What is A Budget Diet?
It’s a no buy challenge that you’ll try for a week or maybe even a month.
Just follow this one simple rule for frugal living:
Limit your purchases to the essentials.
Yes, that means the needs, not the wants.
You’ll be forced to think twice about every purchase.
Do you really need to buy that bag of salad or could you buy the head of romaine instead and save $2?
The same goes for almost any packaged, prepared food because cooking from scratch is always healthier and cheaper.
Those cute pink sandals are on sale, but believe me…those are not a need.
Instead of going to the carwash, let your kids do that chore.
Do you really need to buy another pair of swim goggles, or could you get super-organized and find last year’s pair?
Have a water balloon fight and play in the sprinklers instead of shelling out $30 per person at the water park.
The end result? It’s a chance to get back to the basics, focus on simple pleasures and get your spending in check.
If you typically spend $300 a week on food, fun and all those weekly errands…challenge yourself to spend $150. That’s right…cut your weekly allowance in half. Just think, at the end of the month you’ll have an extra $600 that you could put toward credit card debt, a weekend getaway or maybe a new TV!
Looking for more frugal living tips and ideas? Check out my most popular article: Cut Your Spending by $400 a Month.
Ready? Set? Let’s get this Budget Diet started!
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