Prices seem to go up every day, driving the cost of living higher and higher, but wages rarely jump higher for most people. So, if you’re wondering how to live cheap without your quality of life dropping, you don’t have to try any of these that feel wrong to you, but check to see if any of these tips might work for you and your family.
How to Live Cheaply Without Feeling Poor
So, if you’re wondering how to live cheaply without your quality of life dropping, note that you shouldn’t try any of these that feel wrong to you, but browse through them to see if any of these tips might work for you and your family.
Money Saving Life-Hacks
- Thrift Stores: Thrift stores offer used clothing and goods, often name brand items, at a fraction of the original price.
- If buying at a thrift shop, check things like zippers to make sure they work, and check for stains and unpleasant scents.
- Couponing: Couponing takes a lot of time if you want to really save money, but many couponers claim their per hour savings are equal to per hour earnings of $30 and higher.
- I have on occasion saved that kind of money, but I don’t tend to stick with couponing very long because it is – to me – a bit tedious.
- Clearance Racks: Take the time to check end-of-season clearance racks.
- Buy larger sizes for young children prone to growth spurts, or regular sizes for adults who are done growing.
- Online Auctions: Sites like eBay and Bidz sometimes offer deep discounts, but just like anywhere, you can also get gypped.
- Check seller ratings and make sure you shop around to know you are getting the best price before you bid.
- Discount Food Stores: Stores like Save-a-Lot and Aldi’s offer what is basically a generic line of food at discount prices, some of it better than brand names, others of it not so great.
- Bulk Food Coops: These can be hard to find, and are often local groups of residents working together to get better prices by buying in bulk.
- If you can’t find a local food buying coop, consider getting together with some friends and starting your own.
- Cooking in Bulk: This takes some extra planning and freezer space, but you can buy in bulk, make a large amount of food, and freeze the food in the size portions you need.
- It actually saves you time later. The only drawback is the extra planning time required.
Creative Ways to Save Money
We would love to hear your favorite creative ways to save money, so please, if you have any unique money-saving techniques share them here, or if you have written about the somewhere online, feel free to leave a link to the article.