Playing The Long Game: Saving Money In Life But Still Getting The Essentials

Nowadays, the act of looking after your finances appears to be a very delicate art. There’s a lot of advice out there that tells you that to save money, you’ve got to tighten your belt, and, in essence, constrict yourself of some of the essentials. But, let’s be blunt, we need the essentials in life. We need food, water, and we need to get from point A to point B. And it seems that now, with the fact that more people are struggling, regardless of how seemingly poor or rich they are, every single one of us is feeling the pinch. We need the essentials in life, but how can we save money in life, and still get everything we need? Is it impossible, or is it about something else, something we haven’t thought of?

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Bills Bills Bills!

The bane of our lives on a monthly basis, utility bills are rising and we don’t know how to deal with them, save the fact that we need to go without in order to pay them. Depending on who you are, you may have to dip into your savings to ensure that you have gas and electricity, but surely this is not the right way to live your life? Instead, let’s burrow into what can be done to cut down on these bills. First things first, look at your suppliers, are you getting the most out of them for what you are paying? Look at other suppliers, and if they can offer a cheaper bill. Every energy supplier will look at how much energy you use, and so, this has been said before, cut down on unnecessary usage. Now, this isn’t about depriving yourself, but rather, being more economical. When you brush your teeth, for example, do you leave the tap running? Do you flush the toilet? These things can increase your water usage without you thinking about it. You can find out how to be more economical with your energy but, the point is, you need to get into the habit of being economical. This is one of the biggest issues we all have, because we’re not used to forming new habits, but when a habit becomes ingrained, we don’t think about it.

A Little Research Goes A Long Way

Looking at your day-to-day spending, are you getting the most bang for your buck? From your fuel consumption, to your groceries, convenience is one of the things in life that we take for granted. But with these convenient items, it means we are paying a little bit more for them. Instead, can you find somewhere that sells a certain item, so you can pick it up on the way home from the office? Or is there somewhere that sells fuel for a bit cheaper? And when it comes to transport, if you are one of those people who needs a car, is your car as economical as possible? A little research can go a long way, especially when it comes to finding the right car so you can go online to learn more about the best types of car for your fuel consumption, and your own personal circumstances. Remember, if you buy a small car because you think it’ll be cheaper, but you still have to load it with heavy items on a daily basis, this is going to weigh the car down, and therefore, the engine will use up more fuel. There are fuel consumption calculators online to look at, and if driving is one of the main expenditures on a day-to-day basis, it is time to look at getting a more economical car, or even, getting rid of it altogether. Because we are so bound by convenience now, we think that what is near to us is the only option. A very prominent example is that of purchasing items in shops, and as people are now getting the vast majority of their purchases online, this is something we can all take on board. Even grocery suppliers deliver, albeit for a charge. But think about it, how much would it cost you in fuel to go to the stores to pick up specific items, is it actually cheaper to order it online, and to pay that little extra charge? A little research, no matter how annoying it can be, will end up saving you money here and there. And while there’s a lot of information out there to confuse this online, there are also handy little resources to help us save money. For example, there are money savings apps, like Plum, that works with an algorithm to help you save money, and actually messages you to give you a breakdown of how you spend your money. This can be very enlightening because you may not have thought about it before. And why these apps aren’t monitored by the financial powers that be, there are many people that use them to get a good idea of their expenditure.

Is It Time To Be Self-Sustaining?

And when it comes to the essentials in life, food is always the big thing to consider. Not only should you look at what type of food you buy, but if you plan your meals in advance or not, but also, if you store your food appropriately to get the most out of them. A lot of us through our vegetables away as soon as a slight bit of mold appears, but, how you can find out how best to make the most of your food, and make it go a little bit further. Not only this but simple gardening habits can help you grow some root vegetables. It’s a simple thing called that but if we all become a little bit more self-sustaining, we don’t need to spend as much money.

The essentials in life are things that we cannot go without, which is why it’s important for us to figure out how to save money, which appears to be an impossible task. Whether it’s about understanding your own habits financially, or if you are paying over the odds for bills, or if you can find a way to make yourself a little bit more self-sustaining, these are all little things that can add up to a considerable saving. Remember, it’s not about making a big saving, about saving little bits here and there which will add up to a big saving. It’s all about the long game.

 

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