A Simple Approach to Living With Less

20 Simple Ways to Save Serious Money by Becoming a Minimalist Family

There are many ways that being a minimalist family can save you money. Saving money isn’t really the main reason for becoming a minimalist, but it is a nice side effect. I’m sure you’ll come up with more ways that minimalism saves you money, but this is a list of ideas to get you started.

 

1) Plan menus. Taking the time to plan menus has the benefit of avoiding impulse buying at the store and encouraging you to eat healthier.

 

2) Give experience gifts. Put some real thought into the next gifts you give and consider an experience gift like tickets to an attraction or the cost of enrollment to a cooking class.

 

3) Research the free activities in your area. Finding affordable family fun is often challenging. Instead of dropping some serious cash at the movies, check out the local area attractions that often come with a low or non-existent price tag.

 

4) Cut off cable/get rid of TV. Getting rid of your television is one obvious way to shrink your bills. You can also utilize free options available online.

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Article originally published on 10/02/2011

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