Everyone is on a budget. So how do you develop frugal habits and save money? Here are a few suggestions for you.
- There are hobbies you can take up which are low cost or free such as at home aerobics, painting or sketching. If you purchase a few ingredients you can go baking and make some biscuits or a cake!
- There are low-cost German supermarkets you can visit in Galway or anywhere in Ireland. That would be my first suggestion. Don’t forget about the pound shop. You can find many great brands at lower prices. You can try bidding on eBay, you never know what you might find.
- If you are a designer friend like myself, you can always try eBay or charity shops. I once found a pair of Tommy Hilfiger Trousers in a charity shop. It was in Oxfam and although they were quite tight at the time, I bought them as I love them. Always check label!
- I personally use the bank money bags to save my change. I have a glass jar that holds the money bags until they are full and can be swapped with the bank for actual banknotes.
- Another suggestion is to try selling stuff. Try online marketplaces such as Galway buy and sell. You can even open a Depop shop to sell your clothes.
- Try cooking at home using fresh ingredients instead of buying processed food items. If you have certain cupboard staples such as pasta, beans, or eggs, you can make healthy food quite quickly and cheaply.
- Fix your clothes by doing your own sewing. You can learn how to sew for free off Youtube.
- Buying a bike is a good way to save money and it’s a fun way to exercise. Not so handy if it’s raining. However, you can always choose to walk to save money as well.
- On a night out, try and choose the early bird menu and split the bill between everyone. It might be better if everyone pays for their own drinks as some might have more expensive tastes than others.