After a holiday, a big celebration and with a few changes happening at work, I figured that now would be a good time to spend less and focus on saving. So far it's meant a handful of small changes and a couple of fun discoveries too. Here are three things I've been doing, including a few habits I picked up from friends:
1. Using my local library
The library in town is excellent and I always check the catalogue if there's something specific I want to read or watch. So far they've had everything I've been after, including some really new releases, cookbooks and documentaries. I've also just started using Zinio for library to download free magazines, which is especially great because magazines are my weakness. I'm using BorrowBox too for free e-books and audiobooks. I've just finished listening to Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians at Kristy's suggestion, it was really fun and great for the nights when I'm home alone.
I'm way behind on this one mainly because my office is in walking distance of Woolworths. We've switched from going to the supermarket most days (!) to trying do a weekly shop at Aldi and buying in bulk even if it means spending a bit more up front. In terms of saving, it only works if I avoid all of the random stuff in the middle of the store, including all the Peppa Pig items I could be buying for my niece!
3. Coffee at home
Buying a bag of coffee beans means we're able to stay in our pajamas for longer on the weekend and resist the temptation to go out for breakfast. Lately I've been making these cheesy egg sandwiches and I'm keen to try these orange ricotta choc chip pancakes :)
If you've got any great tricks for saving money, I'd love to hear them!