Many people change their lifestyles to live more simply, whether by necessity or by choice.
Surprisingly, they often experience positive and healthy results in the process.
If you decided to live with less these days, use these tips to stay happy, healthy and work towards your financial success.
Rule #1: Be Frugal and Shop Smart
Write a list before you go to a grocery store, use coupons whenever you can, buy produce only when it’s in season, and stock up on canned foods, pastas and other items when they are on sale.
Rule #2: Stop Eating Out
Start dining at home. It’s not that hard, and it can be fun too. Restaurant meals can cost 6 to 10 times more than meals made at home. You do the math, how much money you can save in a month.
Rule #3. Stay in Control of Your Finances
Get rid of all high interest credit cards. Stop using them completely or use them only to earn frequent flyer miles.
Pay down your loans, and if you need to do so, get a second part-time job.
Try to pay cash for everything, and when you run out of money, that means only one thing: you are not buying anything any more - because you can not afford it!
Rule #4. Pack Your Own Lunches
If you make your own lunch, it will be so much healthier for you and better for your finances. It will contain less calories than fast food or prepackaged meals, that are always loaded with sodium, sugar, fat and calories.
You could not only save $100 to $200 per month doing that, but also loose a few pounds and become healthier and more fit.
Rule #5. Choose Less Expensive Form of Entertainment
Instead of going to the movies and spending $30 or more for two, rent a movie at a Red Box just for a dollar, buy some pop-corn for $2 and get a bottle of wine. All this will cost you only $10 for a fun night at home.
If you have to cut expenses in different areas of your life, look at the bright side and don’t feel like you are missing out on anything.
Instead, use these money saving tips and think that there are plenty of benefits in having a healthier and happier lifestyle based on a long term financial success and stability.
Always remember: Less can be More!
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