Paying the necessary bills, not to mention your food, gas, and savings budget probably does not leave you with much left for entertainment purposes. Saving money is important, but in my opinion life experiences are just as high on the list, so there is a fine line between wasting money and spending on good use, so if there are corners to be cut to free up for other areas, then that is something worth checking out!
Cutting the Cable Cord
We live in an interesting time when cable is no longer a need, and if you can get away from watching live shows, with annoying commercials I might add, you no longer need cable TV to function, and can cut the cable cord and now go with a streaming service for a fraction of the price and you can binge watch your little heart out. Unless the cable companies start to adapt to a more pick and choose channel plan instead of having to buy the entire package, you will most likely see more tired of paying the premium price for channels you don’t watch anyways.
Energy and Sports Drinks
When it comes to needing caffeine to function I am probably one of the more proponents of energy drinks, sodas, and coffee, but stopping at a gas station to pick these up can run you a few dollars each. Energy drinks and sodas are not good for you with all of the sugar, plus whatever they put in the diet drinks to make up for not having sugar we will never know, but if you want a caffeine boost, try brewing coffee at home.
Going Out to Eat
It is easy to go out to a restaurant, well because they cook, clean, and serve for you, without having to do it all in the comfort of your own home, but it does come at a premium price. If you can start doing grocery shopping for break, lunch, and dinner, maybe you can only go out to eat once a week, and see the savings start to pile up. Even eating at home and going out for late appetizers could still be a nice night out, without the full price of going out to eat.
Spending Entire Saturday Night at the Bar
I am definitely not saying that you have to give up going out for a few drinks by any means, but maybe going early and staying until close can be avoided if you are looking to save a few dollars. Whether you are going out with the guys, having a girl’s night, or spending time with your significant other, “pre-drinking” at a house for a few rounds with some music in the background can kick the night off, at a fraction of the price, and then make a late arrival at the bar if you still feel like a night on the town is in order, and you can come home with a lot more in your wallet that you would have otherwise.
Although shopping online is quite the convenience, not having to leave your house with virtually anything available to purchase at your fingertips, sometimes actually having to leave your house to decide on making a purchase can save you money in the long run. With online shopping and a few clicks of the button, even one-click buying with Amazon prime, using your saved credit card information, it doesn’t even seem like you are spending any money, that is until you get the statement in the mail and you wonder how you are going to pay for this. Sure, there are impulse purchases in retail stores, but maybe actually handing your card to the cashier, or better yet using cash, you can see the exchange of money and could give you reason to slow down your purchases going forward.
If you are like most that start a gym membership you are looking at finally getting in shape as a New Year’s resolution, so the first couple months of the year you start to go hard, getting into a new routine, and start to see the pounds come off until something happens: you use any excuse not to go to the gym. As soon as you miss once, you start to fall out of your routine, and pretty soon a week goes by, then a month, and pretty soon you are paying $50 a month for a membership you don’t use. Now that the weather is warm, save your money and exercise outside with a jog, cutting the grass, and walking the dog.