Your Money

Lifestyle changes to save you money

- July 3, 2018 2 MIN READ

Let’s face it. We’re all looking for ways to save a dollar or two. Frequently it’s the frivolous purchases we make on a daily basis that wind up hitting our hip pocket hard. If you’re tired of pulling up with an empty wallet before you get to payday here’s a few handy tips that could help you save some money along the way.\

Ditch your daily coffee

OK, we’re not suggesting you should go caffeine free. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. But ditching your daily take-away coffee could save you around a $1000 a year, double that if you have a two cup a day habit… Instead why not consider purchasing a coffee machine for your office. A decent machine will set you back a few hundred dollars but will pay dividends in the long run. You’ll also get the feel-good satisfaction of knowing you are no longer contributing to 10s of 1000s of tonnes of landfill (all those takeaway cups are non-recyclable). Buy a reusable cup or thermos and bring your cup of joe to work from home each day.

Grow your own veges

With more people realising the health and environmental benefits of eating locally grown organic produce, having your own vegetable plot makes a lot of sense. Not only will you have the satisfaction that comes with tending and growing your own fruit and veg, you’ll save money to boot. The food you eat will not be contributing to greenhouse gas emissions as it won’t be getting trucked across the country to reach your table and it will be free of nasty chemicals…It’s a win-win situation. And don’t be put off from pursuing growing your own just because you live in a tiny apartment. There are now vertical garden options and moveable growing trays that can fulfil your needs.

Switch it off

In a world where we are attached to our gadgets twenty-four seven we seem to be stuck in a never-ending cycle of charge and recharge. However, there are plenty of devices and appliances that don’t need to be on charge all the time. Unplugging or switching off idle chargers will save you energy and electricity costs. Do you really need your toaster plugged in and powered on all day every day? What about the TV?  Blu-ray? Toothbrush and Hairdryer? Get into the habit of switching your appliances and devices off at the power point. With ever escalating electricity prices you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much you can save.

Go meat free

If you and your family are big consumers of meat, consider opting for a couple of meat-free days each week.  There’s no denying Australia is a nation of meat lovers Australians consume around 3 times the world average in meat but going meat free is not only great for your health it can save you money too.