle room in your budget. This list isn’t all inclusive, but it’s a great starting point!
Put Some Wiggle Room in Your Budget!
1. Cook from scratch. I know I know, it’s time consuming and convenience food is so…convenient! But you will save SO much money by cooking from scratch. For the price of a can of beans you can buy a 1lb bag of dried beans and make the equivalent of 4 cans of beans. It will be healthier for you too. Freeze what you won’t use immediately and for $.99 you will have already cooked beans for your next 3-4 meals.
2. Learn a craft or skill that cuts some fat off your budget. My husband taught himself to cut his own hair (okay, he buzzes it with the razor…but it does take some learning! Trust me, he learned the hard way a few times.), that saves us around $20 every 6 weeks. I sew which means I make a lot of my daughter’s clothes. This saves us a LOT of money. I make boutique style clothing, and I would never pay boutique prices so to be entirely honest she wouldn’t even be wearing the stuff if I didn’t make it.
3. Remember that some things are investments. Don’t buy something cheap that will just fall apart when you can pay a bit more up front and have it last years and years. Sometimes this is tough. You see the $100 product sitting next to the $300 product and your price savvy side is screaming to go for the cheaper. Cheaper is not always best. Especially when you have to go out and buy a new one in a few months because the cheap one broke.
4. Research. Research EVERYTHING. Chances are there will be a coupon, or a sale, or an unadvertised deal. And pay it forward, if you find a good deal, pass it on. Don’t be stingy with your savings!
5. Find ways to get paid for stuff you’d do anyway. Now I’m not talking about charging your sister to watch her kids when you know you’d do it for free. I’m talking about simple things. Do you ever search online? Of course you do. Join Swagbucks and simply use it as your search engine. There are other things you can do to get more bucks, but even just using it as your search engine everyday can net you a small profit. I made $20 worth of Amazon cards in one week on Swagbucks (granted I did a bit more than search). Do you own an embroidery machine? Embroider things for profit. Do you need to get rid of clutter? Sell it on EBay or have a garage sale.
These are all small things that can really add up over time. I encourage you to try just one (or 5!) and see if it gives you just a bit more wiggle room in your budget.