When it comes to saving money, one of the first things we do is try to see where our money is going. Looking through receipts and tracking our spending regularly has helped us keep our spontaneous spending under control. It has also revealed some areas that we could cut back on or eliminate altogether. Here are five things we quit buying that have saved us a ton of money.
Five Things I Quit Buying That Have Saved Us a Ton of Money
1. Regular haircuts and color.
Before we had kids, I had my hair trimmed and colored about every other month. I would spend anywhere from $40-$100 each time I went. (I had been coloring my hair since college, and it wasn’t until my thirties that I saw my natural hair color again.)
The funny this is, I was never satisfied. I could never get the right look. It was always too dark, too light, or the layers were uneven. Now I get my hair trimmed a couple times a year, it’s not super trendy, but it’s me and my color matches my eyebrows perfectly.
After about eight years of marriage, I built up enough trust with Mr. Coppertop that he let me cut his hair. Actually, he just kept getting frustrated that the lady at Pro Cuts left long strands all over his head, so he decided to take a risk on me. Apparently, I wasn’t too bad, because he’s been a returning customer ever since. Though, I keep telling him, his tab is racking up…hehe
I went through a magazine phase for a while where I would subscribe to some diy, health, or cooking magazine, but what would happen is, the magazine would come and I would flip through the pages with the intent to read it in depth later, and later usually never came. Really any topics of this nature I can find anywhere online and save myself the extra money.
3. Fast Food
This was more of a health decision at first, but ended up benefiting our wallets immensely! When we went gluten and sugar free, we said goodbye to fast food. Every once in awhile, if we are around a Chick-fil-A (which the nearest one is over two-hours away) we will stop in and treat the kids, but as far as our weekly Taco Bell or Burger King runs, those are gone. It takes a little extra work, but we cherish our homemade, family meals around the table each night.
4. Gym Membership
I’ve had gym memberships in just about every place we’ve lived. Zumba classes, cycling classes, and weight training cardio all in one spot. It was nice…when I was consistent. I found myself going for a few months, than dropping it for a few months and so on. Then add three kids into the mix and it was next to never.
My favorite workouts now consist of a youtube workout or a wholesome walk outside. I get great results and I don’t have to spend any money doing it.
5. Regular Theater Date Nights
If it’s a special occasion or the theater does a discounted rate, we will treat ourselves to a movie on the big screen. However, at around $40.00 for two tickets and a bowl of popcorn, it didn’t take us very long to decided to skip the theater as a regular date-night option. We would rather save the money and wait to see it when it comes out on DVD or is available in Redbox.
These are just a few things our family has done that we have found very beneficial to our bank accounts.