“Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included.” – English Proverb
During the holiday season we all need to save more money. Each year it seems there are more and more ways to part with our hard earned money.
We all have that family member or friend who spends half a years salary buying the perfect gifts for everyone. You know who I am talking about. They buy one friend a 1 year subscription to the “Beer of the Month” club, another friend gets the latest tech toy or if you hit the family/friend lottery, maybe a new car! If you are one of those big spenders, comment below or send me an email and I will give you my address, my new friend!
Old Fashioned Christmas!
On the other end of the spectrum are those who go to extremes of creating an old fashioned Christmas such as the Harris Sisters do in their article 30 Traditions to Help You Celebrate an Old-Fashioned Christmas. I actually like this idea. It is more personal and more in line with what I think of as a real Christmas.
Recently I read that the average consumer is expected to spend $1,226 during the holiday season. To us frugal types this is mind boggling. Most of us will not spend anywhere near that much on gifts. Yet our loved ones know they are loved and enjoy what they receive.
Ideas for Saving Money!
If you intend on spending a few months salary on gifts. You’ll need to save some green in other areas to keep your head above water. I’ve compiled a list of 7 Ways to Save Money like the Fit Frugal Dude!
- Drop cable, satellite TV, those packages are expensive and worthless in my mind. Watching TV is a mind numbing way to spend life. There are many better ways to spend your day other than glued to the TV. A few of the ways I spend my free time include exercising, reading, cooking, blogging, learning a new skill or hobby, the possibilities are endless. Just put on your thinking cap and get to it!
- When grocery shopping, avoid processed foods and other junk. Eat more veggies and fruits, not only do they save you money but they add years to your life. Plus you will feel healthier and have tons more energy.
- Skip the latte. Drink the free mud at work. Sure it tastes like engine oil sludge, but its free and can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars over your career.
- Use the FREE gym, also known as Mother Nature. Exercise outside with good ole Ma Nature. She has everything you could ever possibly want. Go for a run, walk, do cardio, or for the more adventurous I hear that working as a lumberjack is a great workout, its cardio and strength training all rolled into one. All while breathing in fresh air!
- Ditch the movie theater. Did you know your library has free movies? Movies can be checked out just like a book? Heck there may even be a few newer movie selections, that is if you consider Gone With The Wind “new”.
- Cook at home and skip eating out all the time. You’ll save a lot of money. You will eat much healthier and as a bonus there’s no need to worry what the mystery meat is that appears in your favorite dish! Plus you’ll learn a new skill in the process.
- Brown bag your lunch, bring last nights leftovers or make a healthy salad, sandwich, in the long run you will save thousands of dollars. Another idea is to follow the suggestions from The Simple Dollar and make a quadruple batch of foods on Sunday for tasty meals throughout the week.
There are many more ways to save money than the 7 ideas listed above. These are just a few suggestions. Yes I do practice what I preach. Using these ideas and more I have saved thousands of dollars over my career. In the long run they can also help propel you to early retirement. Do you need more motivation for early retirement? I know I don’t!
What are some of the ways you save money? I want to hear from you!