It wasn’t too long ago that I began my journey of minimalist living, and learning how to change my ways when it comes to consuming and buying things was a huge part of that.
I realized over time that you don’t have to sacrifice much to start living more frugally. It’s all about deciding what’s important to spend your money on, such as your needs, and what you shouldn’t waste your money on.
Now while I’m not an extremely frugal person, I do enjoy a nice meal out every week or an enjoyable weekend getaway, I do like being able to be conscious about my spending habits and where my money is going.
I tend to be intentional about this topic and ask myself before I purchase something whether it is serving me a good purpose or is it something I might regret purchasing in the future.
With all that being said, I’d like to provide you with some simple frugal living tips that you can apply to your daily life and beyond.
15 Frugal Living Tips For Minimalists
1. Buy Quality Over Quantity
Buying quality products will actually save us money in the long term because they tend to last longer. When you buy cheap material, it will break or tear easily and we would have to waste money replacing that item.
2. Shop Off-Season
Shop those end of the season sales and stock up on some fashionable items for the next year.
3. Stop Using Credit Cards
You don’t want to find yourself wasting money on interest or late charges. Try to leave your credit card at home, to prevent yourself from buying things you might not even need. Use it for emergencies only.
4. Make Your Own Natural Products
Did you know you can make your own shampoo, conditioner, soap, and more? Discover how to make your own natural products from the comfort of your home to avoid buying them in stores.
5. Declutter and Sell Items
Start a home decluttering project, and re-sell any items you don’t use any more. They are just sitting there taking up space, so why not try to see if someone else may make use of them.
6. Get Into Gardening
Gardening is a great way to supply your own produce. Start by buying seeds and watching some tutorials about creating your own home garden.
7. Batch Cook
Create wholesome and healthy meal plans for the week and start prepping. This will prevent you from spending money on going out to eat or ordering food to go.
8. Drive Less
Save money on gas and car maintenance by teaming up with others to carpool to work or other activities. You’ll get to spend more time with the people in your life by driving to places together.
9. Learn Handy-Man Skills
We can learn a lot online today simply by watching youtube and tutorials. Learn how to fix things around your home to avoid having to hire someone to do it for you.
10. Cancel Your Cable
With Netflix and Youtube, there is a range of options available that don’t require cable TV. Save yourself the extra expense by canceling your cable subscription.
11. Re-Use Your Glass Water Bottle
The reason I point out a glass water bottle is to avoid contributing to plastic and it’s something you can refill over and over again. You can a good one I recommend here.
12. Make a Grocery List
Before you decide to go to the supermarket, always make a list first. This will not only save you time but also prevent impulse buying of items that will just go to waste.
13. Do Your Own Nails
Stop wasting your money on manicures and pedicures, and start doing your own nails at home. You could always treat yourself to a professional manicure on occasion, and appreciate it more.
14. Build an Emergency Fund
Emergencies are unexpected and often people find themselves in a lot of financial trouble when faced with one. Building an emergency fund will help you to feel safe and secure financially.
15. Shop Second-Hand
Instead of always buying new products or clothes, shop second hand at local thrift stores for the items you need and save money.
I hope you are able to apply these 15 frugal living tips to your daily life What are some frugal living tips that you live by? Share in the comments below!