8. Consider Decluttering
When I had to reduce my belongings down to just a carry-on bag in order to travel the world, that experience made me see possessions and how much we really need to live in a totally different perspective. Previously, I had clutter everywhere. From my wardrobe to my kitchen cupboards – and let’s not even talk about the garage!
Now, I try to be so much more mindful about the material possessions I accumulate. If I buy a new top, I’ll normally have thought about which top it will replace, or why I need a new item of clothing before buying it. In the past, I would mindlessly spend just because.
Frugal living for beginners starts, in my opinion, with making decluttering a habit in your life. Donate, recycle, or sell the items you never use – and make some extra money while helping rid yourself of some extra baggage.
9. Find Ways to Bring in More Cash
If you want to be smarter with your spending, an obvious solution is to increase the amount of cash you have in the first place! The good news is that you don’t need to start applying for a second job if you want to increase your income – in fact, there are a huge number of things you can do to make money on the side with as little as an hour of work each evening.
10. Evaluate Your Progress – and Keep it Fun!
Finally, frugal living for beginners is all about making easy changes that will quickly become habits. Evaluate your spending, your goals, and the changes you have made each month to know whether you are genuinely making a change to your lifestyle. Most importantly, keep it fun. Having more money is great, but living a life you love is more important. Don’t sacrifice the things that make you happy simply to have a bigger number sitting in your bank account.