How to be Thrifty

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I’ve recently come to terms with the harsh reality that I need to start saving money. I’m trying to figure this out before my financial situation is deemed critical. There are only so many times one can dip into their savings before there’s nothing left to dip into. I’m working on replenishing my funds before it’s too late. Here’s what I’ve learned through my experience thus far. Feel free to leave additional helpful tips in the comments below.

Give yourself time to figure out how to save money.

It’s like cutting our sugar. The first few weeks are the hardest. Sure, you can afford to go to Booster Juice every once in a while, but you don’t need to. If you go frequently, these seemingly minor purchases can add up very quickly.

Patience

Patience is not my strong suit and from my experience, being thrifty takes patience. In the past, the thought of searching the internet for coupons or sifting through racks of clothes for a good deal, sounded exhausting and not worth it. Not anymore. Ok, that’s not totally true. The thought still exhausts me, but my hope is to power through in the name of saving money.

Discernment

You need to learn what’s worth spending money on and what you don’t really need. This is something I’ve always struggled with. For reasons that escape me at the moment, I have trouble spending money on shoes I would wear to work every day, (boring, yawn) and yet I had no problem buying a new pair of workout pants, because you can never have enough of those, right? The other day I ran out of hand soap and thought I could just use body wash for a while. I also ran out of this expensive hair product I use, and, at the time, I felt that was more important to restock… I can’t decide if that was the right decision or not. It’s a work in progress.

How to be a Sports Fan

So you want to be a sports fan, do you? Most people believe that a sports fandom is ingrained in you at a young age and can’t be developed later in life. This is not true. You can start to follow a new sport or sports team whenever you want. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’m here to show you how.

Step 1: Choose a Sport

First thing’s first. Select a major league sport. (You could also go the hipster route and choose a lesser known minor league, but for the sake of this tutorial, we’re going to go with major league.) This should be the easy part. Hopefully, you’ve decided to become a sports fan because you’ve recently discovered the joy of watching a particular sport and want to take your newfound joy to the next level. If you don’t enjoy watching sports, frankly I don’t know why you’re doing this.

Step 2: Choose a Team

Once you’ve chosen a sport to follow, it’s important to stick to one team. Own them. They’re your family now. Their fans are your family now. Now, it is possible to switch teams, but it’s very difficult and you pretty much just get the one grace period (if you’re lucky). Then you really have to stick to that team or no one will take you seriously (well, sports people). They’ll think you just jump to whichever team is winning and have no loyalty.

How to Select a Team

Hometown Favourite

Your team of choice can be selected through a variety of factors. Most fandoms are in support of their hometown. If your hometown doesn’t have a major league sport, you can support a nearby city.

Choose the Best Team

You can also go with team performance and winning history. A big part of being a sports fan is telling others why your team is better than theirs. If you’ve selected a team with a history of being the best, your arguments will come a lot easier.

Pick Your Favourite Colour

If all else fails, go with your favourite colour. Afterall, you’re going to be wearing a lot of it.

Step 3: Cheer No Matter What

Once you’ve chosen a team, you cheer for them regardless of how well they’re playing. It’s called patriotism.