Saving your precious coins can be a tough trick to master, especially considering how expensive it is to live as a fully fledged adult in today's world. At times, it can seem like the bills, receipts and regret just won't stop piling up — money panic inevitably becomes the norm.
But don't underestimate the power of small money-saving hacks when considering larger, long-term saving schemes. After all, the little things
do add up.
With this in mind, here are some small ways to save money without drastically changing your lifestyle, because your current routine is perfect and dare not be touched. Let's get our bank accounts matching our expensive dreams. Alexa, play "Money" by
Share with your friends
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When making a purchase, whatever it may be, think to yourself, do I need this all to myself or can I split the cost with my friends or roommates? Take streaming services for example — sharing various subscriptions with your roommates will not only save quite a bit of coin, but it will also create a cute household community spirit. Sharing is caring, after all.
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Check your subscriptions
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On a different note, you'd be surprised how common it is to forget about cancelling subscriptions before the free-trial period sneakily ends. This might seem like an obvious one, but there have been several moments where I've looked at my banks statements, questioned random spendings, and then realised that certain services had rolled over after the free period had ended without my knowledge. Comb through your various trials to make sure this doesn't happen to you, you thrifty queen.
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Buy a pre-owned phone
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At the rate phones are updating and releasing new versions nowadays, you can pretty much expect a new phone to be handed down at an affordable price.
numobile, for example allows you to buy a pre-owned smartphone that's still in mint condition, just at a cheaper price. It's literally the best of both worlds — Hannah Montana, eat your heart out.
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Turn off the lights
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The electricity bill can often result in a pretty hefty sum, so try to focus on small ways to save electricity, like turning off the lights when you aren't in the room. Why not resort to old methods, like candles and cute vintage flashlights? Candles are much more aesthetically pleasing anyway, so it's a win-win.
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Buy in bulk
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Whether it be toilet paper or cooking oil, basic essentials are usually available in larger quantities for a cheaper price, ultimately resulting in better value for money. This may seem a tad ironic at first, but buying in bulk and splurging that little bit extra upfront will save you money down the track.
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Jump on that meal prep bandwagon
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This won't involve a huge change in lifestyle — just an hour or so every Sunday afternoon to prep your meals for the week. This hour won't just help you save daily spending on food, but it will completely remove any common stresses around daily lunch sourcing. We stan a guilt-free week.
Now go out into the expensive, wide world and start implementing some small money-conscious routines.
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