You’ve already cut back on your utilities bills, used coupons and discounts to buy most of your groceries, and you walk and cycle wherever you can instead of taking your car. But after a few weeks, you start to feel a bit trapped by your new budget. Do you dare risk a night out, or will that set you back on grocery money this week? Where do you draw the line when you’ve set some money aside for a small shopping spree? You may be saving money, but it soon starts to feel like it’s costing you your social life.
There are many ways to cut back without cutting back, but there are even more ways to live a life of luxury without blowing through your carefully calculated budget. Of course, you will eventually be able to afford a vacation or a new gadget if you save, but there is no reason why you shouldn’t yourself while you save.
There is a lot of advice out there to help you save money on your essentials, such as this article, but the following is a list of ways to treat yourself while barely spending a penny.
Inevitably, you will have to buy new things each season, such as fresh makeup, summer clothing, or skincare products. You’ll have to get creative, but you can save money and still have a fresh look each season. There are plenty of home remedies online for face masks, or hair products, which only require things you’d put on your grocery list. You could even set aside a Saturday and do a spa day in the comfort of your home for a fraction of the price.
New wardrobe for free
Everyone needs to buy new clothes at some point, whether for practical purposes or because they’d like something new for the changing season. The easiest solution is to shop in thrift stores, but if you’re handy with a needle, you could upcycle your clothes into something new or simply repair a few holes. If you have friends who are also looking to buy new clothes get everyone together for a clothes swap. You’ll all have a whole new look, without having spent a penny.
Newer isn’t always better
It seems that every year an electronics giant announces that they’ll be releasing a new model later that year, even though it seems like they’ve just released their old one. Fortunately for you, this means that the prices drop on the previous model, making it more affordable than it was when it first came out. More importantly, they still perform most of the same functions as the new release, so you’re not missing out on much if you don’t buy the latest gadget.
You may have to save up a bit of money, but there are plenty of holiday destinations to choose from that won’t eat your savings. You can save even more money on accommodation by booking with Airbnb or a cheap hotel.