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How To Live A Frugal Life

Updated on November 11, 2012
Many people ride bicycles to save money and become healthier.
Many people ride bicycles to save money and become healthier. | Source

Most people would like to save money in their everyday life. It does take some work. And, you have to know what you are working towards. Here are four tips to help you start living more frugally.

KNOW YOUR HOUSEHOLD BUDGET BASICS

One way to get a handle on your household budget is to stop thinking of it as a boring chore and think of it as a puzzle. It really is nothing more than figuring out how much you spend and then decide if that is how you want to spend your money.

There are many ways to keep track of the money you spend on household expenses. Try tossing all your food receipts in a glass jar. Try to make it easy to start keeping records of what you spend. Once you get in the habit of keeping track of your outgoing money, you can start setting goals and that will help you start saving money.

GET OUT OF DEBT AND STAY OUT

Of course, all credit is not bad. Not many families have the cash to buy a house or car. What you need to do is figure out what credit is necessary and what is dragging you down and costing you way too much.

One way to avoid running up big credit cars is to do your best to avoid temptation. This is most difficult during holidays, vacations, clothes and home entertainment shopping sprees and trips to the convenience store to get gas. It is much to easy to buy impulse items during these, and other, times. Think before you spend extra money. Do you really need that item? If not, do not buy it. Then you will have the money for things you and your family really do need.

DO YOUR BEST TO ADD TO YOUR SAVINGS ACCOUNT

If you do not have a savings account, it would be a wise investment to start one as soon as you can. Once you get an account started, do your best not to touch it. Only in emergencies. If you do this, the money will be there when you desperately need it. This might include damage to your home that is not covered in insurance, unexpected medical bills, or even a down payment on a home. A savings account can be the security you need later in life when a tragedy or opportunity presents itself.

LIVE WELL WITHIN YOUR MEANS

This is really a personal choice. Learn to be happy with the choices you make and the resources you have at hand. It may also mean doing what you love and not having some of the things many people take for granted. Instead of driving to the store, a person might ride a bicycle, instead. Not only does this save gas and wear on the vehicle, it will also help you be healthier. There are many ways to save money in one area that can be spent for something else. You might be surprised what you can actually do without and not even miss it.

The rewards of living a frugal life can be many. The main benefit is not being is the freedom you will feel when you do not rely on others to provide for you. It may seem difficult at first. But, if you have the desire to live frugally and unencumbered, it will be well worth the effort. And, before you know it, it will become second nature and you will wonder why you waited so long to try.

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