Being right out of college I found it somewhat difficult to pick and choose what I absolutely NEEDED to spend my are earned money on and what I could live without. I used to shop ALL OF THE TIME. Literally. Here is how I came to learn the value of a dollar, and where to spend it – where to save it.
My first trip to the grocery store to purchase all of my own food was a rude awakening. I went to Wegmans. Around me, this is probably the most expensive grocery store unless you’re buying food in bulk. I don’t know about you, but the only things I actually purchase in bulk – or think are with it to purchase in bulk – are frozen goods and Clif protein bars .
I go to a local Weis market and get everything I need to eat for a week. I will usually only buy 2 vegetables, that will last all week, and maybe 3 types of fruit. One protein – like seafood or chicken will last me the week. Purchasing a few Chobani Greek yogurts – usually on sale with a club card – significantly reduces how much I spend on food daily. These come to less than $2.00 each! I also save through looking for specials on oatmeal for breakfast .
When I began my first full-time job out of college about 9 months ago, I wanted to purchase a gym membership to attend classes and motivate myself. I hadn’t had one in years since I had free admission at my college’s fitness center. I save money every day because I DON’T have a gym membership. Yes, it takes more self-discipline to get up in the morning, but I can get the body and definition I want without any equipment, so why pay $200 for 3 months access to a gym? There are other ways you can save money every single day, but these are the most noticeable expenses that are now missing from my bank account . Here are some helpful links to get you started saving!