Whether you’re a recent college grad out on your own (and paying bills) for the first time, a new homeowner feeling a little house-poor, or a reluctant apartment dweller saving up for a down payment, you can probably agree on one thing: budgets are hard.
But after you’ve stopped eating out and going to see a movie each week, where else can you cut back?
Here are a few pretty simple ways to stay frugal.
Learn what things actually cost. How can you expect to land a good deal if you don’t know what one looks like? Scope out all the grocery stores in your area, so you can compare the prices of staples like milk and eggs. Once you know what your stores carry and how their prices vary, you’ll be able to spot deals like a pro, and the same goes for just about everything.
Stay organized. When your pantry is a mess, keeping track of what you’ve already bought gets tough. To avoid buying food (and other things) you don’t need, have an organizational system in place and know what you have.
Minimize waste. In the US, around 30-40% of the food we produce is thrown (more…)