Whether you’re wanting to move house or if you are wanting to really enjoy your retirement, there are ways that you can save up some extra pennies.
There are countless ways to save money and reduce expenses without dramatically hurting your quality of life. All of these tips can benefit, but above them the following principle proudly prevails: Avoid impulsive shopping! If you have already chosen to spend money, do so consciously. Do not buy things just because you need them. Buy the item only the During the last month you have felt the need to use it again on a daily basis. This is how you will learn to distinguish between needs and wants. Selling is also good. There are many ways to sell things on eBay or advertise online:
- Unwanted items
- Selling Your Motorhome
- Selling old utensils
- Trading gold
Remember that you worked hard for your money, and that the more you spend on it, the more you will be required to work.
The English philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill put it well: “I learned to find happiness by reducing my desires, not by trying to satisfy them.”
- Live as close to the workplace as possible (if you are still working, as some of you may well be). This idea is mentioned here quite a few times on the blog, simply because it is one of the best ways to save money. Not only that, it also saves a lot of time, which can be spent on preparing food (instead of paying someone to prepare it), repairing your property (instead of paying someone to repair it) and of course – hobbies, leisure and fun. Along the way, this tip makes it possible to save fuel and vehicle maintenance costs, and of course contributes to fitness.
- Cook for yourself. This allows you to save money and of course know exactly what I am putting into the body and in what amount. The food you prepare yourself is usually characterized by a higher quality than prepared food. Invest in quality kitchen equipment (that will last forever), and learn how to cook for a few days in advance. There are countless simple and quick recipes for meals that can survive months in the freezer. The real wisdom, of course, is to learn to invent recipes from existing ingredients.
- Always buy second-hand products. The savage appetite of the average consumer is insatiable. It’s a bit cynical, but you can take advantage of this negative feature to your advantage by buying perfectly normal products right away, which the previous owner decided to get rid of in favour of an “upgraded” version.
- Take care of your own hair. In other words – count yourself. I think this tip is a must for men with short hair, but as a woman with long hair who has learned to cut herself – I can testify that women can also benefit from it, and even more (after all, the price of a haircut for a woman in an average hairdresser is several times the price of a haircut for a man!) In the long run, being able to tell yourself can save tens of thousands of pounds.
Since I retired and in lockdown I have become a big fan of purchasing secondhand and now caring for my own hair. I’ve made some great savings!