How To Live Well on a Tight Budget
Ditch the driving
Cut down on gas bills and auto wear and tear by biking or walking whenever possible. Get a quality pair of athletic shoes to make sure you’re super comfortable, and pick up a pedometer to track your mileage and chart your progress.
At just $134.99 each, users really like the Mantis Ghost 26 Inch Mens Mountain Bike and the Mantis Beach Hopper 26 Inch Womens Bike. And the best part about switching out the car for a bike or your leg power? Killing two resolutions (money saving and fitness) in one!
Move the movies home
Instead of pricey movie theater tickets or elaborate nights on the town, substitute movie nights at home. Make them feel special by creating the theater experience—pop some gourmet popcorn, grab some movie theatre candy and let the whole family select some classic DVDs.
The Audiovox Home Theater System produces cinema-quality sound and picture, and doesn’t break the bank at only $99.99. If a solid DVD player will suffice, check out the Memorex Progressive Scan DVD Player for just $39.99. One user said, “I purchased this unit today and have already watched a movie on it. It runs flawlessly and the unit looks sharp.”
Love where you live
If you’re staying in more—whether it’s for those movie nights or a staycation, you’ll want to really love your home. Freshen up the scenery around you with inexpensive decorative accents or wall décor. Or, turn a rainy day or quiet weekend into a simple renovation project with a stimulating new wall color in rooms where you spend the most time—the kitchen, your living room or the bedroom.
Replace store bought coffee with homemade
It’s easy to become addicted to coffeehouse drinks—but it’s also hard on your wallet. Try making the same concoctions at home for less with top-notch coffee makers and accessories.
Love a latte? Try the BonJour Coffee & Tea Maximus Café Milk Frother. At only $23.99 you can whip up a hot treat in minutes. One self-professed Starbucks addicted user wrote, “It’s so easy to make hot or cold drinks at home with rich foam as good as any coffee shop with this device. Combine it with Starbucks Via Instant Coffee and have instant drinks that taste like you spent a bundle.”
Or, invest in your own espresso maker, like the Krups Steam-Driven Espresso Machine. It’s just $59.99 and will quickly pay for itself in saved store-bought drinks.
“I tried two other more expensive espresso machines from two other stores and sent both of them back,” one user wrote. “This Krups machine is a little gem and I love how it falls right in with my other stainless steel kitchen accessories.”
Make your own vacation
Save hundreds—even thousands of your annual budget by replacing your yearly vacation with a staycation at home. Make summer weekends camping adventures by adding patio furniture and cookout gear like this stainless steel fire bowl for only $49.99.
One satisfied customer wrote, “It’s nice to sit around this during the evenings and we even loaded it up and took it camping with us one weekend. It proved to be a versatile camping tool serving as our cooking fire, then the kids used it to roast marshmallows and then we all sat by the fire as the night wore on long after the kids had gone to bed.”
Spend quality time with family and friends by hosting a cookout with the Weber One-Touch Kettle Charcoal Grill ($89.98). “The first experience with this grill was at a friend’s BBQ,” one user wrote. “It was able to cook several different types of food quickly and to perfection. And it was easy to clean to boot. Go out and get one for tailgating, home or wherever!”