When one speaks of living a simple and measured lifestyle, many people think that it means moving to a quiet place, away from the distractions and temptations of the modern world. It is true that today there are many small (and large) luxuries that seem to have become indispensable in everyday life. But they are not.
Switching mobile phones with each new launch of a certain brand is not inevitable. To embrace less luxurious living, it is necessary to make sacrifices that, over time, become positive. Often not just for your bank account but also for body and soul. Here are 14 tips for a frugal life.
- Have a basic mobile phone
Instead of a smartphone, where you waste hours on unnecessary and often futile applications, try to have a basic mobile phone, just for calls and messages. You will discover new, healthier ways to pass the time. Also, you can make good money by selling your current mobile phone.
- End the cable television
This is one of the little luxuries that seem to have become indispensable. The truth is that it is not. How many channels does a person to live a meaningful and happy life? Get rid of the cable bill and embrace other ways of spending time, such as reading a book, doing crossword puzzles, or simply socializing with family and friends.
- Use public transport
If you cannot get around on foot or by bicycle, do it by public transport. Not only will you save money but also decrease the environmental damage caused by your carbon footprint. Moving in this way is great for getting to know the more genuine side of a place and the people moving around it.
- Stop printing things
Nowadays, this is no longer necessary (except for some obsolete services). Use a good cloud storage service, leave your documents there and you’re done. When going to an event, see if it is possible to present the ticket on the cell phone, receiving tickets at home is a thing of the past decade. Even know why the online ticket took the place of the paper ticket.
- Save on natural resources
In addition to stopping printing to make the trees happy, shorten the time in the shower. Brazilians are the people in the world who take the most showers. Whenever possible, take only one bath per day.
- Make a mini vegetable garden
It’s super cool to take care of your own vegetable garden, and in addition to saving money, you’ll feed yourself better by having fresh herbs and spices at your fingertips.
- Get rid of credit cards
Instead of using credit cards to buy something that is out of your monetary reach, stick to what you can afford. If necessary, for example, to purchase a flight online, opt for temporary credit cards.
- Get rid of unnecessary items
Accumulating unnecessary items is not a particularly difficult task. At home, there are many pieces that, we tend to keep for longer than we should.
Organize a small garage sale or place the items on second-hand buying and selling websites. You will see that you will have more free space at home and less in the bank.
- End ancillary costs
This is one of the most important tips for having a frugal life. Many people pay high-school fees when, in fact, they are rarely there. Others receive a monthly magazine at home that ends up getting dust on the bookshelf.
If you have an expense that you consider unnecessary, get rid of it. Attention: this does not mean that you have to give up the things you like. Choose to exercise without spending money and jump to the nearest library to get your reading up to date.
- Maintain a record of expenditure
So you can better manage your finances, it is important that you know how and where you spend your money. Keep an expense journal so that at the end of the month you can see what you can save in the future.
- Make better use of time
Pay attention to how you use your free time. Try to fill it in meaningfully and avoid daydreams that will bring nothing positive. With the arrival of sunny days, outdoor events are not uncommon where you can enjoy yourself without having to spend money. Explore the options and fill your time simply and happily.
- Use mileage programs
Nothing better than not paying for your next trip or maybe even changing the points for that purpose you need. Mileage programs are a great long-term option to increase your benefits on top of your purchases.
- Take preventive tests
As they say, having health and peace, the rest of us chase after. The laziness of now can get expensive up there, and I’m not just talking about money here. Have you ever been to the dentist this year? And an overall checkup with the right to fast and blood test?
- Do it yourself
Sewing a dress, painting an item of antique furniture, beyond the budget, learning new things is a great way to exercise your mind and de-stress.
Enriching, in the case of this text, is not only about money, but also about how we live life, how we consume natural resources, how we behave and much more.