Most people my age are victims to over-spending and buying sh*t they don’t need. Fortunately, my husband and I are not in debt because we are conscious of our spending habits. I am what you would call a person who lives within reason and yet, I shop for brand names and avoid second-hand products. My husband, on the other hand, has no problem buying used electronics to save some money. Just because one chooses to buy less stuff, doesn’t mean that gently used is the only option.
You can learn to cut back on unnecessary spending and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some tips on how to save money whether you are a college student or a Millennial who needs to cut back on frivolous spending and curb your bad habits.
- Think before you buy When you receive your next paycheck, birthday money etc. you don’t need to spend it immediately. You can’t think rich if you keep blowing your money on materialistic things or wants. It’s not about how much money you make; it’s how much money you save.
- Less is more Do you really need 4 tablets, 2 laptops and 3 smartphones with unlimited data and roaming? No. You don’t need data on your tablet when you travel and you don’t need the latest tech gadgets. This is not only expensive but it won’t keep you satisfied. Like video game or manga collecting, it gets old after a while, you’ll grow bored or it and you’ll move on. Collecting stuff might not make you happy in the long-run after all.
- Shop at discount stores If you can find the same brands at a discount store, then shop there. I compare the volume to price and compare items based on weight. My husband taught me this trick so I don’t get wrapped up in shopping at discount stores even if it’s not actually a bargain in comparison. Sometimes upgrading to a larger size elsewhere makes sense, like dish soap. But often I can get away with shopping at Dollarama for the same brands.
- Don’t collect multiples This is an ongoing problem at my mom’s house. She often buys multiple items of the same thing because she forgets what she already owns. Items like food in the fridge often get lost and forgotten. Not only is this a waste of money, but chances are you’ll end up throwing these expired products in the trash. I try not to buy multiples by keeping track of what I own which is easier when you own less in the first place. Do you really need 5 bottles of soap from Bath and Body Works? Unless there is an amazing sale on soap and you plan on giving them away as gifts, skip the multiples.
- Make it Yourself Do you have a habit of getting drive-thru drinks every time you leave the house? Do you need that daily 3 PM caffeine boost? Make it yourself. It’s very cheap to make a smoothie at home but it requires a little effort. I prefer to take the DIY route plus I can control what I put in my body (calories, fat, ingredients). With the internet being readily available to us, there are DIY projects from Starbucks mock-cappuccinos to bath bombs.
- Cancel your subscriptions As much as I enjoy reading magazines, much of what I read becomes redundant over time. There are a couple magazines that I really enjoy but even these get old after a while. Magazines are also quite pricey so it makes sense to order a yearly subscription. The only problem is that I was locked into a 2-year subscription Cosmopolitan even though I got bored of reading them after a few months. I couldn’t care less about the advertisements, makeup, and fashion sections (more ads for expensive products we don’t actually need).
- Rewire Your Brain Have a broke student mentality. If you have ever been in post-secondary school, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Much of changing a habit begins with the way you think. By thinking a certain way, over time you can reprogram your brain to understand these “sacrifices” won’t leave you feeling deprived. Since adopting a minimalist mindset, I am much happier with what I have and I no longer chase the latest shiny thing that’s waved in my face.
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