Work and Money
I Stopped Buying These 4 Things And Saved So Much Money
Between feeling prepared for unforeseen financial circumstances to being able to confidently invest in some of my larger long-term goals, saving money is something that never fails to bring me immense peace of mind. Sometimes you don’t realize how much money you’re truly spending until you sit back and evaluate what your daily or monthly expenses look like.
On a mission to save even more money for myself, I decided to do just that. After evaluating what I typically spend my money on, I was able to identify certain things that I truly don’t need to be buying as often as I do. Doing so has allowed me to make an indescribable change in how much money I’m saving. And it was all very simple. The following are four of the biggest things I’ve stopped purchasing to save money:
For all the coffee lovers out there, this one is hard. My endless purchasing of coffee developed in college. When needing a pick-me-up in the mornings to tackle long study sessions, I would always get coffee on my college campus — especially since there were so many solid locations to choose from that were all in close proximity.
While it took me way longer to hop onboard the at-home coffee train, I finally did after discovering a recipe that worked well for me. Making your own coffee at home can make such a difference in your savings. While it may not feel like we’re spending a ton of money when we buy our coffee, it all adds up faster than we think. My biggest tip? Find a recipe or a brand that works best for you! Your wallet will thank you.
Staying active is a priority for me. Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of memberships and experiences trying fancy workout classes and gyms. But one pattern I noticed is that there hasn’t been one that I’ve consistently stuck with. Whether we realize it or not, there are plenty of ways to stay active in our very own space.
To replace a gym membership, YouTube videos, local trails and parks, and affordable online workout challenges have been my savior. There are many free workouts and resources online that you can do on your own time. Checking out your local trails and parks is a great way to stay active. Living in an apartment or house where noise can be a problem? Look up “apartment-friendly workouts” online. You’ll find so many varieties of workouts that don’t require too much intensity but still get the job done.
Bottled water is something I learned had a significant impact on my wallet — way later than I should have. One of my friends in college always kept a Brita filter in her fridge that she would refill with tap water every night. In the mornings, she would just fill up her water bottle with the filtered water and head to class.
Thinking back, I can’t believe how oblivious I was to how much I was spending on loading up on new cases of bottled water nearly every week. I eventually adopted the same practice as my friend and it made such a difference to my savings. It also saved me a lot of trips lugging heavy cases of bottled water up numerous flights of stairs!
Cable TV is actually something that I cut out years ago. With the amount of streaming options online, this is something that is only becoming easier for people to do themselves. There’s no question that cable television has become a staple in our homes over the years. But, thanks to the internet, there are many alternatives that exist that cost a lot less than what you’d spend for actual cable TV.
Above all, I’ve learned that there are so many things out there that we can cut out of our lives to save money. Step back, evaluate what your expenses look like, and identify areas of change. Just eliminating one or two things can make all the difference!