There are many ways that people can save or stretch their money. You don’t have to do anything too outrageous to get your money to stretch. Today, I want to go over five ways to make your money stretch. You’re about to be shocked at how easy some of these things are.
Shop at thrift stores
I am a huge fan of shopping at thrift stores. There is nothing wrong with shopping there. Thrift stores have a lot of useful items for great prices. Some thrift stores offer better prices than some of the others. You will see that the more you visit different locations. You should purchase items that are versatile and can be worn in professional settings and everyday situations. Besides clothes, you can also buy dress shoes, glasses and coffee mugs for a low price as well.
Buy things in bulk
If you’re not already doing it, you should buy items in bulk. There are deals for certain items at Costco or Walmart when you buy them in bulk. Toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, shampoo, and soap are just a few of the items that you should consider buying in bulk. When you buy items in bulk, you’re saving money because you’re purchasing those things only a few times a year instead of every couple of weeks.
If there is public transportation available in the city that you live in, you should consider using it. It should give you a break from auto upkeep and gas prices. Your job may even give you a discount for using the public transportation. Another way that you will save money if you use public transportation is that you won’t have to pay for auto insurance anymore. Auto insurance premiums can be very expensive especially if you have an accident or a couple of violations. Sometimes premiums go up for no reason. That happened to me last year. While the increase wasn’t too much, it was still more than I used to pay.
Cook at home more
This is such an easy thing to do, but a lot of people are just lazy. Your wallet will thank you if you start doing this. If you don’t know how to cook, you need to learn. It is not difficult at all. You can make meals for a fraction of what you will pay when going out. Many stores offer coupons. That will help you save even more money.
Unplug some of your electronics
The last tip that I have for you today is to unplug some of your electronics when you’re not using them. I’m not talking about unplugging your computer or your refrigerator. I’m talking about unplugging things like your coffee maker, DVD player, phone chargers, and TVs. All of those things suck power even when you are not using them. I don’t even know how much money I’ve saved since I started unplugging stuff. What I do know is that for 2016 my light bill averaged out at $51 per month. I’m not complaining at all.