How to Control Your Expenses and Live Frugally
Not many people are quite enthusiastic when it comes to cutting down your expenses. Most of the time when you are stressing upon cutting down the expenses with your family, all you get as a response is a bunch of groans, clearly saying, “Can you come up with a better idea”? However you do not want to end up going bankrupt. Even if you are, a bankruptcy attorney or a bankruptcy lawyer can get you out of trouble. However, you must not wait until trouble strikes you. Look for better ways to stop spending a lot of money.
If you are habitual of living a luxurious life, or you have spoilt your children by giving them the entire extravaganza, this is not going to be a simple task. Therefore, it is better to play a fair game. You just cannot simply cut down all the luxuries you had given to your children, which they might consider as their basic necessities. Go slow and play wise. It is better to let them know that you are going through a financial crisis and before that ‘big’ trouble arrives, you need to be well prepared. It is like you know a giant monster is going to hit the city, and if you do not save yourself somehow, it will eat you alive! Your children would be wise enough, and you should tell them the truth rather than being strict and snatching away those ‘glitters’ away from them.
To many, living frugally means having no fun at all! This is not true. You can limit down your expenses and even then manage to have fun. You need to just be a little more thoughtful. Let us say, you cannot go to the movie with your friends because the cinema expenses, popcorn and the drinks will mean more expenses. Now, before you sit down with a drawn face, here is an idea. You can simply rent some DVD’s and ask all your friends to gather at some friend’s place where people can divide what they are to bring. Someone can bring the drinks, someone can bring the snacks and someone can rent the movies. Moreover, you are also going to have the comforts of home and watch movies as long as you want.
If you have a house of your own, you can rent out a few rooms to bring in some extra income. You must give these rooms to someone trusted, after all you do not want the paying guest to rob you and leave you empty handed! This way you can generate a new means of income and even help someone out.
Saving, saving, saving! It is all about how you plan your savings. You can have different ways of saving money. This may include prize bonds, cash etc. It is important that you use them only when there is a dire need. Save money on everything you buy and limit the number of times you dine out. If you eat out twice a week, make it once a week. Eat good quality food, but avoid really expensive ones. This will save you a great deal of money and you can eventually learn to live frugal, yet happy.