Carry a drink bottle
Let’s save money. Annually, Australians spend almost $1 billion on bottled water alone. Bottled water is one of the greatest marketing gimmicks of all time. Simply put, you are being charged for something that is essentially provided for free. Getting into the habit of carrying a bottle with you for all outings will save you. Those 5 $3 drinks you buy a week are costing you almost $800 a year.
It’s not even a big deal, just fill up your water bottle and chuck it in your bag. Make it part of your morning routine when getting ready. Whilst you’re out enjoying your day you’ll notice more and more how many places there are to refill your bottle for free.
If you like to drink something flavoured, then do exactly that. But take it from home in your bottle. You are not paying for the drink itself when you purchase that cold can of coke in the park. You’re paying for the convenience. That $3 can actually cost $1 if you buy it in your grocery shop and then take it from home.
Another reward for taking your bottle from home every time you leave the house. You reduce your usages of single use packaging and ultimately help the environment.
This may all sound like penny pinching tactics but trust me. Money is made by cutting unnecessary expenditure.
Pack a picnic
Skip the fish and chip shop at the beach. Pack a picnic lunch instead. Spending the day in the park? Prepare your food prior to save money.
The last few years have taught us to prepare food in advance for most activities outdoors. For every hike, camp, walk, park, beach, bike ride ect we pack a lunch.
Sure, from time to time you won’t be able to resist the alluring sound of the ice cream truck cruising down the side street towards you. But for the majority of occasions, take food from home.
The benefits of this aren’t just financial. There’s huge health benefits from preparing your own food too. You know what you’re putting in your body when you’re the one making it.
A picnic in the park is a lot more inviting than a burger on the grass isn’t it?
Let’s say for argument’s sake you spend $30 for 2 people on a day in the park. You do this at least 3 times a month. Add this up and you’re spending over $1,000 annually on take-aways for a ‘free’ day out.
Small savings add up to Big bills
The idea here isn’t to become a tight ass every time you leave the house. Start by changing your small habits with buying bottled water to save money.
You’ll be surprised how much delicious food is easily portable to take on a picnic. Doing this makes the day more memorable in my opinion. Remember that time I bought a hot dog from that food truck? No. remember when we had a picnic gazpacho with crunchy sourdough? Hells yeah.
Cutting back on eating out is one of the easiest ways to increase your savings. Adding in cuts from buying bottled water and you’re looking at easily over a thousand dollars annually. Extra money that you can put towards your financial goals.
If you have another quick money saving tip we can use please let us know in the comments!