There are a few tried-and-true tips for saving money that remain as useful today as they were decades ago. Give these timeless cash-collecting tips a try.
1. Forage for food.
Not only is foraging for fruits and vegetables a great way to save money off your grocery haul, but it’s also a great family activity.
2. Cut and save coupons.
Coupons can still be an important way to trim some money off your spending. Always keep a stash of them in your home, as you never know when they will come in handy. Save even more money with the latest discount codes.
3. Visit the flea markets.
There’s always a bargain to be had at a flea market. Make sure you arrive early and are ready to haggle, and you could be coming away with some real bargains.
4. Grow your own fruits and vegetables.
Growing your own produce in the garden is not only a satisfying way to get your fruit and veggies, but it also saves you from buying them for hiked-up prices at the supermarket.
5. Alter your clothes.
Nowadays, we’re likely to fix our hole-filled garments by going shopping to replace them. This, of course, can cost a bundle, so why not get your sewing kit out and mend any holes, sew on the buttons and darn your socks? If the item seem irreparable, customize and turn it into something different.
6. Wash your clothes by hand.
Your washing machine roughly uses a significant amount of electricity for a one-hour wash, so doing two loads a week for a year would cost you an average of $60. Try the old-fashioned approach and wash your clothes by hand to help cut back on these costs.
7. Be resourceful.
Before you throw something in the bin, think first about whether you could upcycle or reuse that product for something else. If you’re creative about how you repurpose your old junk, you can save yourself from blowing cash on something new.
8. Shop at secondhand stores.
Another timeless way to save money and beat overpriced malls is to shop in thrift and secondhand stores. A helpful tip is to always ask staff if any new stock has recently come in, as this will get you a leg up on the best deals ahead of other customers.
9. Fatten up your piggy bank.
Getting an old-fashioned piggy bank to store any small change in is a great way to save up coins that you otherwise might’ve spent on smaller purchases. Wait until it is full, and if lucky you may well have saved enough money to splash out on something extravagant.
10. Ditch your card for cash.
Having your card on you means you run the risk of burning through your money by making quick mindless purchases. Take out all the cash you need at the start of the week and leave your card at home, as you’ll be more likely to spend frugally without it.
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