When it comes to our finances, there’s a lot at stake. After all, money makes the world go ‘round, and we don’t want to drift off into space, so to speak. However, the world seems more than happy to separate us from our hard earned cash, and that’s because it was designed from the ground up to do just that. It’s not all bad, though. There are a number of small ways to stretch your dollar further. You just have to know where to look. Capitalism counts on you not knowing where to look. That’s how they get you, but with some insight, patience, and awareness, you can stop the over spending that you’ve been tricked into accepting as the way of things your whole life. Here are some tips.
First and foremost, learn to save in the grocery store. One way to save in the grocery store is the forego convenience food items. These include frozen meals and other pre made and/or pre cooked meals that are usually found in the frozen food section. These items save you time in the kitchen and the energy needed to cook, but you’re paying extra for the luxury, and you’re over paying, at that. Therefore you should bite the bullet and start cooking your own meals using fresh ingredients. This will save you a ton and is well worth the time investment of cooking. Then, there’s the matter of brands. Name brand products may be all you ever see in the aisles of your local grocery store, and the big companies pay top dollar to make that happen. It’s all a trick, however, and you need only look down, as big brands have exclusive rights to the eye level shelves. Ignore the stigma associated with off brand products; it’s mere propaganda. Off brand products are almost always as good as the name brand variety.
Another way to save is kind of counterintuitive, but it works in the long run. What I mean is to simply drive less. You may think this is just to save on gas money, which is part of it, and every little bit counts, but my concern is costly repairs. Simply walk when you’re able to stave off those costly repairs for long. If you’re traveling out of town, take a rental car from Sixt to spare your vehicle the wear and tear that will eventually cost you big.