It’s no surprise that times are tough and money is tight. Everyone is feeling the crunch of the bad economy and the lack of work for us all. It can be a bummer, but there are things you can do to save money on every day purchases that don’t make you feel like you’re living at the poverty line. Sometimes some simple tactics go a long way and you can live the lifestyle you want at a cost of slightly below the market value. Follow this advice if for any reason you’re looking to maximize the utility of your precious few dollars. Breath some new life into that wallet!
1. Used Car From Reputable Dealer
A used car can be the perfect solution to a stifled wallet. These days cars seem to last longer, so you can go a few years further back than you might have done otherwise. Also, there are more brands that have a reputation for longevity. Everyone knows Toyotas and Hondas last forever, but Hyundais are good too, and even though they’re relatively new to the US, the Fiat company has build a great reputation overseas that translates directly to success here. In fact, the fiat orange county dealer is pretty new and already has a bunch of loyal customers, myself included. Check out the OC Fiat and get a really decently priced car from a reputable dealer. That’s peace of mind and savings all in one!
2. All-in-One Coffee Grinder/Brewer
A cost that adds up way faster than you might think is coffee, the daily visit to Starbucks or even the local kiosk that sells coffee by the Styrofoam cup. There are a lot of ways to save money on coffee, and a lot of things you can get that will pay for themselves quickly and easily. I love my coffee grinder and brewer that is a one piece single unit. It’s a burr mill grinder, to maximize the bean’s flavor, that dumps the beans automatically into the washable filter and knows automatically how much water to pump through. It brews automatically into my travel mug, so I have the coffee to go whenever I want it. I can set it on a timer so I wake up and my travel mug is full and ready. A bit pricey at first, but I never have to go to Starbucks again!
3. A Record Player
How can a purchase that requires you to purchase things be a money saver? With the new excitement around vinyl in the last few years, there are a ton of new record shops opening up all over the country. And with that comes a lot of cheap records that you would have difficulty getting otherwise. Scour through the $1 bin at these stores and you will no doubt find some gems that would cost you $10 on CD or on iTunes, plus you’ll get to hear them in the way they should be listened to, spinning at 33 1/3 rotations per minute on your record player.
4. Farm Share Membership
It’s all the rage in every city now. You can become a member of a farm share and reap the benefits of their locally grown foods. You may not always have a choice as to the contents for your harvest, and it’s extremely seasonal, but that makes it more exciting. Plus, you have the very real personal and human connection to the world around you and the season you are in. It’s a way of living in a sustained way that also saves a lot of money over the long haul, while improving your health and your sense of worth.