7 Surprising Ways to Save Money
Volunteering in a soup kitchen can be a great way to save money! I’ve learned that the best money saving strategies are simple choices that require very little effort or knowledge. These seven ways to save have nothing to do with numbers, policies, spreadsheets or budgets. In fact, they have nothing to do with money at all, but they can certainly help you financially when put into practice!
- Love Yourself - A healthy dose of self-esteem can work wonders on a budget. Sure your couch looks like it belongs in a college dorm, but if you aren’t concerned with impressing others it will suit your needs just fine. It costs a lot of money to keep up with the Joneses, especially since they put everything on credit! If you are comfortable with who you are and where you are in life you won’t be so likely to try and make yourself feel better by buying things.
- Pursue Your Hobbies – Do you have a passion for photography? Do you love to sew, write or work in the garage? Take time to develop your skills and you may soon have an alternate income stream.
- Volunteer - Spend time with those less fortunate than yourself. By lending a hand at the local shelter or soup kitchen it will be easy to remember just how much you do have. It’s hard to feel deprived if you are practicing gratitude!
- Change Your Mind – Remember you have the right to change your mind. If you have committed yourself to something that is no longer feasible than say so. Perhaps you won’t be able to visit the in-laws at Christmas or make the same big donation to your favorite charity this year.
- Slow Down – Avoid busying yourself and your family with too many activities. Put the car in the garage, turn off the TV, shut down the internet and just relax. Enjoy a meal together, talk or play a board game. Schedule a day or two for errands to avoid making too many runs during the week.
- Practice Visualization – Mentally prepare yourself before walking into a shopping center or receiving a large sum of money. Imagine how you will responsibly deal with the situation and how satisfying it will be to make good decisions. If you believe in the “Law of Attraction” you may also want to use your thoughts to bring more money your way!
- Be Generous – I’m not talking lavish gifts. You don’t even need to spend money if you offer your time and skills to help those around you. I’ve found it to be true that what goes around comes around and no doubt people will be more than happy to help you fix your car, paint your house or watch your kids if you have extended your hand in the past!
A note from Lynnae: Those of you who have read my site for any amount of time know that I don’t believe in the Law of Attraction. However, I do think there is something to be said for mental preparation. I also agree with Michelle that things like volunteering, which on the surface don’t seem to be compatible with saving money, often do save you money by changing your attitude towards spending. What do you think?
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