This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
When you are trying to keep to a budget, it can seem tough not to spend it all in the first week, and be left with nothing for the rest of the month. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, there is a few clever little tricks that you can learn to make your small budget go a lot further. Read on to find what they are.
Cut the coffee
One of the best ways to make a small budget go further is to trim off some excess spending. An area in which most people can save some cash is by limiting themselves on their coffee shop purchases. It may only seem like a small amount for a coffee of coffee. But if you have two a day in the week, it’s $5 times 10! That’s $50 dollars a week. So you can’t really see how it can add up.
Save instead by taking your own beverages to work with you. Or making your coffee at home and using a travel mug.
Another wonderful way of making the most out of a tiny budget is to upcycle things. Upcycling is a way of using things that were destined for the rubbish bin, and turning them something useful in your home.
For example, instead of spending money on a new towel rail you can paint an old ladder and use that instead. Or you can reclaim some draws from an old dresser and use them as quirky shelves by fixing them to the wall.
Not only do you save money, but you also get to do you a bit for the environment and get crafty too, so it is definitely a big win situation.
Save on your grocery bills
Of course, one of the largest expenses in a small budget is grocery shopping. Food and beverages can cost a lot. As can household cleaning goods. But of course, you don’t want to scale back too much on these items because they are mostly necessities.
Instead, you need to be clever about it. Research how to get groceries for free by using coupons and store cards. Then you can build a stockpile, and use the money you save on groceries for other things.
Use a smart thermostat
OK, so smart thermostats can cost quite a bit as an initial outlay. The thing is that they will pay for themselves after a certain amount of time. This is because you can save so much on your heating and cooling bills with them.
The idea is that you can control the temperature in your home from your smartphone. So you don’t have to be at home to turn the heating up or down.
Of course, that also means that you can turn heating off when you are out of the house, saving money. Also if you want a warm house to come back to, you can also turn the heating on just an hour or so before you head back, so you aren’t wasting money by leaving it on all day.