A common advice I’ve stumbled on over and over again is to cut costs. Cut any unnecessary expenses from your life and really keep what’s necessary. A lot of FI community members say this. I’ll even venture to say ALL of them say this, at least the ones I’ve come across. Sometimes this is way easier said than done.
Here are a few ways (baby steps) we tried to trim our budget.
Bring lunch to work
We meal prep every Sunday and Wednesday. Sunday’s batch will cover lunches on Monday through Wednesday. On Wednesday, we cook for Thursday and Friday lunch. That way, we do our large batch cooking (lunch AND dinner) on Sundays and Wednesdays instead of worrying about what tomorrow’s lunch will be every day after work.
Roast your veggies
Roasting vegetables are super easy in terms of prep AND clean up! I would highly recommend this. It’s a very simple set-it-and-forget-it strategy we do every week.
Implement a 2-month waiting period
Before we buy anything, we implement a 2-month waiting period. If after 2 months, we still want it then we will purchase it. However, what often happens is that we forget about the item entirely. That way, we eliminate any whimsical purchases from our budget.
I know this sounds strange but hear me out. After reading about Minimalism & watching the documentary on Netflix, I have a changed mindset. Every item carries with it some sort of responsibility. I have to take care of my items and find a spot for it in my house. With every item, I lose space for other things. I have to take time to clean it and care for it. But let’s get real. I’m super lazy.
I donated some of the clothes I haven’t worn in a year. I also found some old items I could definitely sell on Amazon to earn some extra cash. Now with more space and fewer items, I feel better. The house feels less cluttered because there’s fewer things.
Please let us know how you’ve tried to cut costs. For me, baby steps are a lot easier to do than huge drastic cuts. Would love to hear how you all are doing it.