Are you trying to save money but not sure where to start? Even if you’re just beginning to learn to coupon, it can be a bit of an overwhelming experience until you get the hang of it. Below are some ideas to help get you started on the right path of living frugally.
Eat out less. Believe it or not, it is estimated that the average person spends over $2,000 a year just eating out! Yikes! Restaurants are not the cheapest anymore, and that includes fast-food restaurants. The last bill I paid for two people amounted to $26 that included two soft drinks, two dinner meals, and a dessert. Try to create a weekly menu plan so you know what groceries to buy for the week, and only buy items you are going to eat that week. If there is a good sale going on where you might only buy it at that low price that week, go ahead and stock up on that item as long as you know you’ll use it in the future.
Brown bag it to work. I know many people that personally buy lunch every day while working. In my area, that easily amounts to $10-$20 a day! So why not pack some left overs, or even become creative and check out some Pinterest boards for ideas.
Find free entertainment for dates nights. The average person can spend as much as $1,800 a year on just going out along, and that does include how much you spend dining out. What I do for my date nights is simple; we subscribe to a free redbox code and use them when we receive them. That amounts to two free movies, and what ever we already made on hand. If you actually want to go out, just check your local paper! Our paper is stock full of free concerts and events that we can go to.
There are several ways to start living frugally and to start saving money, but here’s a good start to get you going! Have any other frugal ideas? Let me know!