Frugal Living 2022: Wealthier, Healthier & Happier (70+ Tips!)

Frugal living 2022: A healthier, wealthier, and happier you!

Frugal living blogs made you feel like a failure

  • not worry about penny pinching all the time.
  • go for international vacations.
  • have fun with friends.

What makes a person frugal?

Your time and money are valuable!

Before wondering about how to live cheap, start with the why

  • Yes, more money in the bank would be awesome (who wouldn’t love that?).
Who doesn't love more money?
  • Yes, you could be free of clutter and gain more peace.
  • Yes, you could retire early from your soul sucking job and travel the world.

How simple frugal living can set you free

  • pursue your life goals
  • change jobs
  • retire early
  • save for emergencies, big purchases, children’s education, vacations, etc

More time, money, and peace with one lifestyle change?

Simplicity is the key to a peaceful life.

Want to be a happier family?

Children love getting involved in household chores.

Do you care for the environment?

Want to be more creative?

Gardening is therapeutic.

How to begin a frugal lifestyle?

  • Your “why” for wanting to save.
  • How will frugal living help you with your one, five, and ten-year goals?
Planning is the key to achieve any goal. Your "why"needs to be solid.

The key word that shapes a frugal lifestyle

Baby steps…

Taking small but consistent steps is the key to achieving bigger goals.

“Buy less” might not be the best frugal living idea for you

Underbuyers can end up being hoarders, too,

How can you be more frugal in 2022?

How to eat healthy while saving money: frugal living tips for the kitchen

  • Best frugal living idea in the kitchen? Cook your food. It’s healthy and it saves you a tonne of money.
Home cooked food is healthier and cheaper than eating out.
  • Many frugal living experts ask you to eat cheap quality food to save money. Don’t compromise on your health to save a few bucks.
  • Invest in good quality, nutritious food to lower your doctor’s bills and save money in the later years.
  • Instead, avoid buying junk food. Grocery shop in a full stomach to dodge the temptation. Use coupons to save more.
  • Better still, shop online. My husband and I recently discovered that we spend ˜50% less on groceries when we order online. The shelves of chocolates, snacks, and frozen pizzas can be better avoided when they’re not dangling in front of you.
  • Cut down on meat consumption or better still, go vegan. Studies, books, and documentaries show the health benefits of a plant-based diet. Do consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.
  • Meal prep in advance or cook in batches and freeze it to eat over the week.
  • Cook and freeze items like rice, pasta, or lentils to use in different recipes.
  • Use leftover food to make creative dishes.
  • Stock up on your pantry and freezer so there’s always something available to eat or cook.
  • Store common ingredients for quick meals like bread, taco shells, noodles, salsa, and spices.
  • Invest in an instant pot or slow cooker to cut down on cooking time while enjoying nutritious meals.
  • Even if you eat out on special occasions, share appetizers or desserts.
  • Do not spend extra on pre-cut veggies and fruits. If you’re pressed for time, cut them in bulk and store them in airtight containers or reusable ziploc bags.
  • However, if pre-cut veggies and fruits increase your chances for eating healthy rather than junk, then go for it.
  • Avoid buying name brand cereals, juices etc. if you get the same quality products in generic or store brand varieties.
  • Cut down on soda and drink water instead. Your body will thank you.
  • Invest in a cold pressed juicer to make healthy smoothies and juices.
  • Don’t fall for the frugal tip of buying food in bulk unless you’re the type who’ll use all of that.

How to dress well without burning a hole in your pocket: frugal living ideas for the closet

  • Opt for a capsule wardrobe. It’s economical and helps get rid of the analysis paralysis of what to wear every day. Items like a pair of denim, a white shirt, a well-fitted suit, or a black dress could be worn on most occasions.
  • Buy multipurpose clothes or repurpose old clothes. It saves money and gives the impression of an expansive clothes collection.
  • If you live in a cold place, then invest in one or two good coats, jackets, boots, sweaters, and gloves to wear outdoors.
  • Learn how to sew to repair simple wear and tear. You could stitch and style your own clothes, too.
Styling your own clothes could be a creative outlet for you.
  • The secret to long-lasting clothes is taking good care of them.
  • Hand wash your delicate clothes in cold water.
  • Hang clothes to dry rather than putting them in a dryer.
  • If using a dryer, then invest in laundry balls. They save time, money, and energy by shortening the drying cycle while caring for clothes.

Hold your horses…before buying those big ticket items!

  • Think long term when making decisions to buy items like houses or cars.
  • Prioritize necessity over aesthetics.
  • Purchase a second-hand car or become a one-car family.
  • Take public transportation, if possible.
  • Walk or bike short distances to get more exercise while caring for the environment.
  • Opt for a smaller house or downsize to one. A small house requires less maintenance and upkeep.
  • Choose a neighborhood that’s in sync with your lifestyle. For example, a place where people aren’t flashy and you (or the family) don’t feel compelled to keep up with the latest trends.
Happiness comes from spending quality time together.

How to make your house a warm “home” without breaking the bank?

  • Buy generic toiletries and cleaning items instead of the brand name ones.
  • Use Amazon to buy over-the-counter medicines.
  • However, remember your health comes first. Don’t sacrifice quality for price.
  • Use less toothpaste or shampoo than what’s advertised by the seller.
  • Consume every bit of shampoo or toothpaste before opening a new one.
  • Opt for multipurpose or natural household cleaning products. Versatile ingredients like a vinegar and baking soda combination can clean almost anything.
  • Make your own cleaning products, if you’re so inclined.
  • Get rid of the house phone.
  • Cut off the cable lines. With a host of subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime, what do you need cable for?
  • Invest in energy saving or LED bulbs. They use less electricity, are better suited for the eyes, and are good for the environment.
  • Declutter your house and get rid of excess junk. Give the items to goodwill or do a garage sale.
  • Spend quality time with friends and family over board games or movie marathons with homemade snacks.
  • Beautify the yard or balcony with glow in the dark plants, fairy lights, and old repurposed furniture. Use it for date nights, potlucks, or barbecues.
Barbecues and potlucks are wonderful and cheap ways to socialize with friends and family.
  • Opt for off-season or local places to travel. Also consider staycation.
  • Spend quality family time with hiking, camping, or trips to the library or the museum.
  • If you’re a reader, then the public library is your friend. It saves money and offers the opportunity to meet like-minded people.
  • Kindle unlimited or Prime reading subscriptions are other cheap ways to read more books.

Money doesn’t grow on trees — super frugal living tips even when you earn little

  • Pay off your debts before starting to save. Debts are a burden on your resources.
  • If your current income forces you to take on debt, then you could look for a side hustle.
  • Subscribe to cashback apps and Chrome extensions such as Rakuten, Ibotta, and Dosh to save on purchases.
Cashback apps help you save a tonne on purchases.
  • Renegotiate your monthly phone, cable, and insurance bills. Call up your service providers to ask for the best rate or use an app like BillShark.
  • Automate your monthly bill payments to avoid late fines.
  • Invest spare money (as little as $5) through apps such as Acorn.
  • Save money on expert advice by using services like Just Answer where experts are available 24/7. Pay anywhere between $5 to $90 depending on the field of expertise.

How to become a better person while also saving money?

  • Opt for a zero-waste or no shopping day, week, or month.
  • Quit smoking and drink socially, if at all.
  • Stop using paper napkins and plastic cutlery.
  • Preventative maintenance saves money. From servicing your car to eating healthy and exercising, find ways to maintain the health and longevity of your family and possessions.
  • Invest in upskilling yourself. The more you learn, the better your prospects to earn more.
  • Do a social media detox. The less you compare your life to others, the less stuff you buy.
  • Read books on financial savings to get more ideas on frugal living.
  • If you have extra room or space, consider renting on AirBnB to earn some extra cash.
  • Practice saying “no” more often. Avoid saying yes to activities or social events just to fit in.
  • Do things that bring you real joy like pursuing a hobby, time out in nature, spending quality time with people/pets. You don’t need to spend cash to feel better.
Time out in nature is rejuvenating and it doesn't cost a dime.

Everyone can win at frugal living. What’s your excuse?

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Kasturi Patra

Writing, life, career, mental health with a dash of memoir and fiction thrown in. Portfolio: kasturipatra.com ; Email: kasturi.mib2010@gmail.com