A lot of us want to live a simple life but when we try to put it into practice, our accumulated stuff, bad spending habits and lack of preparedness get in the way.
It’s easy to start the new year with good intentions only to fall off the wagon by February 1. If you want to save money this year and create a more peaceful, simple lifestyle, small changes can have big results. The ideas below will help you to save money all while living more simply. Save this post to Pinterest.
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21 Ways To Live A Simple Life in 2018
1.Make full use of your backyard for gardening. Grow fruit and vegetables and you might be able to grow enough to last you for the whole summer plus have tons left to freeze or can.
2. Identify your pressure points and prepare in for them. For instance, if you know a few nights a week get crazy, always have a tin of soup in the cupboard or a pizza in the freezer so that you don’t resort to pricey take-out.
3. Only buy clothes when something essential has worn out and needs replacing. Bonus points if you buy it from a thrift store.
4. Unsubscribe from all mailing lists or use UnrollMe to digest them so you aren’t tempted by yet another 40% off sale.
5. Create a basic list of easy meals (few ingredients, quick prep. time) that are wholesome, frugal and freeze well.
6. Keep only books and movies that have meaning or that you know you will read again. Don’t buy new books, instead, borrow from the library.
7. Try camping for your vacation this year. It’s a cheap way to explore the country and can be great fun!
8. Don’t buy snacks (apart from fruit and nuts) and don’t spend money on sodas and juices.
9. Some investments can make the simple life easier and save money in the long run; a Crock-Pot Slow Cooker or Instant Pot can save so much time and allow you to use cheaper cuts of meat for stews and casseroles.
10. Likewise, a hand blender is awesome for making batches for soup that you can freeze to have on hand for chilly days.
11. Take advantage of your neighborhood by exploring on foot, going for nature walks, visiting local parks and libraries without spending money. Even ice skating can be free if you live in the right climate.
12. Focus on the idea of spending your money on “doing rather than having”.
13. Look for cheap forms of entertainment. Instead of fancy concerts, check out local talent at the Legion or local bars and community centers. My local library holds free movie screenings once a month and churches often have community events.
14. Even if you are not extreme enough to dumpster dive or do other “extreme cheapskate” hobbies, foraging for fruit or even home decor can be fun and save you a lot of money. Blackberries, for example, are rampant in many areas in the summer and are great as a snack or in pies. Pinecones make great decor for the fall or winter.
15. If you are getting bored of your clothes but don’t want to buy more, consider hosting a clothing swap with a group of friends. Bring your unwanted clothes and try everyone else’s on. I’ve done this a bunch of times with friends and it is such a fun afternoon plus I went home with some “new to me” items for free!
16. Avoid the pressure to conform! It’s so easy to fall into the “keeping up with the Joneses” trap and spend money just because you think you need something even if you don’t really want it.
17. If you do buy snack items such as crackers or raisins for your kids, don’t buy the individual packages that always cost more just for the convenience. Get the big value packs then portion them out yourself into mini Tupperware or plastic baggies.
18. Always ask for a discount in stores if you find an item damaged or without a tag. Even discount stores are normally willing to give you 10% off if an item is slightly damaged but completely usable.
19. If you have young children, make sure to take advantage of wear policies at children’s clothing stores. My local Walmart will replace any clothes or shoes for free if they wear out before your child has outgrown them. I was able to exchange a pair of shoes for a brand new pair thanks to this awesome policy. Just make sure to keep your receipt.
21. Don’t get sucked into the oxymoron of buying books and magazines that promise organizing tips or ideas for simple living. Borrow them from the library or friends or use Pinterest for a whole wealth of free ideas.
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