Are you looking for ways to save money and live frugally? I completely understand! I’ve been there so many times. That’s why, in the hopes of helping someone out, I’ve listed all the things I stopped buying to save money.
I quit my job last May to pursue Full-Time Blogging and be more present for my kids. The downside of that is we went from two salaries to one. Yikes!
In hindsight, I wish we would have prepared a bit more for the sudden change but, we didn’t.
In an attempt to free up money for our budget, there were some things I needed to quit buying.
12 Things I Stopped Buying To Save Money
1. Paper Plates
As much as it pained me, we stopped buying paper plates.
Even though doing dishes is something that I seriously dread, the reality is this; paper plates are an unnecessary expense, despite how convenient they may be.
2. Rinsing Agents
Rinsing Agents for the dishwasher is something I’ll never buy again, even when we’re in a better place financially.
Because the cheaper alternative works way better.
Instead of buying a small bottle of the expensive stuff, I purchase a gallon of Vinegar and pour it into the reservoir as an alterantive. You should try it; you’ll be amazed at how sparkly your dishes will be.
3. Toilet Paper & Paper Towels
Before you get completely grossed out, I just mean I stopped buying them from the grocery store and started buying them in bulk. Either at Sam’s Club or through Prime Pantry which is a perk of an Amazon Prime Membership. * If you don’t have one you can sign up for a 30-day free trial.
Rather than spending $1.50 a day at the local convenience store for a cappuccino. I buy these instead and can drink one a day for nearly two months at a fraction of the cost.
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5. Pre-Made or Instant Meals
While they may seem less expensive, in the long run, they aren’t.
Instead, buy ingredients. You’ll be able to get multiple uses out of them which save money. I also never shop before checking my ibotta app.
So far this year, I’ve saved well over $150 from using ibotta. *Sign up here to receive $10 just for trying it.
6. Cable or Satellite
This one was hard to swallow, but now that we’ve been into it a bit, it’s really not that bad.
7. Premium Shampoo & Conditioner
Okay. This one sucks. Although maybe it shouldn’t considering I’m so scatter brained, I forgot to even wash my hair in the shower this morning. I thought it felt weird when I put conditioner in… Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s done this.
Anyway, back on topic.
My hair is super thin, and it seems that any shampoo or conditioner that isn’t Brazilian Keratin Therapy makes it worse. Regardless, I still stopped buying it to save money.
8. Birthday Cards & Invitations
Another of the things I stopped buying to save money is Birthday Cards and Party Invitations.
Rather I purchase and use cardstock to make them through PowerPoint or Word. It’s a much more frugal alternative.
9. Junk Food
This one is a win-win for sure.
Not only are we saving money, but we also get to eat healthier too.
Consider purchasing a few different fruits; whole watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple and cutting it up at the beginning of the week. It’s a great snack for the entire family.
Not that I did this a lot before, it’s just now I’ll never do it.
After all, we have the world’s biggest cookbook right at our fingertips. 😉
11. Cleaning Supplies
I stopped buying certain cleaning supplies.
Window Cleaner and Floor Cleaner Solution for the carpet scrubber are now completely homemade. *Pin this and stop back soon to get ingredients and instructions. Or sign up for the newsletter, and I’ll notify you via email of new posts.
12. Gym Memberships
Canceling my gym membership saves me almost $400 per year. Crazy when ya think of it like that, huh?
Instead, I opt for Netflix Exercise Videos and calisthenics.
12 Things I Stopped Buying To Save Money
Before I go, I have to admit something. I carried a lot of guilt for a long time over not being able to afford some “luxuries” that others do. I’ve let it go now and have come to think that life is better this way.
In some ways, I feel like a better wife and mom for living frugally and below our means.
What have you stopped buying to save more money? Please, comment below.
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