Are you Frugal? After reading today’s post, check out my Guest post, Payoff Your Mortage Faster, Save Thousands of Dollars, at Making Sense of Cents.
On Monday, I met with some friends and family at a local World of Beer for drinks and appetizers. I usually try to find local Happy Hour deals but in this case, there are no Happy Hour deals so we paid full price for the beer. This can be expensive and blow your budget! It was up to $8 for 12oz beer or $13 for a 22oz can of beer and that can really add up after 3 hours of drinking!
I consider myself frugal (and they consider me cheap!) so of course I mentioned that next time I’ll pick the place. Of course we started talking about the MonicaOnMoney blog they gave me some great ideas for saving money. Even though they’re not frugal normally, they sometimes act frugally too. Although, they do think I’m crazy for shopping at the Dollar Store and cancelling my cable.
Here are some ideas on being Frugal When You’re Not:
1. PRE-GAME AT HOME: Even though we met at 6pm, they had 2 beers at home to get started, which cut down on how many $13 beers they bought. College students know this one!
2. EAT DINNER AT HOME: They wanted to focus on drinking beer instead of wasting money and calories on food. So they ate dinner at home and didn’t buy any food. Apparently I didn’t get the memo because I was starving and ordered tons of food. I spent more on food than they did on beer.
3. LIVE NEAR YOUR FAVORITE BARS & RESTAURANTS: They walk across the street from the most popular shopping center in our city. Instead of driving to go out, worrying about traffic, and looking for a designated driver, they walk to and from the bars. This saves money on gas and taxis!
These small steps towards frugality add up!
What did I miss? What are some other frugal ideas?
This week, I’ve read a lot of amazing articles! Here are 8 of my favorite reads this week.
- Financial Samurai: The First Million Might Be The Easiest: How To Become A Millionaire By Age 30
- Sweating The Big Stuff: Force Yourself to Save With a 100% Personal Tax
- Your Daily Finance: Watch Your Wallet- Saving Money and Losing Weight
- Life and My Finances: Pay Hundreds Now or Thousands Later
- Making Sense of Cents: Four Expenses That Aren’t Worth The Money
- Digital Spikes: 7 Habits of Highly Debt Free People
- Tortoise Banker: Setting Up a Budget: For New Couples