Ever get tired of articles on how to save money telling you things like how to keep your wine, or hit sales, or even get this luxury car, not that one? If you can afford luxury cars or wine, you probably don’t really need those save money articles. And shop at sales? Well duh. Like you never thought of that. Isn’t it time for some real tips for those that need it?
Losing my entry-level job while trying to support a family of four introduced me to a few real world ways to save. Here is some of what I’ve learned.
1. Ditch the satellite, cable, and/or netflix. This seems to me like a no-brainer, but it surprises me to learn how many people in entry-level jobs and on welfare programs think that cable, satellite, and/or netflix is/are a necessity. I’m not saying that you can’t have a little TV, but you don’t need to pay a monthly fee. If sites like Hulu or In2TV aren’t an option try using a post 2009 TV or DVD player, or consider a one-time purchase of a $50 converter box and a cheap antenna. Free broadcast TV isn’t gone; it’s just on a different frequency.
2. Learn cooking basics. If you can read this article, you have net access of some sort. There are plenty of free online resources for those beginning to cook. For $2, I can buy a 1lb box of pasta and a can of Hunt’s spaghetti sauce to feed the family. Not difficult at all.
3. Breastfeed. If a new baby is on the way, just go to the supermarket and look at the cost of formula. 20 cans may not get you through a month. Now look at the monthly cost of the food needed to keep mommy’s breast milk healthy. Big difference.
I’ll post more as I find them. Thank you.