The number one downer of a cheapskate is having some free time but not being able to do whatever it is that you want to because it costs money. To be happy, you need to stockpile good ideas so that you can start something straight away when those feelings creep in.
Here are 10 to get you started:
1. Pore through google to find great information about personal finance and development topics. You have to mentally filter out the stuff that is poor quality advice because if you do, you will find the gems. There are so many things out there that you can find if you spend more than a few minutes looking.
2. Sort through one drawer or shelf of stuff in your house. Designate a pile to be thrown away, a pile to be recycled and a pile to be sold. Take photos of the stuff to be sold right away and post them online. Then put the rest of the stuff back neater than before. If you do this once a week, there is guaranteed to be an increase in the tidiness of your house at the very least. If you’re lucky, you might also make some money out of it.
3. Go through the e-book selection from your local library. There is bound to be something you are interested in there, whether it be about personal finance or not. Going to the library works too but really, who can be bothered to do that?
4. Bake something tasty. This helps because it makes you feel good and at the same time, stops you from buying these items outside the home for a huge mark-up. Anything with chocolate in its title is good.
5. Trawl the internet for free personal finance audiobooks. Many well known books can be found on the internet in an audio format. Try youtube. These books will often contain little activities for you to complete which you would not be able to do if you were reading. Listening to them allows your hands to be free for writing.
6. Write a statement about how much money you want, when you want to achieve it and the steps that you will take to get there. Next, add what you would like to do with the money once you get it. This will renew your energy for saving money and help you to focus through the various temptations that appear in life.
7. Text a friend who has unlimited calls on their plan and ask them to call you. You can talk for hours and hours without wasting anyone’s money. You could even talk to them about money.
8. Write your own blog. If you don’t already do it, blogging is a fantastic time filler. The best part is that it’s your blog so you can write about stuff that interests you rather than having to write what other people want you to. It can also help your own journey towards money because you are able to reflect on your experiences.
9. Have a discussion with your significant other about money. Check in with each other to see if you still have the same dreams and goals. This is where you can negotiate all sorts of issues in your relationship and connect with each other in a significant way. If I know anything, it’s that life often gets in the way of connecting with people and this relationship is one of the most significant ones in your life. Also… divorce costs a lot…
10. Go for a walk. If the weather is nice, a solitary walk can be the place for self-reflection and may even give birth to new ideas. Anyone can walk and think so it is the ideal way to really reflect on your life now, your desired life and all of the challenges you face moving between them.
Those are just some of the many things that you can amuse yourself with whilst trying to save money. I tried to select activities that will energise rather than drain you, to ensure that you are motivated to continue on your journey.
What do you do at these times? I would love to hear some suggestions to add to my list!
See you soon,