Instead of going for an expensive meal out, try making a fakeaway from home for a healthier and cheaper alternative. You and your family or partner can also make this into a fun way to spend time together (although I know I like to cook alone – my family can just watch!).
Likewise, instead of going to the pub and spending £20 on a bottle of win, have your friends over to socialize from your home. A bottle of wine from the shop will cost less than half that price, and your bed is right upstairs when you’ve had enough of the night.
6. Get Some Frugal Hobbies
As regular readers of this blog will know, one of my biggest passions in life is rock climbing. While you do need to invest a bit of money in some rock shoes and chalk in the beginning, one of the best things about climbing outdoors is that it is completely free, a great way to stay fit, and a guaranteed way to see some of the quietest, most beautiful spots in nature.
I’m not telling you to necessarily start rock climbing, but finding an inexpensive hobby that you love to do can be a great way to embrace frugal living for beginners. When you’re having fun doing something and saving money almost by accident, frugal living doesn’t seem like a huge lifestyle change.
7. Make Like-Minded Friends!
You’ll have a much more difficult time building better money habits if you’re surrounded by people on a totally different page to you. It’s in these circumstances that frugal living can often be interpreted as being cheap, as these people don’t really understand what you are trying to achieve.
If you can’t find anyone in your friendship group to try to learn more about frugal living with you, join some online communities to provide you with a support network. There are plenty of active Facebook groups with people all over the world happy to share their tips and advice.