Cutting back on spending doesn't have to be painful! You can save without making huge life changes with these simple tweaks.

Every once in a while, it’s smart to take a look at your spending and find some ways to cut back. This can help you save more and keep your budget in tip-top shape. Cutting back doesn’t have to mean making major changes; small changes that you won’t even notice can make a difference if you stick to them. If you’re looking to cut back on your spending, try some of the ways below to pinch pennies without feeling the pain.  

Ways to Cut Back on Spending That You Won't Even Notice

September 21, 2016

Cutting back on spending doesn't have to be painful! You can save without making huge life changes with these simple tweaks.

Every once in a while, it’s smart to take a look at your spending and find some ways to cut back. This can help you save more and keep your budget in tip-top shape. Cutting back doesn’t have to mean making major changes; small changes that you won’t even notice can make a difference if you stick to them. If you’re looking to cut back on your spending, try some of the ways below to pinch pennies without feeling the pain.

Start shopping generic



You’d be amazed how much money you can save by switching over some of your kitchen staples from brand-name to generic. You don’t have to give up all of your favorite brands, but switching over items such as frozen vegetables or boxed dry goods can save you a lot of cash in the long run. Add in store coupons for even bigger savings.

Stop purchasing brand-new electronics



Do you always buy the most recent and newly launched technology? A way to save on electronics like laptops and cell phones is to buy refurbished models instead of brand new. A refurbished version may look and work like brand new; it has just been worked on and/or repackaged by the manufacturer due to circumstances like a scratch, dent, or open packaging. These items have been tested and certified by the manufacturer to work just like new, but the price will be significantly lower than a brand new item.

Shop at thrift stores



Start switching some of your clothes shopping from big box or department stores to thrift stores. It may take some time and hunting to find a store you like, but once you do, you’ll start seeing how much you can save on clothing by making this switch! Often times you can find brand new or nearly new clothing, but at dramatically lower prices than retail stores.

Skip the soda



If you usually grab a soda when you eat out, this can add up quick. If you grab five sodas a month, this can add up to over $120 a year! Switch to water to save that money or cut down the amount of sodas each month if you can’t bear to cut it all out. If you’re not a fan of water, try making lemonade by asking your serving for some lemon and mixing in sweetener or sugar from the table.

Cutting back on your spending can seem hard, but there are ways to minimize spending without making huge changes. Following some or all of the tips above will help you cut back on spending in ways you may barely notice. What ways have you cut back spending with minimal changes? Let us know below!

 

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