10 Daily Habits of Frugal People – Money saving habits that will change your life and help you to live frugally no matter what your income!
Frugal Lifestyle has become a popular option for many these days. Although many of us have an option to live a luxurious life (thanks to easy loans, credit cards etc), quite a lot of people seem to like Frugal Lifestyle. This post is all about the daily habits of frugal people.
You might be wondering what’s so interesting in living a frugal way of life that a post is created on it. Here’s why, adopting frugal habits will help you to manage your finances for short-term as well as for long-term purposes.
Many people think differently about frugality. Some consider it extreme, I personally don’t think so. Frugal living will help you to prioritize the things that matter to you most.
“Frugal living is simply being intentional with your money”
Please don’t think, frugal living involves sacrifices and deprivations. Clearly, it’s all about making conscious decisions about how and where to spend your money. In addition to that, it will help you reduce over-spending and wasteful spending.
Indeed, frugality will lead to a better financial future if you adopt some simple daily habits. This post contains 10 daily habits of frugal people. Some may work for you, some may not/might take time. But, frugal people keep trying and so should you!
Small daily improvements over time will lead to stunning results.Robin Sharma, Greatness Guide.
Here are 10 real habits of frugal people anyone can Adopt:
Frugal People Say “No” Now, To Say “Yes” Later
Frugal people have mastered the skill of saying “NO”. They understand that by saying no to something now, they are saying yes to something better in the future. Frugal people live life in a budget and don’t give up easily to peer pressure (Don’t expect them to buy that new branded handbag just because everyone has one!)
Frugal people understand the value of delayed gratification. If something for immediate pleasure can be delayed for future happiness, frugal people will do it! Also, they know that by saying “No” to petty insignificant things, they can save and live within their means.
So, next time your friends are upgrading their old iPhone with the new latest model, think if it’s really necessary, if it exceeds your budget then don’t give in for peer pressure and simply say “NO”. Save that money for something more important!
They Always Have a Meal Plan Ready
Frugal or not, don’t we all agree that meal planning could save us from spending money on takeaways. This is one consistent habit found in frugal people. Also, I think we all can do this. Admit it, in several instances we can’t decide what to cook and because we are tired and starving, we end up ordering food!
This happens because we don’t plan ahead and end up wasting money and food. Frugal people have a meal plan ready. They make a schedule for week/weeks/month and buy groceries accordingly. This makes the cooking process smooth and efficient. Also, helps to stay in your budget.
So, take out a day or few hours and sit down to prepare a meal plan according to your budget, get the groceries and enjoy COOKING!
Frugal People Repair
Frugal people repair everything until it’s damaged beyond repair. I couldn’t agree more, instead of throwing that appliance just because it’s not working properly/damaged, I would get it repaired. We live in a world where a little breakdown in a machine will compel us to throw it and buy a new one!
Frugal people will first asses it if it can be repaired. It’s so easy and cost-saving to get some help from local technicians, instead of throwing and buying a repair.So, next time you have a broken phone think if it can repaired locally or if you have a hole in the dress, sew it rather than buying a new one!
Frugal People Use Every Drop
Frugal people are masters in the skill of using things up to 100%. They don’t throw anything away unless certain that it’s completely used. Be it squeezing the last bit of toothpaste, creams, oils, shampoos. Anything which can be saved and squeezed will be used 100% by us.
Think about the money (even if it’s $1 or few cents) you can save before throwing that expensive bottle of shampoo with little bit left at the bottom, maybe it can used for one time wash! Make the best of your money.
Frugal People Buy Quality
Now, this might seem surprising to you. Frugal does not mean cheap! Frugal people understand that money is not the end goal and they value quality. The mind of a frugal person works like an investor. They won’t bother about changing trends or brands. They will buy something that can last fro years and won’t mind paying extra for that.
For example, a frugal will invest in a branded appliance that is reliable and trustworthy that can last for years instead of getting a cheaper alternative which has to be replaced every 1 year. So, next time you buy a dress or product, think about quality and if you thought frugal living is cheap, no it’s not!
Frugal People Buy in Bulk
Frugal people buy commodities (e.g. food or household items) in bulk. Bulk buying is cheaper and saves money. Frugal people will make use of discounts on bulk buying, saving money, time and energy.
They are always stocked up and don’t mind giving their storage space to save money. Also, you don’t go to stores repeatedly, saving time and money on gas.
Frugal People Live Within Their Means
Frugal people always try to live life in a budget. As I already mentioned, they carry the willingness to say “NO” and don’t give in for peer pressure. Frugal people will prepare a budget for different needs and save the remaining amount for investing.
They stay away from debts and credit loans. They simply don’t go the mall and buy stuff because they’re bored. Instead, frugal people make sure their days are filled with productive hobbies.
They Save For Future
Frugal people create an emergency fund. It’s surprising that they have a savings account, emergency fund, retirement fund and also investments. They always plan AHEAD!
Every week/month, frugal people make sure that they save some money aside for “any unforeseeable conditions”. Emergency fund acts like the best safety net, it saves you from going into miserable conditions. So, act like frugal people and save aside some monthly for “just in case conditions”.
Frugal People Research
Frugal people know that research is the key to plan ahead. If there are any deals, special price offers, they will know about it. This makes them to make timely purchases. They prepare a list of things they need or might need in the future and keep themselves alert for any deals/offers. This master plan helps them to save money.
They will never expect that an expensive brand is the best, a frugal person tries to get the best bang for their buck! So, next time you have an urge to change your washing machine and you know there’s going to be a sale next month, try to wait for a month, check the deal and then purchase.
Lastly, They are Always Learning
Frugal people never stop learning about money and money management. They are always hungry to know more about finances. So, you will probably find many books on money-management in their book-shelve(I have :D).
Frugal people follow blogs, podcasts to become a better frugal person and enhance their money-saving skills.
So, these were 10 Habits of Frugal people. By the end of this article, you know being frugal is not cheap (correct someone: if they say so). Frugal living is a smart choice which will definitely help you save hundreds if not thousands of bucks! Think, you can probably save that money, probably for traveling to that country [experience is far more valuable than money and frugal people value quality ;)], or may be invest that money so that it give good returns. Whatever your goals are, You can do it and frugal lifestyle can help you in it.