I’m inspired when I hear stories of people winning with their money. I’m a firm believer that big things happen when we’re intentional with our finances. Every penny counts in this crazy world we live in and sometimes we have to think outside of the box in order to follow our financial dreams.
As I was chatting with a friend she shared her excitement about how their family has been intentional about saving money. One way they’ve been saving is to buy bagels at the store instead of at local bagel shops. Instead of paying $3 for one bagel, she buys a whole bag for the same price at our local grocery store. She said that her husband’s even gotten on board and is excited to see their savings. They’re looking forward to the day when they can take a special trip they’ve been dreaming of!
Another friend recently shared that she’s cutting out her expensive coffee habit. She’s going to make coffee at home instead of stopping by the local coffee shop. (I’m always amazed at how much coffee shops charge these days. Don’t get me wrong – I think it’s a great to treat yourself every once in a while.) My friend and I did the math and she’ll be able to save $1,800 in one year. WOW!!!
Saving money doesn’t mean that we can never eat out or do fun things. In fact, I would say that being intentional about our money does the opposite and allows you to do the things that are important! While we may have to say no to some things right now (do we really need them anyway?) we’ll be able to say yes to the important things that we’ve been planning and dreaming about.
Are you being intentional with your money? What creative things are you doing to save money?
Tshanina Peterson blogs at Thrifty T’s Treasures where you can follow her journey of living a thrifty lifestyle.