Life is full of a lot of ways to spend money, but seemingly a lot less ways to save money. While you can save money by not spending it in the first place, in life that’s often pretty impossible to do. The trick is to become so good at sniffing out the deals and making the most out of every opportunity in life that you’re saving money in comparison to what you would be spending if you just did things without caring about the cost in the first place.
Since not spending money isn’t always an option, here are some unique ways to save money in day to day life. If you implement these practices into your routine, you’ll find that you’ve got a lot more to spend on the fun things in life.
Shop Close to Home
You may have a favorite store, but if it’s 10 miles away, the opportunity cost to visit your favorite store might not make it worth the drive. If you want to save money in little ways that actually add up pretty quickly, avoid driving long distances to get groceries or the other things you need in life.
When things are closer, you might be more apt to just walk instead of drive your vehicle in the first place, and that saves you money and gets you exercise at the same time. Find out locations and hours of stores near you, and get saving now.
Save and Eat Leftovers
You’d be surprised how many people in life either throw away their leftovers from dinner, only make enough for one meal, or put them in the fridge and don’t end up eating them at all. This is extremely wasteful in many regards. When you make enough food for leftovers, it lessens your chances of being too tired to cook and spending money out or ordering takeout.
Not only will you save yourself time from just heating up leftovers, which translates as money, you’ll also save yourself real money as mentioned above. Get used to eating leftovers, because they’re a big money saver.
Make Energy Saving Habits
It can be easy to get in the habit of leaving a light on, cranking the heat at all hours of the day, and leaving the door open when you run out to the car. This costs you more money than you even probably realize. If you don’t need to have a light on, if you don’t need to run the water that long, and if you don’t need to keep the door open, don’t do it.
If you manage your energy usage every day you’ll end up saving big month to month which equates to a lot of extra money to play with when vacation comes calling.