Living cheaply has been a goal attempted by many over the centuries, and some seem to accomplish the goal and others have struggles saving money and being frugal. There are some very methodical methods that can make living cheaply seem very realistic.
1. Carrying a certain amount of money will eliminate spending more than should be spent. For example, if a man has only two dollars in his wallet, then that is all that he can potentially spend. If there is emergency, there needs to be another way that a person can find money, otherwise, people will carry emergency money with them all the time that will never get spent on emergencies. Maybe having a cd with the bank and pulling that money out in an emergency is the best way. That way, a cd won’t be breached for a coke or a bag of chips. Proper planning and budgeting will allow a person to know how much they can designate for each day and then only take that much on their person for that day.
2. Shopping for discounts leads to living a cheaper life. Many people don’t want to shop at a thrift store or on eBay because they think they are not selling first-class items. However, many of those items are very first class and will save a frugal person buying them a lot of money. People sell many things for cheap because they have duplicates of the item, or they have never used them because the item is not their style. A person that is only willing to buy brand new items that must have a certain logo will probably not succeed in living cheaply. People that live cheaply always have their eye on a discount.
3. Organized people live cheaply! Some people go out and buy something they have two of already and then just put it in storage. Others go out grocery shopping and buy too much. If a menu was written out, then it would be nearly impossible to buy too much. The leftover food is food that will be thrown away and the money that was spent on those items is thrown away with it.
Living cheaply is something that is determined by the person. The more money that is saved equals the more money that can be spent on other important necessities or emergencies instead of going into debt.