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.