Small Sacrifices You Can Make To Save Money Today

Say no to spending too much money! (image)

We waste money on a daily basis, sometimes without thinking about it. Leaving the laptop plugged in overnight for example, or buying a branded product from the supermarket rather than the cheaper (and often very similar) alternative. Those extra few bucks could have gone into our savings, but instead, they are squandered because of our wastefulness. It’s even worse when we fail to budget properly, and when we end up contacting because we have found ourselves in debt, we need only look into the mirror if we want somebody to blame. The truth is, there are sacrifices in our daily living we can all make if we want to see ourselves better off each month. We have listed some of them below, giving you a few ideas to save money at only a small sacrifice to you.

Sacrifice #1: Turn down your heating

You want to be warm in your house, we get it, but you can make a substantial saving if you sacrifice your need to be warm and toasty 24/7. Only turn the heating on when the temperature is too chilly otherwise, and layer yourself in warmer clothing to cut down on the heating costs. Your thermostat doesn’t need to be on max either, and by turning it down a few degrees, you will save a few dollars on your heating bill.

Sacrifice #2: Make your own food

You need to eat, so we aren’t telling you to sacrifice your nourishment. But do you really need to get a takeaway every week? Should you be living on processed food from the supermarket? The answer to both is no! For starters, your health is at risk if they constitute the majority of your diet, and you will feel the pinch in your pockets. Instead, learn how to cook, and use natural ingredients that are both cheaper and better for you in the long run. Put the extra money you save into your emergency fund, and live a healthier lifestyle.

Sacrifice #3: Cancel your subscriptions

We are entertainment junkies, always craving the latest movie on Netflix or enjoying the delights of whatever subscription box we have paid upfront for. These are all well and good, but if this applies to you, ask yourself if you need to subscribe to everything. Your regular tv stations may have enough to fulfil your movie needs, and your monthly box of delights may not always be up to par considering what you signed up for. So look at what you are signed up to, and if you aren’t really benefiting from whatever service you are paying for, cancel them, and use the money you are saving elsewhere.

Sacrifice #4: Get out of your car

Admit it, you probably use your car far too much. The question is this: do you need to? You are wasting a lot of fuel if you use your car for short distances, and you will feel the benefits both health-wise and financially if you walk to where you need to be instead. If you need your car for your daily commute, check to see if public transport is cheaper, or car-share with a colleague, and share the expense between you.


Making a sacrifice can be tiresome, especially if you are used to a certain type of lifestyle. However, the ideas we have mentioned are not completely life-changing, and you will enjoy the benefit of having more money in your pocket if you follow them.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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