Across the world, a collective tightening of purse strings is occurring as the impact of inflation, post-pandemic economic struggle,, and increases in the cost of living take hold. We’re all on a budget these days. The good news is that living on a shoestring doesn’t have to be miserable. In fact, it can be genuinely fun. No, really! To prove it, here are six ways to make a budget-conscious lifestyle enjoyable:
Swap “I Have to” for “I Choose to”
One of the easiest ways to change how you think about your frugal lifestyle is to actively take ownership of it. Rather than saying, “I have to look for budget pans to save money,” or “I can’t go out on Saturday because I’m saving money,” switch it to “I’m going to look for the best deals on cookware sets because I want to hit my savings goal,” or “let’s do a potluck instead of going out so we can save up for that epic holiday.”
Reframing your perspective is a powerful way to remind yourself and others that you are choosing to take control of your finances, which is pretty admirable.
Become Part of Something Bigger
Start following people who actively thrive on saving money and being frugal. Become part of that movement, and you’ll notice that not only are you grabbing some handy tips, but you’re also feeling a lot more positive about what you’re doing. There’s nothing like the feeling of doing something difficult but rewarding with a crew of other people.
To get you started, here are some great finance TikTok accounts (fin-fluencers) to checkout:
Get Some Fun Apps
We are a technological world, and sometimes, we need an app to make us feel good about what we are doing. This is evidenced by the fact that 230 billion apps were downloaded in 2021 alone.
Find a budget or savings app that works for you, and get stuck into it. If it helps you to be more frugal, it can only be a good thing.
Have Bitesize Goals
It is essential to have long-term goals and plans for your money, but if you have nothing in the short-term that feels like a reward, you may end up struggling to keep up the momentum. To make frugality a little more fun and rewarding, try to have smaller goals that are achieved sooner, such as a meal out, a new top you have been loving from a distance, or a new house plant.
Embrace Free Things
Rediscovering the free things in life and how much you enjoy them can be an adjustment. Over time, however, they will help you form fantastic habits that are frugal without making your life drab. Here are some ideas for fun and free things to do:
- Bird watching
- Walking in a local park
- A fire on the beach
- Free museums and art galleries
- Time with friends and loved ones
- Snuggling up with a good book
- Treating yourself to an alarm-free sleep-in
Learn New Skills
Learning new skills can help make budgeting more fun and manageable. A great example of this is cooking. If you can cook a great meal from scratch with cheap ingredients, you will gain new cooking skills, save money, and be rewarded with a delicious meal at the end of it!
“Money doesn’t bring happiness and creativity. Your creativity and happiness bring money.” – William Feather
The six ideas above can help you enjoy a fun yet frugal life. With the right mindset and tools, you can make memories, build skills, and boost your bank balance long-term.
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