As you might know I’m an aspiring student whose boyfriend (who happens to celebrate his birthday today) lives in India and whose best friend just returned to Taiwan.
I’m also a girl who loves to shop! Not necessarily clothes (although of course I buy those too!), but earrings, bracelets, Body Shop yummy-smelling stuff, pens of all kinds, books and the list goes on!
Oh, I’m also trying to save up for an apartment (not planning to move out as yet, but you never know) 🙂
Here are a couple things I do to save some money for the good things in life:
1.Do stuff around the house and ask for some money for it
For example; taking out the trash, mopping and vacuum cleaning, taking the dog out for a walk, making food, there are endless possibilities!
2. Quit the “candy day”-habit
I’ve finally decided to quit my once-a-week candy day (we’d get a bag of candy every Saturday) and ask to have the money instead. This is a super-easy way of getting a reasonable amount of money – about 4€ each week, 16-20€ each month!
If you don’t have a candy-day you just have to stop buying candy altogether!
3. Take out bottles and cans
Over here we get money for recycling cans and bottles, so it’s sort of natural for people to take them to the stores and use the money right away. Well, since I don’t buy my own groceries I simply ask the cashier to give me the coins I’ve “earned” by recycling the cans! 🙂 SUPER easy (and good for the environment!)
4. Take advantage of your weaknesses!
Is there a subject you’re not-too-good at? Ask for a reward when you do good in a test or get a good final grade! (I need to do this with maths.. and probably chem and physics too 😛 )
5. Think twice buy once
Don’t buy anything just because you like it! Think of whether you’ll use it or will it just end up as clutter?
6. Sell your old stuff
This is great in a number of ways, but most of all you’ll get money for stuff you no longer use/need – that technically counts as “free money”, right? 😀
Also, you’ll get room for new stuff – think twice buy once!!
7. Try the thrift shop
They’re everywhere and you can find some amazing stuff there for virtually no money at all! Plus, there is a much slimmer chance that someone from your school will have the same clothes as you 😉
8. Keep your house organized
If your pens are all over the place you won’t remember what all you have and you’re much more likely to buy something you already have. Same goes for clothes, shoes, sewing materials, spices, cleaning supplies, DVD’s – everything!!
9. Have a goal (and time-frame)
It’s easier to save for something as opposed to just saving. When you know what you want you’re less likely to spend the money you’re saving.
If you get money once a month try to see how much you need to save each month to reach your goal within the time-frame you’ve set up. This will keep you more focused and determined!
10. Opt for cash
If possible, stop using your credit card! It’s so much easier to spend money when you don’t know exactly how much (or little!) money you have left. When you use cash you’re forced to prioritize, hence making you less likely to spend money on stuff you don’t really need!
Of course there are many more ways to save money, but these are the ten that I find it easiest to follow for the time being. I don’t have a job, so I can’t save incredible sums each month. I can, however, do my best not to waste my precious money on useless crap! (please excuse the expression)
I know I’m saving for a lot of things, but it’s not like all of this is going to happen this very second! I have time!!