5 Ways to Simplify Your Life that Could Save You Money (Frugal Friday)

This week I’ve been highlighting some ways to simplify life. Meal planning does not need to be complicated. Your morning routine can be quick and easy. Providing craft activities for your kids can be simple — just hand them the right tools.

And there are “simple” things that you can to do to save money as well.

1. Batch cooking

Do some batch cooking and fill your freezer with homemade convenience foods.

Freezer cooking is not that difficult, nor does it need to suck up your whole weekend. But, preparing big batches of convenience foods in little pockets of time can save you money — and improve your diet. Not only will your grocery cart be full of whole foods that are better for you, but you’ll reduce your needs to have many different items in your cupboard. You’ll also spend less time in the store, thereby averting any impulse buys.

Freezer full of homemade food = less eating out + less shopping + easier decisions

2. Dress simply

The fashionista life can get expensive. There are ways to dress simply that still look good, but that don’t cost you a lot to buy or to upkeep. Choose a simple and small wardrobe in which you always look good.

A few good clothes = easier dressing + less laundry + simpler days

3. Shop closer to home.

Select only 1 or 2 stores to shop at. Not only will you save money on gas, but you’ll also spend less time driving around. No, you won’t get to work all the deals, but you’ll be able to focus on the basics and working the deals at your local store. And sometimes, not working all the deals is a welcome change.

Fewer stores = less driving + less gas + focus

4. Declutter and host a yard sale.

You know you have too much stuff. I know this because there are very few of us who have just what we need. Ours is a generation of excess. Dejunk your cupboards and closets and sell what you don’t use.

Less stuff = simpler life + more money + more space

5. Don’t shop for entertainment purposes.

I am the first to admit that I love “retail therapy.” A few hours at Target is so relaxing for me, especially if I am child-free and clutching a Mocha Frap in my hand. But, I’d also admit that I often buy things, even on clearance, that we don’t really need. Entertainment costs us, but it doesn’t have to.

You’re free to buy whatever you want. I make no rules, provided it’s your money you’re spending. But, I’m realizing that it is the thrill of the purchase that I’m buying, not really the things that I need.

Fewer purchases = less stuff + more money

What do YOU do to save money?

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  1. As usual you are right on the mark! These are easy ways to save money and it adds up quickly.

  2. A wonderful list. I love only shopping at a few stores. I can’t stand trying to get the deals. Taxing my brain and my gas tank. And, yes, we all have too much stuff. Although it can be a thrill to buy something, it can be a pain to maintain, store, and move it.

  3. Thanks, as always, for hosting Jessica! I always learn something new from your posts and from those that link up.

  4. I love your tried and true no nonsense advice. They’re simple things most of us don’t think of but it all adds up. The shopping closer to home thing hitme upside the head! I just recently figured out that driving 20 miles into town for shopping at the discount food store when I can go 2 miles doesn’t seem wise!

  5. Great tips!

  6. I recently stopped going to Target so often. I would go just to roam around the perimeter to look at their clearance. But I was coming home with stuff I didn’t really need.

    Great post. Thanks for the link-up.

  7. Great post!

    When I feel the urge to shop, just for the thrill of the purchase, I go to the library and take out way too many books and DVD’s. I get the same thrill, spend no money, find new books, and even get free exercise carting the whole load home! And in a few weeks, all the clutter can go back to the library. It’s a perfect solution.

    Annie Kate

  8. Barb @ A Life in Balance says:

    So often people come up with huge lists of ways to save money, but for those getting started, a huge list is overwhelming. Just picking 5 ways and sticking with those for 2 months is really the way to get started, in my opinion. It could just be 3 ways. The point is to make at least one change and then build on that change without overwhelming oneself with a multitude of changes.

  9. Thanks so much for hosting!

    I have left a link to my post about 1 WAY TO BEAT INFLATION. You might be surprised about my tip, but it really makes sense.

    Thanks for giving us a forum for saving and sharing!

  10. Great tips and links, as always!

  11. Shannon L says:

    We eat cereal for breakfast every morning, but always have at least two different options. We also have only three options for lunch per week other than leftovers. This way we don’t get tired of the same food over and over but I don’t get overwhelmed by meal planning. In addition, I buy a different type of fruit every week, but we eat the same type everyday. A sample meal plan looks like this.

    Breakfast-Multigrain Cheerios or Shredded Wheat

    Lunch-Mac & Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, or Delimeat, cheese & crackers
    Fruit of the week

    The meal plan changes every week so I can take advantage of markdowns and sales, but not worry about waste.

  12. Oh, retail therapy. I’m definitely guilty of that. I do love to shop and I don’t really like “window shopping.” When I hit the stores, I buy stuff. It’s better (though sad) to just stay out.

  13. Great tips, especially the one on not shopping for entertainment. I hate going to the mall “just to go”. It’s incredible all the free things you can do entertainment if you really sit down and think about it!

  14. Great tips. I’m all about dressing simply. Jeans, capris, skirts, knit tops and cardigans are what I wear. I have a limited number of each item and just mix and match for different looks.

    I wasted a lot of money in retail therapy. Now I just stay out of the stores.

  15. Hey, I like your formulas! They make sense. Indeed, simplicity oftentimes is equal to a stress-free life especially for moms like us.

    I have been a frugal mom for the longest time. Aside from doing this for my family, this is my own little contribution to save the economy and the environment. Along the way, I learned that I don’t have to do this alone. Frugality can be fun with friends – having a grocery buddy, pooling shopping time with a small group of friends, exchanging coupons, sharing tips and news about great deals, and buying in bulk to save money. We use an online tool called SplitStuff (http://splitstuff.com) so we practice splitting expenses and sharing resources with ease and convenience.

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