January; month of the miser! (Saving tips for January)

Jan / 27 / 2017

December ended with you reminiscing on how good the Christmas holidays were. It however got you thinking about how you and your bank account are going to get through January. Here are a few helpful tips to help you get through the long unending days of January.

Work resumes on the 5th of January and at lunchtime, your lunch buddy beckons to you for your usual lunch time ritual but you can’t afford to spend so much because… December. Opt for a packed lunch from home. Buy groceries in bulk and have a meal plan where you cook different meals for the week. This means that for every day of the week, you already have stored food. Switch it up with rice, pasta, potatoes, salads, e.tc so you won’t get bored eating the same things and get you craving meals from restaurants which you are trying to avoid.

On the weekends especially on Fridays, most people would like to unwind by going to a bar or a club. If you’re one of those who like to unwind at a bar, why not save those coins and make your home a suitable environment for unwinding. If you like to have a drink after work, why not stop at a supermarket and buy your drink of choice. The prices are usually lower than bars and restaurants. If you have a garden or a porch, why not sit outside (don’t forget to light a mosquito coil) with your drink and enjoy the scenery. You can tell your family to spare you about 2 hours of alone time so you can have some peace and quiet. The Acasia Townhomes, come with an outdoor pool, so you can set up a bar by the pool or have your dinner by the pool under the stars. You could also plan game night with your family or spouse. Download family friendly games from the internet or even regular board games. Playing video games is also a great way to unwind and there are great games for adults as well.

Another great way to save money is to buy groceries in bulk. It has been proven by loads of families that buying groceries in bulk saves them a lot of money in the long run rather than buying them one at a time. Buying toiletries and groceries at a go may seem pretty expensive in the moment but saves a lot of money and time as you always have enough to cater for you and your family for a longer period of time. If you have a storage unit, you can always store excess toiletries and groceries in there.

January is a trying month for everyone financially. After the literal spread and show of Christmas love in December, you get into January where you have school fees to pay, utility bills to pay and if you run a business, workers that need to be paid. And in this economy, with inflation always lurking nearby, it is prudent that we learn to save and make the most of our earnings. Hopefully, this blog post has shed some light on how to save money and make it till your next pay check comes along. Good luck!

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