When it comes to our finances, we’re understandably deeply invested. (Get it?) After all, money makes the world go ‘round, and we don’t want to be left behind. However, it seems sometimes, that the world around us is designed from the ground up to rob you blind at every opportunity, and that’s because it is. Thanks, capitalism! Therefore, it can be a real struggle to save up in order to improve your standing in life, or even just to get by. However, it’s not impossible, and it’s actually much easier than you think. Here are just a few ways to help you beat the system and save your hard earned money.
First and foremost, we spend most of our money, in most cases, at the grocery store. Therefore, that’s the place to start savings. For starters, you’re going to want to start buying off brand products. These products have a stigma associated with them, but I assure you, it’s all propaganda. Off brand products are almost always as good as the “real” thing and much, much cheaper, so there’s no excuse not to save money this way. So, you’ll want to look to lower shelves these potential savings, as the big corporations have ensured that they have exclusive rights to eye level store shelves and are, therefore, the default purchase of the casual shopper. Don’t fall for this trap. Another important wayto save in the grocery store is also good for your health. Instead of buying processed foods, like frozen pizzas and fast food, you’re going to want to start cooking your own meals with fresh ingredients. You’ll lose time in the kitchen, but it’s worth it when you see the savings. In some cases, processed foods are actually cheaper than making the same meal yourself, but they’re also very unhealthy, working all their miracles with the use of additives like sodium and sugar that hurt their nutritional value.
Another way to save is by simply looking for, and taking advantage of, cost cutting offers. Retailers employ special offers all the time to entice customers new and old, so the eagle eyes shopper can take advantage of these great deals. Even when choosing your credit card, be aware of special offers like rewards, cash back offers, and more from corporations like American Express. Keep your eye out for sales and coupons, as well, to maximize savings.