Frugal Changes You Don't Want to Make — But Can
We all know there are frugal changes we should be making but just don't want to. Some require just a little too much forethought, a little too much sacrifice, and let's be honest — they are just a little too inconvenient.
After the initial hump of discomfort, these frugal changes can easily become a part of your daily life. (See also: 5 Dreams You Won't Achieve Unless You Live Below Your Means)
1. Take the Internet Off Your Phone
It's very expensive to constantly be tapped in. My phone bill skyrocketed (up $60) when I decided to add the internet to my phone. Efficiency books and websites suggest focusing on one thing at a time, so by removing the internet you get the dual benefit of being more efficient and saving money.
2. Let Your Hair Be Its Natural Color
For the longest time I fought this one because my mousy, slightly ashy brown locks just couldn't compete with the blond I craved to be. Every four to six weeks my dark roots would pop out and beg for a cover-up. I finally convinced myself to go three shades darker than I usually did. While it's taken a very long time to get used to the darker color, I love it when I realize how much time and money I've been able to save by doing something as simple as switching to a more natural hair color. My current 'do is going on its fourth month, and roots are no where to be seen; this could never have happened if I was still a faux blond.
3. Carry a Water Bottle
Stash a reusable, BPA-free water bottle in your bag and fill it up at the water fountain when it starts to run low. Not only will you save money by foregoing store-purchased bottled water, you'll also be helping the environment and keeping yourself healthy and hydrated.
4. Turn Down the Invitation
This is a tough one. It's hard to admit that you can't (or shouldn't) do something that you know you can't afford. After all, no one wants to be a Debbie Downer. Politely decline the invite or offer up a less-expensive alternative, if appropriate.
5. Stop Buying New Clothes
This is another painful one to consider, but it's surprisingly freeing once it's implemented. If you're anything like me, you get sucked into the new season's trends and spend a lot of time looking at clothes and items online. When I was in full spending fast mode, I was shocked to see how much extra time I had on my hands. I rethought my wardrobe, dyed my cotton clothes with RIT dye to refresh them, and planned clothing and accessories swaps with friends to get new-to-me clothes and accessories. An unexpected benefit of the swaps was that it provided a fun, free, and unique reason to get together with friends.
Is there a frugal change you know you should be making but just can't get yourself to do?