Saving money, living frugally, enjoying Portland. These are all things I intend to do. But how? Here are ten ways I’m saving this year.
- Never eat in restaurants alone, and when a friend suggests meeting for dinner, offer to cook. This is almost always cheaper and more fun than going out.
- Drink coffee at work during the week, and buy coffee on the weekends, but only if coffee comes with free wireless internet, and I’m planning on doing work while there.
- Walk to work three days a week starting in March. This will cut down on my car expenses, and allow for some quiet time in the morning.
- Grow a garden starting in March. The new place has a space for gardening, and if I can start seeds, then it will be cost effective to grow easy things like herbs and cucumbers.
- Don’t buy lunch in restaurants. There’s nothing worse than forgetting to bring lunch because the cost of forgetting is around $10.
- Don’t spend money on spend-nothing Mondays.
- Only go to the grocery store once a week. Fewer trips = less money spent.
- No haircuts or clothes shopping until credit card debt is paid off.
- No shopping for workout clothes, period. I have seven (seven!) pairs of black workout pants. That’s enough.
- Make cleaning products (both personal cleaning and household cleaning) at home.
- Frugal Portland’s Four Resolutions for 2012 (frugalportland.com)
- Frugal living strategy: restaurants are for friends (frugalportland.com)
- Strategy: Implement Spend-Nothing Days (frugalportland.com)