1- Bring your lunch from home instead of spending money eating out.
This is a thing I should’ve started doing at the beginning of the school year but unfortunately, I didn’t. This might sound like a bother: having to cook and then transport the food to school/ work, but trust me, it’s so worth it!
I speak for myself: if I take food with me to university instead of eating at the cafeteria, I save a little over 10€ a week. That’s 40 something € a month!
2- Always compare prices
This is something I learned from my mom: she does this every time. You know those annoying supermarket papers you find EVERY SINGLE DAY on your mail? They are actually pretty helpful!
Browse through them and compare prices. For example, in a certain supermarket, a Colgate Toothpaste may cost 2,5€ (totally making that number up) and in another supermarket, it might be 20 cents cheaper.
I know it doesn’t sound like a lot of money to save but it’s better than nothing.
A lot of brands and stores have discounts and coupons that are given exclusively to people who have their store/brand cards or are listed in their subscription emails. This can help you save a lot of money.
Last week, for example, a perfume/beauty shop gave me a 7,5€ coupon and I was able to buy a liquid lipstick for 2,45€ when it originally cost 9,95€.
The other story is: my godmother subscribed to Blanco’s newsletter and because of that, she received a 50% discount on a purchase!
4- Keep track of your expenses
Writing down the money you receive and the amount you spend is a great way to keep track of your expenses.
I use my bullet journal to write down the amount of money I received that month on one column and the money I spent on the other one.
This helps me see how much I money I have left at the end of each month and it also helps me to figure out how to save even more the following month.
5- Create a savings account
Out of sight out of mind right? If you can’t see your money, you won’t be tempted to spend it.
I have an account that, every time I put money in there, half of it goes into my savings account.
This is a great way to save money, because, for you to transfer the money on your savings account back into your ‘usable’ account takes a bit of work and most people will just be too. lazy to do it.
My name is Rita Valente and I'm a 23-year-old Portuguese woman with a passion for fashion, lifestyle, and content creation. I'm currently studying foreign languages, literature, and culture in university (more specifically Spanish and English). I've always had a passion for writing and reading, especially in English so it was only natural for me to enroll in this degree. I see this blog not only as a place where I can write about things I love but also a place where I can practice my second language.
Hi! My name is Rita Valente and I'm the author of The European Closet, a blog dedicated to helping women in their 20's with a passion for trendy yet comfortable fashion, self-development, productivity, and building an online community.
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