Have you ever had one of those perfect ‘aha’ moments, where something hits you in a flash of brilliance? “Eureka!” you exclaim. “I’ve found the secret to frugality!” Of course you have. At least once, I’m sure.
Well, do you mind sharing? The rest of us are dieing to know.
My flash of brilliance came while grocery shopping, and it’s twofold. The first part might not apply to you as it’s local; a grocery store near me offers â‚¬5 in credit on your store card for every â‚¬50 spent on Thursdays. “Eureka!” I thought. “I’ll only go grocery shopping on Thursdays!” But more importantly than the (sometimes up to â‚¬20) in store credit earned was the money saved by only shopping every second Thursday. By only shopping every two weeks I was able to maximize the rewards earned while minimizing my grocery bill. Not to mention the time spent battling the Thursday crowds- I wasn’t the only one to have this frugal idea!
So my secret to frugality is ‘Don’t be afraid to set a routine and then stick to it.‘ Going fourteen days in between shopping trips forces me to maximize my pantry and use its contents creatively. Not to mention that the self-imposed rules really do help my budget; I notice my spending goes up, way up, when I shop weekly.
What are your secrets to frugality, your ‘eureka’ moments? Frugal tips like these are too good not to share!