1. Stop purchasing cheap clothes. Cheap clothing stores are great when you’re looking for a quick outfit to wear for a night out, but don’t expect those clothes to last you into next year. Cheaper clothing is often made from cheaper material that’s not able to hold up to normal wear and tear. Purchase higher quality clothing. You’ll have to purchase fewer clothes to stay within your budget, but that’s okay. Instead of buying five inexpensive shirts, buy two shirts that fit you well and look great. Higher-quality clothes last longer and if you purchase clothes off-season, you can find them at a deep discount as stores are slashing prices to make room for the styles for the upcoming season.
* Estate sales are a great way to find the designer clothing at a bargain price.
2. Take advantage of Groupon and Living Social Deals. Even the fanciest of restaurants aren’t packed at all hours, so they offer deals to help spread the word and to bring new customers into their establishments. Higher-end restaurants are often nearly empty earlier in the evening. By purchasing a Groupon or Living Social deal, you can eat at great restaurants for a fraction of the cost. We purchased a Groupon to a restaurant we’d been wanting to visit for a while, but our budget would never allow. Through Groupon, we were able to purchase a deal that would allow us to dine at this particular restaurant at a 50% savings.
3. Do your manicure at home: Weekly manicures can become expensive. Especially if priced at $10-$15 per visit plus the tip. Instead of going to the salon take the time to do your manicure at home. If you want your manicure to last your longer than a week invest in a at home Gel nails systems. These systems can be found at your local Sally’s or even ordered online. Gel nails will give you a great looking manicure for up to 3 weeks before needed a refresh. This will save you time and money
4. Be willing to move. Many people get comfortable in their situation and are afraid to move or just simply don’t want to. This could mean moving down in home or moving to a new city or state for a better-paying opportunity. Ask yourself, do you need to live in the apartment with the upgraded kitchen? Do you really need to pay the additional $150 for the walk in closet? If you can stay in the same apartment complex but downsize to a cheaper apartment with fewer upgrades you may want to consider it. Remember, it’s only for a short time until you get you finances in order.
5. Choose your vacation destinations wisely. There are many parts of the world where your dollar will take you further. It’s not difficult to find an exotic, safe, and inexpensive vacation destination. This is where you can take advantage of Groupon and Living Social deals all over again. If there is a trip, you have your eye on plan it a couple of years out. This will give you time to work the cost of the trip into your budget that will allow you to save and pay the whole thing with cash instead of putting it all on a credit card. You’ll save money and vacation like a millionaire.
7. Pay for the amenities, but not the hotel room. Many fancy hotels are now offering access to their amenities, for a price. You can use the pool, beach, towels, and fitness center for a very reasonable price without the cost of an expensive hotel room. Find out the cost of a hotel’s amenities and have a girls day at the pool. Snap tons of photo’s for your social media accounts. No one will ever know that you didn’t stay at the hotel.
8. Prioritize. The more you prioritize your purchases, the less money you spend. Consider cutting unnecessary expenses and focusing your dollars on the things that matter, like piling up savings, and paying down debt. Can’t afford that pricey lawn service? Get out there yourself or hire the kid next door for a fraction of the cost. Want a deeper discount? Consider getting a membership to a wholesale store like Costco and BJ’s. This way you can do your shopping in bulk while still using coupons and not worry about prices fluctuating from week to week on things you need.
9. Keep fresh flowers around the house. A $5 investment each week can really add a touch of class to your home. Do you have space in your yard for a flower garden? Planting a mixture of wildflowers is simple, and they grow successfully without a lot of attention.
10. Have fancy coffee sparingly. It’s silly to spend $5 on a cup of coffee, but some of us can’t help it because let’s face it coffee can be addicting. Save money by creating a coffee bar at home for a fraction of what it would cost you to have bought a cup of coffee each day. This way you can have friends over for an inexpensive get-together. You can play barista and catch up on the latest deets from all your friends.
What tips do you have to live wealthy on a budget? Share them below in the comments.