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21 small actions that help you make big savings

Just as we clean our house regularly, so should we clean our finances.

By Cosmin ChildPublished 4 months ago 7 min read
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21 small actions that help you make big savings
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Often, a few small changes can lead to big savings in the long run, both in terms of time and money.

We have prepared below a list of 21 such actions:

1. Current account — no fees

With so many offers of current accounts without administration fees, transfer fees, and any other fees there are, it would be a shame not to benefit too.

2. Use a credit broker

It will save you time looking for yourself, it will find you the best deals on the market and it won’t cost you anything. The financier will pay it.

3. Quit smoking

Simple to say, harder to do, but well worth it. It will save you money, health, and time.

4. Switch from subscription to card, if it is more advantageous

It’s not worth keeping a subscription just because you can buy a phone at a discount. You better buy the phone directly.

5. Get discounts

There are many ways you can get discounts: loyalty cards, and cashback credit cards, and there are also regular discounts that merchants make. I advise you to take advantage of them, of course, given that you need what you want to buy.

6. Make barters

If you have skills that can be used, in addition to a classic job, you can make barters with those who need what you have to offer. I have had countless occasions in making bartenders offering coaching services or my sales skills in exchange for various services.

7. Shopping list

I know it’s a very “original” idea:)))) but it works like a dream. A simple list of what you need, leave room for 1–2 additional things, and guarantee you will have substantial savings on shopping.

8. Clean your room, closet, and life

We have a bad habit of storing a lot of old and useless things in the house and we tend to always add new things. Maybe it’s time to do a “general cleaning” and throw away what you no longer need (or give a gift to those who need it) and stop operating on a minimalist level. Seriously, do you need all those clothes, books, decorations, children’s toys, etc.?

9. Cycling, walking, public transport

It helps you to exercise and save money and possibly even relax. I relax even when I go by subway. I have the opportunity to read, think about the immortality of the soul, or observe the people around me. Okay, we’d better avoid rush hour.

10. Write down all your expenses in an application or a personal budget

This simple habit can reduce your costs by 5–10% per month, without even realizing it.

11. Apply the 30-day rule

When you are tempted to make a big purchase (electronics, appliances, etc.), do not buy them on the spot. Wait 30 days and think about whether you need that purchase or if it was a fad. Most of the time, after 30 days, any fad will pass.

12. Use price comparators

If you still want to make a more important purchase, use the sites that find the lowest prices on the market for a certain product.

13. Observe what you constantly throw out of the fridge

And don’t buy anymore!

Maybe there are certain products that you consider healthy or that you think will be useful in the future, but that often end up in the trash. I’ve often had stocks of fruit or milk and cereal (I’ve heard they’re healthy) and I’ve thrown them away many times. Maybe it would be better to buy only what is eaten, not what would be ideal to eat.

14. Eat less when you go out

Hahaha — sounds very funny, but it’s not. We become aware of the state of satiety after we have already had enough. For this reason, we feel very full after many meals. It would be better to order less from the beginning and eat slower (it’s also healthy). We will notice that we are tired, we feel even better and we also saved money.

15. Buy products from hard-to-reach shelves

Don’t rush to buy the products on the middle shelves, the most easily accessible. Know that these are the most expensive products. Traders take money from manufacturers to place your product on those shelves.

Also, look at the bottom or top shelves. You may find similar products at much lower prices.

16. Don’t go shopping when you’re stressed

When you are stressed, your brain is flooded with cortisol (the stress hormone). It is not the best time to go shopping because you will buy a lot, expensive and meaningless. Your brain will urge you to do anything to get a little momentary satisfaction (gratification). You will do impulsive shopping.

Better a poor horse than no horse at all. You’re going to take a long walk ahead, you’re hugging a loved one (or a tree :)), you’re talking to someone who validates you, and you’re only going shopping afterward. This way you will save money. You’ll see.

17. Sleigh in winter and summer

Buy what you will need after Christmas Next Christmas, after the summer you will need what you need next summer, and so on.

18. Own brands — supermarket

Maybe for some products, you want top quality that a certain brand guarantees you, but for other products, you may just want utility and nothing more. You should know that, in general, the store’s brand products are cheaper and often comparable in quality to those of famous brands.

The lower price is mainly due to the very low marketing costs of the branded products. They do not need too much publicity and do not have various costs of listing and keeping on the shelf, as do other products.

Maybe it would not be a bad idea to focus on this type of product, at least to test them first. You may be surprised at the quality as well as the economy.

19. Relax with your loved ones

First of all, seek to spend quality time with your loved ones, and secondly, spend your time in expensive places.

I was inexpensive places with people less dear to me and in affordable places, but with people dear to me. The second type of experience was always more enjoyable and useful.

Be balanced in choosing places where you spend your free time. Not every outing needs to cost you a fortune. You can very well spend your time in a pleasant and relaxing way and at a picnic, visiting a friend who has a yard, a neighborhood restaurant, or a park.

20. Carpool — carpooling

If you travel regularly outside the city, you can share the car with someone who has to do the same road, using a platform like this.

You can also connect with someone to share the car on the way to work. There is no point in burning gasoline alone in the car, especially if you are an extrovert.

21. No consumer debt

After taxes, interest is the biggest expense that people incur throughout their lives. If a mortgage is still acceptable, I see no reason why you should take and maintain a personal loan.

Do your best to get rid of debt.

Propose small actions for big savings

As you can see, most of the 21 actions do not require you to give up something. There are actions through which you get what you need and want and at the same time, you make savings.

After going through my list of 21 small actions that can bring you big savings, I’m sure a series of similar actions came to mind. I’m sure many of them are even better than mine. It is important to implement them.

Good luck!

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