How do you live on a tight budget?
Do you have any tips from your experience?
Menu plan and write down everything. I also try to barter for as much as possible, and car pool whenever possible.
Very frugally. Keep a journal of where every penny goes. This way you can see where your money can be used fro bare necessities and definitely not any wants. I think many have experienced this way of living in college. I couldn't eat another ram-an noodle for no amount of money.
Hi JThomp42! That's a very good tip. It's all about keeping track of expenses and staying in control. It's hard to stay on a budget in London as everything is super expensive - thanks for your answer
For each month I make a list of all the bills I have and what I will be typically spending on them. So for example I pay gas/electric each month. Obviously this will vary, but I ballpark what I think it will be guestimating based on my last few months bills. I always guestimate high, just in case one month it is. I do this for each bill. I also do this for my credit card (which I use for the odds and ends I need for the month like gifts, impulse purchase etc.) I also factor in a budget for entertainment, like if I wanted to go to the movies. I add all that up and figure out what I would spend for a month. If this is more than what I take in, I examine what my expenses are and see if there are ways to cut down... maybe don't use the air conditioner in the summer or cut down on how much I go to the movies.
So it is really about what you need to spend combined with what you would like to do and how much that would cost. Then you examine where you money is going and see if there are ways that you can chop it down.
Hope that helps!
By watching every penny. Recycling, having your own garden (herb in my house), couponing (not the best, but it helps), going to thrift stores for clothes for the kids (they grow out of those quick and you might as well save), walking to the grocery store (if it's close by) instead of driving the car to save gas and get exercise at the same time.
Hi Iburmaster! And thank you for your answer - that's some very helpful tips. I should really try to grow some more herbs at home. I only have basil at the moment but I could arrange for so much more!
The basil ph in my garden is high right now but other herbs are so much more valuable to have in your garden. It's amazing what you can do with your garden! Try anything you want, play around with it and learn what you like. It is specifically yours.
Your so right and I'd love to have a garden! - I live in a city flat but if I had a garden I'd grow herbs, vegetables and all sorts of things:)
Check out some garden designs on Pinterest for a tight space. You can even have a wall garden!
What a good idea! I will do that now, thanks!
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