Are you looking for the best tips for saving money right now, but don't want to give up your fun lifestyle? We have got you covered.
It's an unfortunate truth that money is tight for many people these days, but we've been researching some creative ways to pinch pennies that are also enjoyable.
We might have hit the jackpot with these ideas for getting the most bang out of your bucks:
- Plan a potluck:
Rather than throwing a dinner party where you, the hostess, provide all of the food and drink, planning a potluck where each person brings a dish to share is a great way to save money and try out some new recipes. And while we wouldn't recommend having a large gathering right now, it's always nice to invite a couple of close friends over for an alfresco dinner on the patio. You can even have a potluck picnic outdoors in a nearby park!
- Meatless Mondays:
Speaking of sampling new cuisine, having one day a week when you eat only plant-based foods is a novel way to reduce your grocery bill while being more adventurous in eating and cooking. Vegetarian foods such as produce, whole grains, and legumes tend to be less expensive than meat. Plus, if you're not familiar with preparing meatless meals, you'll get the opportunity to expand your culinary horizons.
- Try DIY:
There is no end to the projects you can take on if you're trying to "do-it-yourself." While this can be as ambitious as learning how to repair issues around the household without paying a handyman, it can also be simple. For example, mixing a few common ingredients together to make your own laundry detergent is much cheaper (and more eco-conscious!) than the store-bought variety. Here's a simple recipe that you can customize by adding in your favorite essential oils:
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup super washing soda
- 1 cup liquid castile soap
- 10-15 drops essential oil (optional)
- 17 cups water
- Bring 6 cups of water to boil in a large saucepan.
- Turn off the heat, add the borax and super washing soda, and stir to dissolve.
- In a 2 gallon bucket, combine the remaining 11 cups of room-temperature water with the liquid soap and essential oil.
- Pour the hot borax mixture into the bucket and stir to combine everything.
- When cooled, pour into desired storage container(s).
- Use ⅛-¼ cups of detergent per load of laundry.
- Get crafty:
If you find yourself lavishing your loved ones with expensive gifts, you can save some cash by experimenting with crafting homemade presents instead. Pinterest is a treasure trove of practically endless ideas for gifts, and you'll find that making presents for your friends and family can be infinitely more satisfying than purchasing something premade. You can even gift your presents in personalized wrapping paper!
- Free up your entertainment:
Most libraries nowadays have online databases of free digital materials available for checkout, including thousands of titles of e-books, movies, and even music. If you have a library card, you can almost certainly borrow entertaining media at no cost to you, all while social distancing. You don't need to leave home (or spend money) to find a good book!
If you're trying to be more frugal while replenishing your wardrobe, we've got some great deals on fabulous ladies' clothing that we are eager to let you know about. We have many sale items and would love to share some of our favorites with you. From beautiful blouses to effortless outerwear and much more, scroll on for superlative style at great prices!
You can bet your bottom dollar that we love savings at Anthony’s! What are some of your favorite ways to save?