Money can’t buy happiness, but as anyone who lives paycheck to paycheck, or who has debts hanging over their head can attest, it can certainly make living more comfortable. This is why you need to find budget-friendly or free ways to do what you love. In some cases, you need to change how you shop entirely. You can enjoy a full life with limited funds, you just need to make these lifestyle changes:
Be Fashionable on a Budget
When it comes to being fashionable, you can easily overspend. Stores bring in new items every week, after all, and every media and medium out there is an advertisement to buy new things. You see one great outfit; you have to have it. You love that new purse; you have to have it. The secret to being a fashionista on a budget, however, is simply to be strict with your budget. Set aside a certain amount of money per month, and try to shop online for your trendy plus size clothing instead, so you can see the prices and find great deals at the same time.
If there is something you want that goes beyond your monthly budget, wait. Unless it is on sale and is already discounted heavily, there is no reason that you cannot wait and carry your budget allowance on to the next month. Not only will doing this ensure you don’t overspend, but it will also help you create a better, more curated wardrobe.
Be Healthy on a Budget
Another misconception is that you cannot eat healthily on a budget. Though it is true it can be more expensive, it is not impossible. Take frozen fruits and vegetables, for instance. Not only are these foods a fraction of the cost of their fresh counterparts, but they can also contain more nutrients. The reason for this is that frozen foods are frozen on the spot, meaning that they don’t have to endure long processing or transit times to get from the field to the produce area. In summer, skip the grocery store entirely and support your local farmer’s markets. Not only can you often get a good deal, your food will be fresher, more nutritious, and you’ll be helping your local community.
Be Active on a Budget
Just as you can be healthy on a budget, so too can you be active on a budget. In fact, you can even save money and be more active at the same time. If you live within an hour’s biking distance to your work, for example, you have the perfect way to get to work without paying for transportation. If your work has a shower, then there is no excuse why you can’t make the switch. Use a bike you have, or buy a used one, and get started being healthy.
At the end of the day, there are so many ways to enjoy life either for free or on a budget. You just need to be willing to put more effort in. Know where deals are, be patient, and stick to your budget. You can find free or cheap things to do, you just need to spread them out so that your wallet can stay happy.
Rachel Slifka is a freelance writer and human resources professional. She is passionate about helping fellow millennials find success with their finances and careers. Read more by checking out her website at RachelSlifka.com.