You want to save money, but you are unwilling or unable to give up those little pleasures in life that will help you save money. It may be that you are stubborn or your significant other is stubborn. Either way, there are items in your life that you just refuse to downsize. Relax. There are still little ways to save money when you’re not ready to just give up those little pleasures.
That Soda Addiction
If you have anyone in your household who drinks soda like they breath air, you know there is no point in not buying soda. The main reason for this is because the person in question will go out and buy soda when you aren’t with them. Not only that, the soda will be from a vending machine so it will be more expensive. Instead of trying to cut off your soda expense entirely, try a few of the following tips. Try store brand soda. Many store brands taste as good as the name brands. Also try buying your soda in 2 liter bottles. Keep them cold and well capped when not in use and it’s less likely they will go flat. Perhaps you can gradually reduce your soda intake without anyone having a meltdown.
Fast Food Favorites
Sometimes you don’t go out for fast food because it’s convenient. Sometimes you go out for fast food because you crave a certain dish. Instead, try making it yourself. Often it will taste better and be made from higher quality ingredients. It will save you in gas and in fast food costs and most likely the amount of money you would’ve used to buy fast food will result in more meals. Also, consider keeping similar tasting foods around the house. Sometimes it’s not the taste of the food we crave. Instead it’s an ingredient that your mind equates with that food. Figure out what that ingredient is and find a more cost effective and healthy substitute. It may take some time for your mind to readjust, but it will be well worth it.
Shop around for better priced packages for internet, cable, or phone service. If you find something, check to see if your preferred company will match the price. See if you can get rid of channels that you don’t use. Find games that don’t require a subscription. Some games even have suitable generics that are free. Shop around to make sure you’re getting the best price on your entertainment.
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