When times get tough, you need to do whatever it takes to get by. Whether you’re unemployed, or simply not earning enough at your job, here are some things that desperate people are doing to save money that you should consider.
We’ll admit: Ramen noodle soups aren’t the healthiest meal choices. But guess what? They’re also very cheap. For less than $5, you can stock up on a few days’ worth of food. Too bland for your palate? Try mixing your ramen with foods like eggs or tuna. And if you’re exceptionally hungry you can eat several packets at once.
Park Super Far Away
When you’ve got money, paying $10 or $20 for parking might not seem like a big deal. However, when you’re broke, it’s a whole different story. Parking 20 minutes or more away from your final destination isn’t that bad. Heck, it’s free exercise! Just make sure that you leave your house a bit earlier so that you can still make it on time. And if the weather is really outstanding, you can turn this seemingly bad situation into a mini-adventure.
Cash-In Your Gift Cards
Got gift cards to places like Starbucks, Red Robbins, or other restaurants? If so, get ready to cash them in. When you’re low on money, small things like this can help keep more money in your pocket. Lattes and banana bread might not be the ideal meal combination, but at least it’s free!
Paying $0.99 for each song on iTunes can feel like a huge chunk of change when you’re strapped for cash, and movies are out of the questions. At the expense of your computer’s health, consider downloading torrent music and videos instead. Just make sure that you know what you’re doing because it’s not hard to catch a virus these days!
Almost everyone has had to do this at one point or another. Paying too much on electricity? Did your washing machine or dryer break? Both scenarios call for a trip to your local laundromat. It’s not that bad actually – just bring something to read and the time will go by pretty quick. Don’t have enough for the laundry mat? See if you can do your laundry at a friend’s or family member’s house.
Prepare For Endless Netflix Viewing
Netflix costs about $8 per month. The average night out on the town will cost you at least $50, and cable for $75/month is not in the cards right now. We get it: sitting at home on a Friday or Saturday night might not be ideal, but you’ll definitely be saving a lot of money. To make the time go by faster, consider getting hooked on an awesome TV series (preferably one with several seasons). That way, you’ll always have something to do with your free time.