If you’ve never had to watch your money before, chances are you do now. Here’s 6 ways to save money in our bad economy.
1. Visit the library.
I’m a voracious reader. Chances are you are too. I used to tell myself that if I spent lots of money on books, that’s okay. After all, they’re books. Today, in our bad economy, I don’t say that. Instead, I resurrected my library card. As an author, I would prefer to buy books and support other authors rather than hit the library. However, until things improve, the library is one of the ways to save money.
2. Cut your hair short.
When I used to have hair down to my shoulders, it looked great, but “Beyonce” hair cost a fortune. Seventeen years ago I cut my hair short, which has been perfect for a bad economy. I invested in a home hair cutting system, under $100, and my husband cuts my hair twice a week. If I want to color it, I do it myself. Does your hair look better when it is done professionally? Yes. However, now is the time to find ways to save money. You can throw thousands of dollars back into your hair when the economy improves.
3. Use baking soda to clean your home.
Throw out the commercial cleaners and replace them with baking soda. Baking soda cost about $1 a box. Use it to deodorize your carpets; use it to clean out your microwave, refrigerator and bath tub; use it to clean your sinks, your counters, your toilets and your tile. Using baking soda instead of commercial cleaners is one of the ways to save money and is healthier for you and the environment. Recycle a box when you’re done with it.
4. Buy your clothes and shoes from the thrift store, garage sales or estate sales.
Nowadays, thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales are all the rage, especially in a bad economy. Why pay $100 for a leather skirt, when you can get one for $4? Find a good quality thrift store, that is not overpriced, and be prepared to search. Look in your local paper for garage sales and estate sales. Often you can find your best bargains there. One of my best garage sale finds was a pair of Burberry sandals for $2.
5. Cook your own meals.
Even if you don’t visit fine restaurants, you’re probably spending too much money at junk food joints, without even realizing it. One of the ways to save money is to prepare menus and to buy the food that you will need for the menus. Cooking instead of eating out will not only save you money, but you will find that you eat healthier. If you think that you don’t have time to cook, look for a cookbook with quick meals such as The 5 in 10 Cookbook or 365 Easy Meals.
6. Invest in a pair of running shoes, a Pilates rope and drop your health club membership.
If you’re in good health, one of the ways to save money is to ditch your health club and start a running program. You’ll need a good pair of running shoes. For extra toning and strengthening, invest in a Pilates rope.