5 Things you can do differently to Save Money
People have their unique kind of lifestyle that they like to keep. However, most of the time it involves spending money. For those who are serious about saving money and still enjoy their favorite activities, here are some of the sacrifices you can make and even if the experience will be different, you will still enjoy your activity in a different way.
- Skip the stadiums and arenas – For sports fans like me, there is always the urge to go experience a sporting event live. Some fans buy season tickets even though they don’t attend all the games. There is nothing wrong with that if you are the millionaire next door. Actually, it is a great thing to go watch a sporting event live once in a while, if you can afford it. However, for those who are serious about saving money, apart from the occasional experience, it would be wiser and frugal to watch the games from the comfort of your home. You will save on buying expensive tickets, gas, over-priced unhealthy food and may be getting knocked out by a rival fan. (jk)
- Don’t fall for deals, even black Friday deals – As we approach black Friday, many businesses will be advertising their deals. On the flip side, many customers are prepping their wallets and purses for a spending Jamboree this Friday. The problem with a;ll deals, including black Friday is they make people buy a lot of wants. And as you get that 50 inch TV you want but don’t need because you already have a 42 or 46 inch TV at home, you might spot a Blu ray player nearby and add it to your cart.In short, deals are only deals if you planned for the item. For example, I might put off buying a laptop I need for school to get it on black Friday cheaper. But I won’t just go to black Friday events and buy a laptop that I do not need just because there is a deal.
- You don’t need that DVR – So you want to catch that show on NBC but unfortunately you are not home. In comes your DVR. To get the DVR, I would have to pay an extra $8 every month to my cable company. I chose to skip it. Instead, you can watch the show you missed on your Cable provider on Demand service or even better go to NBC’s website or which ever network the show is on. They keep at least the last 5 full episodes of the show and you can watch them online for free.
- Buy your own internet modem – Internet providers are cashing in big on monthly modem rental fees. For example Comcast charges over $7 per month for a modem. However, there are many retailers selling the same modems online for cheap. Just make sure you get it from a reputable business.
- You might not need all that juice in your laptop – Last week I wrote about TV shopping networks.One of the things I have observed is sometimes they sell laptops with some very good technical features like 8 Gigs of RAM and an Intel Core 7 processor. This however comes at a price. Unfortunately, some people just buy laptops for minor use like browsing the web and may be using MS Word. You can do that with a laptop with lower specs at a cheaper price.
What are some of the ways you do different to save some money?