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Something you may not know about Jake and I is that we’re both really into budgeting and saving. At a young age, I would save up my babysitting money and then really think about any big purchase I would make (usually handbags). I knew if I saved my money I could eventually get something I loved. When Jake and I started dating, we quickly realized we both liked saving and budgeting. In fact, one of Jake’s college degrees is in economics. I wanted to share a few habits that we’ve established to save money. These are little things that can make a huge difference.
6 Habits We’ve Established to Save Money
- Set A Budget: We use an app called Mint that breaks down exactly what we’ve spent money on in many categories ranging from groceries, to bills, to eating out and more. Besides household expenses, we find eating out is one of our biggest expenses. Jake and I are both foodies, so we’ve come up with a budget in each category that allows us to enjoy the wonderful Birmingham food while not overdoing it.
- Grocery Pickup: Although I’ve had a couple of bad experiences with Walmart pickup, I find I save money by using them. With grocery pickup, you order everything online. I am able to check the fridge/pantry before I order to make sure I don’t buy a duplicate of an item. Also I don’t find myself making impulse buys like when I’m the store. I can also easily make sure I am within our grocery budget. Note: I don’t recommend doing pickups on Monday after work, since this is when they seem to be the busiest.
- Limit Eating Out: Eating out is usually our go-to for date night. We try to go eat out only one time a week because it can easily add up. I cook almost every day of the week, then we usually eat out on Saturday night. We also try to eat out at mostly casual restaurants unless it’s a special occasion. Luckily Birmingham has an amazing food scene and it’s easy to find great restaurants that are not expensive. Homemade meals are a lot more affordable than at restaurants.
- Meal Prep: I have found meal prepping to be a great way to really help save money. When I got my first big girl job, I used to eat lunch out a lot. I was quickly finding it to add up, so now I meal prep lunches on Sunday. I portion them into containers, so they’re ready to grab and go. I also make healthier decisions. I need to start meal prepping for dinner next.
- Don’t Drink When Out/Don’t Buy Coffee Daily: When you go out, drinks can easily run you $10 a piece, which adds up fast. We try to not drink when we go out to eat unless it’s a special occasion. The same thing applies for getting coffee daily because a Starbucks drink can easily run you $5. That adds up fast! I brew my own coffee at home most days or buy the iced Starbucks coffee from Walmart.
- Turn The AC Up (Or Heat Down In the Winter) When You Leave: Although this is not as comfortable in the summer, your air conditioning bill will be a good bit lower if you let the house run on the warmer side while you’re gone at work all day.
Transitioning A Hot Pink Jumpsuit Into Fall
Although fall is not here just yet, I am starting to think about fall outfits. I used to think you couldn’t wear bright colors in the fall, but now I realize you absolutely can. The key is how you accessorize them. I added an accent of black to bring this jumpsuit into very early fall. Leopard would also be a perfect way to wear it for fall. This jumpsuit fits a little wide, so I added a thin belt with it. It’s lined as a romper, but is still cute. The lining under it does run a little small, so if you’re in-between sizes I would size up. I want this jumpsuit in red now.
What are some habits you’ve established to save money?