7 Sustainable Frugality Tips That Will Help You Long Term
Invest in Quality
Frugality is not being cheap. It’s making smart decisions about your money. Instead of cheap items that you’re going to have to replace every few months, invest in a higher quality item the first time around. This will save you money in the long run.
Plan Your Splurges
It’s unrealistic to think that you’re never going to spend money on things you simply want. Trust me, you are going to occasionally spend money on yourself. So, instead of caving into impulse purchases that might end up overdoing things, assign yourself a little fun money that you can guiltlessly spend each month.
Learn To Cook
Eating out all the time can really add up. Learn how to cook for yourself instead. If you have no idea what you’re doing in the kitchen then look online or check out some YouTube videos. There are more resources on budget friendly cooking than you’ll be able to read in your lifetime. Take advantage of it all.
Use It Up
There’s a fun little saying floating around Pinterest and it is the golden rule to frugality: “Use it up, make it do, or do without it.” Don’t go grocery shopping until you’ve cleared the pantry. Don’t buy new tennis shoes when the ones you have are perfectly fine. Don’t throw away a bottle of shampoo that still has a few washes in it. You get the point.
This will challenge your creativity. Instead of running out to the store and buying items you need try and work with what you already have. Let your imagination run wild. An important variation on this is to just go without: Instead of caving into your normal, comfortable routine, do without the things that you don’t absolutely need.
Have a Goal
Without a clear vision of what you might do with saved money, frugality won’t last. You need to have strong goal — it will motivate you to keep going when saving money gets tiring or boring.
Buy Things Used
Always look for used items before buying new. You just might find that you can get high quality items at a low price. A variation on used is refurbished — a lot of the time, these items are simply items that were returned with the packaging opened but the actual product intact. If you can’t find things used, consider getting rebates. I follow a company called William Hill Australia Sports which tends to have pretty good rebates.
There are no set-in-stone rules regarding frugality. You don’t have to follow the trends or do what everyone else is doing to save money. Keep experimenting until you figure out what works best for you and your family.
Readers, do you have any suggestions of sustainable frugality tactics?