Different Ways to Cut Costs Without Feeling Oppressed

Yes, being budget-savvy can sometimes feel oppressive, especially when it requires you to restrict yourself from all the fun-loving things you enjoy doing. Saving money shouldn’t feel like a chore and it definitely shouldn’t feel like a death-row sentence. If your attempts to save more money has turned your life into the Twilight Zone, then you can use the following tips to get the most out of your money, while still having a life.

Increase Your Income with Cheap Courses

In today’s world, a college degree is great, but too expensive to obtain. More people are entering the workforce without one, gaining hands-on experience and working their way up from there. The internet has made it easier for workers to increase their education and earn more money. This is what we’re seeing with websites like Udemy, which offers online courses at cheap prices. These courses are taught by industry professionals who offer real-world tips and tricks for students to succeed. Once you have a certificate or two under your belt, you can try moving up at your current job or finding another job with a higher-paying position.

Learn How to Coupon

If you haven’t already, you need to start learning how to coupon. This is very simple to do, especially with the internet. Being a coupon clipper is a thing of the past, thanks to sites like Groupon that make it easy for you to find deals on the go. All you have to do is type in a merchant or product and you can find a ton of coupons for it from around the web. Some can even be used in stores.

Go to Matinee Movies

If you enjoy going to the movie theater, consider going when others are at school and work (or still sleep). Matinee hours aren’t that bad and are much cheaper. Going to the movies at 12 pm on a Tuesday can be refreshing when you’re saving a chunk of money. You can also find coupons online for discounts on popcorn and a soda.

Get Rid of Cable and Stream On Netflix

Cable television is filled with hundreds of channels and nothing really to watch. Most people end up watching reruns all the time or flipping through channels looking for something to watch. With streaming services like Amazon and Netflix, you can find shows and movies you want to watch. You can also use Hulu to watch new DVD releases. Why be stuck with a high monthly bill for a service that doesn’t suit its purpose? Use the extra money saved to boost up your internet speed, so you can stream movies efficiently.

Buy Food in Bulk

Sign up to a warehouse like Costco or Sam’s Club to enjoy savings on food products you like. You can save a lot of money by buying everything in bulk, such as cereals, rice, meat and vegetables. Make sure to keep extra food frozen, so they don’t go bad too quickly.

There are many ways you can start saving money right away. Give these solutions a try and see how it works for you!

Anum

Anum Yoon is the founder and editor of Current on Currency. She loves all things personal finance, which is why you'll find her work all over the PF blogosphere.

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