How To Save Money Like Your Grandparents



It’s safe to say that in the past few years consumerism has increased and people are spending more and saving less, though this trend can’t be entirely blamed on our spending habits. Higher inflation, accommodation prices, and general cost of living also play a big part in our decreased capacity to save money. However, sometimes we don’t need to look too far to find some great practical savings tips. Our grandparents did it — some under a lot harder circumstances — and so can we. Here are some tips to help get you started.

 

BUY FROM THE SOURCE
Buying directly from local producers is not only a way to save money, but you'll know exactly where your food comes from. Look for a farmers market in your area and start buying local produce.

MAKE SOUP
Soup is great, and here's why you should be making it more often: it's filling, full of nutrients, and it's cheap.

ECONOMIZE IN CLEANING
You don't need a lot of expensive cleaning products or someone to clean your house for you. Opt for basics such as bleach, baking soda, vinegar and lemon and use some good old-fashioned elbow grease.

EAT LESS MEAT
In our grandparents’ day, meat wasn't always on the menu because it was expensive, or even because of shortages due to economic recessions and wars. You, too, can save by reducing your meat consumption.

GROW YOUR OWN FOOD
The benefits are pretty self-explanatory, but if you think you need a huge backyard to do this, think again. In some cases, you don't even need any outside space at all. Herbs, for instance, can be grown in small jars, right in your kitchen.

PACK A LUNCH
Your grandparents wouldn't run to the cafeteria to buy lunch or eat at a restaurant every day. Food prep is a great way for you to keep a consistent diet and save money by packing your own lunch.

BUY WHAT YOU “NEED”
Buy what you need, not what you can afford. It's great that you can afford a more expensive item, but do you need it? That's the question to ask yourself before spending more money.