3 Simple Swaps To Save You $300 This Month
We live in an era where living is so expensive. By the time we pay for mortgages/rent, utilities, transport, healthcare, food and the seemingly endless other things that empty our purses each month, it often doesn’t leave a lot left over for what I like to call ‘the pretty things’. You know, dresses, shoes, bags and the like! A friend recently asked me ‘how can I make an extra $300 this month to buy something I really want’. Rather than work harder for it, why not save it elsewhere? Here is how you can do it next time you are eyeing off something pretty that might not fit into your normal budget!
1. Ditch the takeaway coffee and make it at home
Now, I have to confess that I am not a coffee drinker, however my sister is a coffee lover and I know she needs her hit daily on the way to work. If you opt to make your own at home you can save yourself a bundle! Takeaway coffee = $4.50 VS homemade coffee = $0.50 – $1 (5 days a week).
Monthly savings ~ $75
2. Visit your local farmer market
Fruit, vegetables, honey, eggs, you name it, and you can probably find it at a local market direct from a farmer somewhere nearby. By buying direct you not only save money, but the environmental footprint is much smaller, and often you can find produce with less chemicals, or even organic. When we buy our fresh produce from the farmer market instead of a supermarket each week, we save anywhere between $30 and $40.
Monthly saving ~ $140
3. Swap the yoga studio for your lounge room
Do you know that there is an abundance of amazing yoga tutorials on YouTube? From beginner classes, to 30 day challenges, to some intensive practices for the hardcore yogi – you want it they’ve got it! And guess what? It’s FREE! And, you can do it from the comfort of your own home saving you the hassle of going out in the weather, driving across town (so you will save on gas too!) and having to brush your hair! At approximately $20 a week, your class fees added up in no time!
Monthly saving ~ $80
Of course, you may totally love going to yoga each week for an hour of bliss time – I get it! And if it is something you love, I don’t suggest giving it up indefinitely. However, next time you see a beautiful dress that you know you would feel amazing in, but just can’t see how you could fit it into your budget this month, consider some easy short term switches so you can make that dress yours!