Today, I want to talk about things that have helped me save a lot of money. Like a lot!!
I didn’t apply all these tips at the same time. I’ve built it into my life as it goes, and it’s something that I do all the time now.
Some of them are obvious, but the best is to adapt these tips to your life. And I will tell you in this video how I did to adapt them to my life.
So let’s go!
Stop buying brands in grocery stores
Ok, so the number one was to stop buying brands during my grocery shopping. And I went further because I’ve decided to buy in bulk twice a month on the website of my grocery store and we save money because I buy the brand of my store and because we buy them on the internet we save a lot of money compared of buying directly to the store. We live in Paris, and when you go to a store, it’s about 30% more expensive than buying on the website. For fruits and vegetables, sometimes it’s better to go to the store, so we go to the store once every two weeks.
Meal prep (and only 2 or 3 meals per week)
Ok, so I stopped buying brands, and I’ve started meal planning at the same time. But I needed to have several meal ideas for the week. So I spent a lot of time in my kitchen. And you know, I’m not a huge fan of cooking. So it’s been a few weeks that I’ve decided to have only 2 or 3 ideas of meals for the week. For example, this week, we eat chili for lunch and fajitas or lentil salade for dinner. It saves me a lot of time because it’s easy to do and a lot of money because I don’t have to buy tons of ingredients. I just need to have more quantity of what I want to eat.
If you want to have ideas for vegan meal prep, a really great channel is Avant-Garde Vegan.
When you have something yummy in your fridge, you don’t want to order food. So for that, it saved us a ton of money.
And guys, when you come back from your work at night, it’s so great to not think about cooking and just take the meal out of the fridge!
I spent so much money on fast fashion clothes, and after washing them once, they were good to go to the trash. But at that time, I was like, “it’s ok, it was only ten bucks.” And I didn’t have the money, and I don’t want right now to spend a lot on big brands. So last year I turned to second-hand clothes. And it was easier for me to spend a lot less on big brands. Even if it’s more expensive than fast fashion, it’s about 70% off a big brand’s price. And you know I have clothes that are just perfect even after washing them. I’m so happy with what I have. In my video about my low buy year rules, I told you that I wouldn’t buy new clothes except if I lose weight. But I think that if I lose weight, I will only buy second-hand clothes.
In the last months of 2020, one of the things that I did to save a lot was to unsubscribe to many services. For example, because we had two Amazon Prime accounts, I’ve decided to stop mine, and if we need to order something, we use my boyfriend’s account. Another action that I take is to look at the subscription that I had for my website, my business, etc. And I stopped about half of them. I just asked myself the right question: do I use them regularly? Is there any other solution to do the same thing free or cheaper?
If you ask yourself these questions, you will find that there are a ton of other solutions!
Wait 30 days before purchasing anything you want
And I want to insist on the notion of want. It’s not something that you need. You won’t wait 30 days before buying a toothbrush. For example, if you want a piece of furniture or decor, wait 30 days. You will see that 2 or 3 days later. You won’t think about it at all for most of the things.
It’s a very powerful tool. And it helps you know if you really want something or if it’s just something to balance a state of mind.
Buy in bulk when there are promotions
I don’t buy in bulk every time because we don’t have a lot of space to stock up. But for some of the things, I like to purchase promotions, like toothpaste, shower gel, and so on. It’s easy to manage because it’s small.
When I buy in bulk, I look at the price per piece or kilo, and I see if it’s a good deal. You won’t save a lot of money doing it, but you know in the long term, it’s always that more in your saving account!
Decrease your room temperature to save money on energy
I was always aware of this when I was living with my parents. We were always careful of room temperature in the house. And It’s something that I continue to do now. And I’m a bit extreme because now that I go into my parent’s house, it feels warmer than in my apartment. Our apartment isn’t very well insulated, so we lose a lot of warmth during winter.
Last year we decided to lower the temperature by one degree Celsius, and we saved approximately 150 euros per year.
Do your own products
Two years ago, for the sake of ecology, I had started to do my product. My own laundry detergent, my own all-purpose product, and so on. And actually, I noticed that by doing my product, I saved money. It’s not the case at the beginning because you have to buy all the products. But for example, for my own laundry detergent, I spent around 30 euros on all the ingredients. One bottle of laundry detergent is about 4 to 5 euros, and it lasts around 2 or 3 months depending on the number of people who live with you and the number of laundry. Today, I use all these same ingredients as two years ago. So if you do the calculation… Ok, I don’t want to do the math, but I’m pretty sure I’m saving money!
Create a capsule wardrobe
I think that create a capsule wardrobe helped me the most to save money. I bought so many clothes that didn’t fit together. A lot of patterns, a lot of colors, but it wasn’t really thinking. So I struggled to wear some of my clothes, and I ended up getting rid of them. I created my capsule wardrobe two years ago, and since then, everything matches everything, and I wear every clothes I own. It’s so much easier to find something to wear in the morning, and if I want to buy something new, I ask myself if it will fit with my other clothes.
I’m currently preparing another video on how to create a capsule wardrobe.
Create a budget and stick to it
Let’s be honest, guys. If you don’t have a budget, it’s much more challenging to save money. I tried, and I failed. So now I have a budget. Not a fancy one, but I know how much money I spend each month on mandatory things and how much I’m supposed to save. Actually, my budget is only a Google sheet with two columns, one for the type of spending and another one with the amount of money. And at the end, I have a box with the amount of money I’m supposed to have at the end of the month, and that’s it. It’s what motivated me to stop spending because I know that I can save for holidays or my dream home.
Tell me in the comments below if you have other tips to save money. I see you in the next one! Bye!