With the current economic crunch, a lot of people right now are staving off from spending so much. They look for ways to save money. Now, people are no longer hanging out in the malls and splurging on the latest fashion and concentrating instead on the bare necessities like housing, utilities and food. But what if you need to buy a new set of clothes for an interview? Where will you get the money to spend on a new outfit? You know what, you can actually splurge on some items every now and then. You just need to find ways to cut down your expenses on other things.
Below are some of the ways to save their money and still be able to splurge on a few extras every now and then.
1. Save on Utilities
You may not realize it but you are paying a lot for your electricity and water bills. You just don’t notice it because it is one of the necessities that you always allot money for from your budget. What you don’t know is that by simply turning off the TV when no one is watching or changing the schedule of your laundry, you can save enough for a new bag or a dress.
Appliances that are still plugged even when not in use also consume electricity. Both the washing machine and the iron consumer a lot of electricity. If you want to lessen your electric bill, do the laundry and ironing once a week. This will mean that laundry will pile up but hey, you wanted to buy clothes!
2. Lessen the trips.
Another way to save money is to schedule the trips outside. Although gas prices have gone down in recent months, gas money can still consume a lot from the budget. If you really want to afford that new dress, schedule your trips alongside trips that are necessary such as fetching the kids to school. Car pooling is also another option. You can have your neighbor take the kids to school alongside her kids and then take turns. That way, you both can save gas money.
3. Eat what you can
There is a reason why buffets always have a policy: Clean plate. That means that you should only get food that you know you can eat. Nothing more. A lot of people just take food without really considering if they can eat them or not. At home, train your kids to only put food on their plate that they can eat. That way, there will be no food wastage. You therefore can save a lot in food bills.
Another obvious way to save money for a dress is to not buy the dress at all. If it’s going to be just a one night affair, borrow from people that you know. You can also check out your closet and see if you have dresses that you can recycle. With the right accessories you can turn a blah outfit into a glamorous one. Just ask any stylist. If you do have the budget, albeit small. You can try going to thrift store and scour for a vintage find.
It will not be brand new but at least it will be a brand new addition to your closet. Besides if you are lucky you can find unworn pieces in thrift stores.