Being frugal these days has become more than a necessity – it has become a choice for a lot of people who simply don’t want to face financial issues in the future. Frugality does not have to mean you are depriving yourself from the “basics”, though. In fact, with a bit of know-how and determination, you can learn to live a healthy, frugal and happy life as well. Following, we have gathered some great tops to help you be more frugal (and happier at the same time) – so make sure you read on and find out more!
Go the DIY Route
A lot of the things you regularly spend money on can be made at home, for a much lower price. For instance, you could grow your own food (and even if you don’t actually have a yard, you can at least plant herbs and small vegetables in pots in your apartment). Even more, you can also make your own alcohol, detergents, soaps and many other things you use on a regular basis. The initial investment may seem expensive, but the truth is that you will end up saving a lot of money on the long run.
We all know that working out is essential for your good health – and nothing (not even frugality) should stop you from getting your regular dose of exercises. Good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune on going to the gym several times a week – you can also work out in a very cheap (and even free) way. Yoga, dancing, jogging, biking – these types of work outs do not have to cost you much else than the basic equipment (and they will still provide you with tons of benefits).
The Stranger Test
Whenever you feel tempted to buy something that was not in your plan, think of the “stranger test”. Basically, you should imagine yourself being offered either the money (that you would spend on that particular item) or the actual item. Which one you would choose? If you would much rather go for the money, then it means that you may not actually want to buy that item right now.
Really, this magic potion works for so many household-related tasks that it will be impossible not to reap all the advantages of working with it. White wine vinegar can help you disinfect and clean the floors, to remove the odours from the refrigerator, to add some extra-shine to your hair and to disinfect your clothes as well. Since this is a very cheap product, using it will not cost you very much – but it will surely provide you with plenty of benefits!
Deep Freeze Everything
If you have baked too much bread, made too much food or simply chose to buy in bulk, you can always rest assured that freezing everything will keep it unaltered. Plus, it can really save you a lot of money too – so you might consider investing in a quality deep freezer!