3 Lifestyle Changes Military Families Can Make To Save More Money
Have you ever wondered why you can’t seem to save money when you’ve already tried some of the most tried and tested budgeting hacks out there? You’re not alone as a majority of people in the country are doing all they can to put away funds for a rainy day. A poll reveals that 62% of Americans prefer to save money than spend it. If you’re constantly wondering where your money is going, it’s possible that some of your daily habits are costing you. You may not realize it, but it’s likely that some of your seemingly harmless purchases are hurting your wallet. But by making a few lifestyle changes, you may be able to pay off your credit card bills, afford a nice vacation, or even have enough money to start a small home business this year. It’s imperative to make these changes as military families are likely to see more financial problems with large-scale deployments coming to an end. Here are some lifestyle changes to make to save more money.
Learn new skills and do it yourself
Do you have a habit of calling in contractors or going to a professional whenever you need something done? One of the best ways that you can stop wasting money and build wealth is to do things yourself. Whether it’s baking a cake, coloring your hair, doing a simple manicure, basic plumbing, sewing, or doing simple repairs around the house, learning a new set of skills can help you save money this year. Check YouTube for tutorials and give something a-go today—you may be surprised at how easy it is to do something once you’ve taken the time to learn it.
Buy well-made items
You may think that opting for the cheap stuff can you save money, until it breaks down on you or it needs to get replaced. Keep in mind that often, buying two cheap, inferior items will cost more than purchasing one thing that costs more but is built to last longer. With that being said, don’t go for the highest-priced item just because you can—oftentimes, products that are priced mid-range work just as well as premium items, without the sticker shock.
Pack your lunch
A delicious lunch at a café or the trendy restaurant from across your office may feel like a treat after a busy morning. But did you know that buying your lunch every weekday can end up costing you more than a thousand dollars by the end of the year? To save money, simply bring a packed lunch to work every day. If you don’t have the time or energy to make a healthy packed lunch every single day, at least try to do so every other day, or prepare meals that don’t require cooking at least twice a week such as salads and sandwiches.
By making a few lifestyle changes, you can save up, trim down and eliminate debt, and avoid making unnecessary purchases. Follow these tips to make positive lifestyle changes and save more money in 2018.