Can one save even on a budget? A budget is a written list of detailed expenditures covering a certain period. One needs to scrimp on things and never spend on anything outside of the budget. This is normally the case when income is unlikely, but can be purged and re-evaluated when fresh money comes in. A household for instance needs to save even on a tight budget to cover emergency expenditures. In an economic downturn, savings is unlikely or herculean in scope.
Many significantly cut off spending on mundane products and services. Others limit the quantity of purchased goods. Some set a budget for expenditures and live by it. And few turn to strategies that help save thousands of dollars over the course of a year. Here are some practical ways to save money on a tight budget.
Save Money on Food
Avoid wasting money on exorbitant expenses that blow one’s budget such as frequent dining in restaurants, repeated take out and order deliveries, and constant buying of shop delicacies that one can live without.
When grocery shopping, always bring a list so only basic items will be purchased. Avoid impulse buying even on food or snacks. And grab all opportunities offered that reduce product prices. Make use of coupons, choose goods based on the price per unit not by the brand name, and take advantage over sales and reward cards from retailers that offer discounts to loyal customers.
Save Money on Housing
Housing costs take a huge cut on one’s income. Hence, if renting a house or apartment, it is best to get a roommate to share the monthly rental. Or rent out a room to reduce the amount of money that will be disbursed. However, ensure that bringing in a new tenant will not violate any provision of rental or lease agreement.
Save Money on Clothes
Do not buy clothes on impulse. It is possible that a purchased clothing may not be necessary and will be left just to pile up inside the closet. If you must go shopping, check out shops and items on sale; and use coupons that come in the mail or found in newspapers. Also, quit buying designer labels unless the item is basic (good quality too) and will be used multiple times.
Save Money on Utilities
Be conscious with your utilities use. Excessive practices are possible that cause bills from surging monthly. Unplug appliances when not in use such as the toaster, coffee maker, blender, television, and laptop. Doing so will save at least 10% of the total energy bill. Also, never run the dishwasher, clothes washer, and dryer half-empty to save on energy costs. And communicate with family and friends using the internet by sending emails and using free online chat services rather than exhausting the mobile phone plan.
It is possible to cut costs by choosing alternative products and means.
If you live in a city with a reliable public transport system, and don’t see the need for a car, consider selling it to deter maintenance costs.
For medicines, get prescription for generic drugs from your doctor or ask the pharmacist for a cheaper alternative.
These money saving tips can save you thousands of dollars. It may seem daunting at first but persevere, it can be done.