My life changed pretty drastically a couple of years ago. I had to learn to spend less money.
I was divorced and moving to a different state. And I had no idea at the time how I was going to support myself.
The dogs and I crossed the border into Oklahoma. And I thought: Well, another chapter in my life begins. And it was a bit scary.
Now I’ll tell you how I learned to live frugally.
How I’ve Learned To Live Frugally:
- Take Advantage Of Nature Around You
You don’t have to be constantly entertained by spending money. Go outside and enjoy nature.
Take a walk in the park and listen to the many different sounds of birdsong.
- Avoid Putting Gas In Your Car
I doubt I’ve put 1000 miles on my car, which is now paid for, since I moved here.
Don’t go out somewhere on a whim or because you’re merely bored.
Wait, if you possibly can, until you have two to three errands to run before you head out. Travel to these errands in the most expedient fashion, so that you don’t waste any gas.
The Best Time Of Day To Eat In A Frugal Fashion:
- Eating Your Main Meal Of The Day
Eat your main meal at lunchtime. This will give you time to digest it properly and possibly burn some calories before the day is over.
- Best Time Of Day To Eat At A Restaurant
If you want to eat out, lunchtime is the cheapest time to go to restaurants. Because if you wait for dinnertime prices, you’ll pay more and miss all those lunch specials.
Restaurants tend to serve big plates of food. When they bring your meal, ask for a to-go container and split it in half for later.
You’ll eat fewer calories and have another meal you don’t have to cook.
- Don’t Dry Your Clothing After Washing
I buy very few clothes. I launder them and then hang them on hangers to dry.
It makes your clothes last longer not to dry them in the dryer. If I had a place to hang them outside, I probably would.
- Buy Household Items Online:
I buy most of my household items like paper towels and toilet paper online.
You get free shipping with Amazon Prime. So once and sometimes twice a month I will stock up.
Why use gas in your car when someone can deliver what you need right to your door free?
Don’t Waste Water Unnecessarily:
- Use Water Judiciously
I don’t use the dishwasher. As I can rinse my plate in a short span of time, using little water in doing so.
I actually kind of like to wash dishes. It is a reflective time for me.
I also prefer short showers.
- Shop The House When Decorating:
I primarily shop the house when decorating, although I will allow myself the occasional splurge on something.
It’s fun to see how many different ways you can decorate your home with what you already have.
Don’t Waste Electricity:
- Turn Off The Lights When Not In Use
You don’t need a lamp on in every room in your house.
Make it a habit to turn the lights off as you leave a room.
- Gardening Tip To Save Money:
Plant drought-resistant plants indigenous to your region. They need less water.
As I did last year, allow your plants to reseed. Save those seeds and share them with a friend or neighbor.
This year I only planted a packet of zinnias and did not buy any plants.