If you are someone who understands that they have a weakness of saving money, here are some tips on saving yourself the trouble of having the middle of month blues because your paycheck ran out and you are dead broke to anything but settle your diet onto noodle cups and variations of bread and butter recipes.
- Going for the happy hours
Most of us end work somewhere in the happy hours of restaurants and pubs and while some of us may not drink, we might end up being dragged along by friends and colleagues on their bar hopping or other random adventures when night falls. Foursquare is a great website that allows you to find drink specials on local bars and restaurants. Once your friends are done with one bar and wants to hit another, you should either bail straight-out or go for a dirt-cheap drinks special.
- Do potlucks with friends and neighbours
This is especially good for students in dorms to follow as it will be easier for you to make food and also invite people. But a potluck is the easiest method for like-minded people to save on their time, energy and money. Eating with people is good for your mental health anyway, so add that to the bonuses of doing a potluck along with saving some money so you will not have to business networking in Sydney at bartercard of your parents or something absurd as such.
- Library card
If you live in a neighbourhood where getting your food done at home is not something plausible due to excess noise or whatnot, then go for a library card. This will allow you free access to space, silence and also material to help you along the way. Library memberships are usually free or very cheap and you do not need to buy a latte to soothe the guilt. You can also borrow movies, magazines, newspapers and other sorts of things (and libraries are usually up to date or you can order from another library to delivery to your own one) to help you spend away your weekends without ending up paying for the theatre.
- Ditch subscriptions
If you end up with a stack of magazines every day or every month that you do not even read (and end up at your recyclables pile) then it is time to go online and get your unsubscribe vibe going. Even if you think that per month fee is not that big, there is a lot more charged with the services, taxes and also the whole amount allocates to a lot at the end of the year.
- Clean the closet and rooms
Take a weekend off and clean your apartment or house to see if there are things that you can sell or donate. This will end up giving you space and also you will find all the forgotten things that you wanted some time ago. It will also most likely, end up cutting a ton of items on your to-buy list, because you had them in the first place. This will save up on going for the black market or having ways to improve cash flow for some cash.
Take care of what you have, appliances, décor and clothes and everything so you do not have to replace things so easily.