Money Saving Tips from HomeFirst Certified

By: HomeFirst Certified
November 29, 2013
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Saving money is more important than ever. Expenses are rising in almost every area of life, and many struggle with bills and everyday expenses. If you are creative, there are many ways to cut back on spending. Here are some recommendations that can help you spend less without sacrificing your quality of life.

Save on Living Expenses

Whether you own or rent, a large portion of your income goes to shelter. One thing that you should do is take an honest look at your current living situation and decide if it’s really the best choice. Sometimes moving to a different neighborhood can mean saving substantially on rent.

If you are currently renting, you may be able to save by purchasing an economical home. Even people who think they can’t afford a home can get prequalified for financing.

Save Money Shopping

Shopping is something we all must do, but there are ways to do it more economically. For example:

  • Use coupons. This can be tedious, but it can really save you money over time.
  • Buy in bulk. Many items can be bought in bulk, or at least in larger quantities. You always pay more when you buy smaller boxes, cans or packages of products.
  • Don’t shop when you are hungry. This is an old truism, but it’s valid. You will tend to buy more junk food when you are hungry.
  • Shop strategically. Find out which stores offer the best deals on which products and shop accordingly.

Save Money on Entertainment

We live in a society that’s abundant with leisure and entertainment related activities. This is great in some ways, but it also gives us many reasons to spend lots of money. There are ways to cut back on entertainment spending and still find ways to have fun.

For example, do you really need a million cable TV channels? One option is to stop paying for cable altogether and watch TV on the internet via streaming services. This usually costs about one quarter the price of a typical cable bill.

Restaurants and eating out is another area where many people waste quite a bit of money. It’s fun to eat out sometimes, but if you are doing it several times per week it’s probably just a habit. Why not spend a little extra time cooking some nutritious and delicious meals? If your time is limited, one solution is to devote a few hours on a Sunday, or whenever you have free time, to cooking several dishes. This can supply you with a few major meals for the coming week.

Saving Money is a Skill You Can Acquire

Anyone can learn to save money more effectively. It’s usually a question of paying attention to all of the ways that you thoughtlessly let money slip through your hands. It can make a big difference if you make some small changes in a number of different areas, such as those discussed above.

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